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Fraskia beach

Beach description

The Panagia’s Fraskia Bay is nestled 24km northwest of Heraklion, on the western fringe of the Heraklion Bay. It is situated at a small valley’s exit, adjacent to the existing private settlement of Theseus. The name, Fraskia, originates from the Cretan term ‘fraski’, a type of jar used as a beehive by the Cretans. The surrounding area abounds in thyme, herbs, and shrubs, making it a perfect spot for beekeeping.

A significant portion of the coastline is peppered with alternating tiny coves of sandy and rocky seafloors, extending southwards to the area known as “The Garden of Priest”. Beyond this area, remarkable caves can be found. The sea, usually calm due to the infrequent eastern winds in northern Crete, was used by the Venetians as a harbour to shield their ships. Particularly on days when the northwest winds prevail, Panagia becomes the preferred choice for Heraklion’s boat owners.

Access to the beach is primarily by boat, with a strenuous path from the Heraklion-Rethymnon highway (before the exit to Ligaria) leading to the bay. A shorter, more accessible path starts from the neighbouring Theseus beach, but entry is restricted as it is private property. The beach is secluded, with no amenities. Sadly, unchecked construction by thoughtless locals has marred the shoreline. These squatters brazenly constructed cement bases on the beach, causing significant damage to the landscape with their refuse.

The beach is named after the Panagia (Virgin Mary) monastery, of which only ruined walls remain. A solitary shrine is the only reminder of a once-existing church. The church continues to celebrate annual festivities, with residents of Rogdia and Achlada villages arriving by boat. A dry creek with dense vegetation lies near the church.

In front of the settlement, there is a deep, pebbly beach with a calm, artificially created sea meant for the residents. The seabed starts shallow but deepens abruptly after a few meters. Umbrellas are provided for the village dwellers. Non-residents or visitors are prohibited from driving cars to the beach and must park near the village exit. A steep 1km walk is required to reach the beach, making the return journey quite exhausting. The beach may not be worth the effort unless permitted by a security guard to drive down. Alternatively, boats from the nearest harbour, Pantanassa, can be used. The deep waters are ideal for fishing, especially for avid snorkelers.


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Most frequent asked questions

What activities can I do at Fraskia beach?

There are various activities you can do at Fraskia beach such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and beach volleyball.

Is Fraskia beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Fraskia beach is suitable for families with children as the water is calm and shallow, making it safe for kids to swim.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Fraskia beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Fraskia beach where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while enjoying the beautiful view.

Can I rent beach equipment at Fraskia beach?

Yes, you can rent beach equipment such as umbrellas, sun loungers, and beach towels at Fraskia beach.

Is Fraskia beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, Fraskia beach is accessible for people with disabilities as there are ramps and special facilities available for them.

Are there any water sports activities available at Fraskia beach?

Yes, there are several water sports activities available at Fraskia beach such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Is Fraskia beach a good spot for snorkeling?

Yes, Fraskia beach is a good spot for snorkeling as there are various marine species and colorful corals that can be seen underwater.

Is there a parking area near Fraskia beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Fraskia beach where you can park your car for a fee.

What is the water colour of the Fraskia beach?

The water colour of the Fraskia beach is deep blue.

What type of sand is found on the Fraskia beach?

The Fraskia beach has fine pebbles.

How deep is the water at the Fraskia beach?

The water at the Fraskia beach is deep.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Fraskia beach?

The sea surface at the Fraskia beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Fraskia beach?

The Fraskia beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Fraskia beach?

There are no facilities available at the Fraskia beach.

What are the access options to the Fraskia beach?

The Fraskia beach can be accessed via a paved road or by boat.

What other activities can be done at the Fraskia beach?

The Fraskia beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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