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Gramvousa island and beach

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The island of Imeri Gramvousa is located 20km northwest of Kissamos, opposite the imposing Cape of Gramvousa and 2 miles northwest of the famous lagoon of Balos.

Its historical significance is captured by the majestic Venetian fortress that remains standing 137m above the beach. This fortress is not just a relic of the past but also an icon of pirate legends, which suggests a buried treasure somewhere on the island. An old shipwreck, long deserted near the beach, has become an integral element of Gramvousa’s unique panorama.

Two sizable bays on the island’s southern flank cradle the iconic shipwreck between them. The western bay, situated below the castle, is a popular destination for hundreds of daily visitors who arrive via excursion boats from Kissamos, a journey that takes an hour. These boats make a stop at Gramvousa before heading onward to the stunning Balos Beach.

Visitors have the chance to explore the castle and shipwreck, as well as indulge in a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the western cove, adjacent to the Holy Apostles Church. The beach, known for its mesmerising turquoise hue, features a mix of white sand and occasional rocky spots. Tamarisk trees near the beach provide a natural shade, while the area’s seabed is a snorkeler’s delight. Excursion boats provide food and water from onboard bars. Due to the area’s protection under the Natura 2000 program, no additional facilities are available, and overnight stays are prohibited.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is Gramvousa Islet?

Gramvousa Islet is a small island located off the coast of Crete, Greece.

How do I get to Gramvousa Islet?

You can reach Gramvousa Islet by taking a boat tour from the nearby town of Kissamos.

What is there to do on Gramvousa Islet?

Gramvousa Islet is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and historic Venetian fortress. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, hike, and explore the fortress.

Is Gramvousa Islet crowded?

The island can get crowded during peak tourist season, but it is generally less crowded than other popular beaches in the area.

What is the water condition like at Gramvousa Islet?

The water at Gramvousa Islet is typically calm and clear, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

What type of beach is Gramvousa Islet?

Gramvousa Islet has a mix of sandy and rocky beaches, with crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Are there any facilities on Gramvousa Islet?

There are limited facilities on the island, so visitors should bring their own food, water, and supplies. Excursion boats provide food and water from onboard bars.

Is Gramvousa Islet suitable for families with children?

Yes, Gramvousa Islet is suitable for families with children. The Gramvousa island and beaches are safe for swimming and there are plenty of opportunities for exploring and hiking. However, parents should keep an eye on their children at all times, especially near the water.

What is the water colour of the Gramvousa beach?

The water colour of the Gramvousa island and beach is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the Gramvousa beach?

The Gramvousa island and beach has white sand with rocks in some places.

What is the water depth of the Gramvousa beach?

The water depth of the Gramvousa island and beach is normal.

What is the surface of the Gramvousa beach usually like?

The surface of the Gramvousa island and beach is usually calm.

What facilities are available at the Gramvousa beach?

Food and water are available nearby.

How can the Gramvousa beach be accessed?

The Gramvousa island and beach can be accessed by boat.

What other activities can be done at the Gramvousa island and beach?

The Gramvousa island and beach is ideal for snorkelling and hiking.

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