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Itanos beaches

Beach description

Situated 96km to the east of Agios Nikolaos and 26km east of Sitia, just north of the renowned Vai palm forest, you’ll find Itanos. The name is derived from the ancient city Itanos, which was located in this region. Adjacent to the Itanos archaeological site, you’ll discover Erimoupolis, another name for the region, which stretches across three consecutive days. This offers you the unique opportunity to pair your visit to the archaeological site with a refreshing dip in the cool waters. Notably, a portion of ancient Itanos is submerged underwater, providing a singular snorkelling experience over the ruins.

Reaching this location requires you to drive to the archaeological site where you can park. From here, short trails lead to the local beaches. The first beach lies to the south of a small fort that once stood at the tip of a small peninsula, accessible via a path running alongside it. This unorganised and peaceful beach boasts white sand and calm waters. The picturesque scenery is enhanced by a sprinkling of palm trees offering shade.

Opposite the Itanos parking lot, you’ll find Erimoupolis’ second beach. This sandy beach, punctuated with rocks, is excellent for snorkelling and is shaded by several trees. The most stunning beach, however, is concealed behind the hill to the north of the parking area. This longest beach features stunning turquoise waters and fine sand. While it’s not organised, it has become quite popular among visitors.

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Most frequent asked questions

What are the top activities to do at Itanos beaches?

There are plenty of activities to do at Itanos beaches, including swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and exploring the nearby caves and rock formations.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Itanos beaches?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes located near Itanos beaches, offering a variety of local and international cuisine.

What is the best time to visit Itanos beaches?

The best time to visit Itanos beaches is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Are there any hiking trails near Itanos beaches?

Yes, there are several hiking trails located near Itanos beaches, offering stunning views of the coastline and surrounding mountains.

Can I rent beach equipment at Itanos beaches?

Yes, there are several rental shops located near Itanos beaches, offering beach chairs, umbrellas, and other equipment for rent.

Are there any water sports available at Itanos beaches?

Yes, there are several water sports available at Itanos beaches, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing.

Is Itanos beaches suitable for families with children?

Yes, Itanos beaches are suitable for families with children, as the water is shallow and calm, and there are several playgrounds and activities available for kids.

What is the water colour of the Itanos beaches?

The water colour of the Itanos beaches is turquoise and blue.

What type of sand is found on the Itanos beaches?

The Itanos beaches has sand.

What is the water depth of the Itanos beaches?

The water depth of the Itanos beaches is normal.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Itanos beaches?

The surface of the sea at the Itanos beaches is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Itanos beaches?

The Itanos beaches has a normal crowd.

What facilities are available at the Itanos beaches?

There are no facilities available at the Itanos beaches.

What is the access to the Itanos beaches like?

The Itanos beaches can be accessed via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the Itanos beaches?

The Itanos beaches is nudism friendly and has palm trees. It is also ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing, and there is tree shade available.

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  • eparchiaki odos Palekastro Vai

Offering free WiFi and free private parking, Finikas House is located in Palekastron, just 1.3 km from Itanos Beach.

Leading onto a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned holiday home consists of 1 bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Vai Beach, Psili Ammos Beach and Vai Palm Forest. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 25 km from Finikas House.

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Only 150 metres from the Maridatis Beach in Palaikastron, Maridatis Apartments is a self-catering accommodation featuring a sun terrace and garden. Free Wi-Fi is available.

The split level apartments come with a TV, balcony, and seating area. A fully equipped kitchenette with fridge and electric kettle in included. Featuring a bath or shower, the bathroom comes with free toiletries.
The studios come with a kitchen, bathroom and a large common space serving as a seating and sleeping areas. Some of the rooms have air conditioning. All rooms offer view of the sea and surrounding area.

There is a tavern right next to hotel with traditional meals owned by the hotelier and breakfast is served a la carte.

Maridatis Apartments is only 3 km from the centre of Palaikastro on the road to Vai. Siteia is 20 km away and Sitia Public Airport is located 15 km away. Free parking is offered on site.

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Offering a garden and garden view, flamingo colour valey house is located in Palekastron, 500 metres from Maridati Beach and less than 1 km from Kouremenos Beach. This property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi.

The 1-bedroom chalet comes with a living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen and 1 bathroom.

Kedromouri Beach is 2.9 km from the chalet, while Vai Palm Forest is 6.3 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 24 km from flamingo colour valey house.

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Featuring mountain views, Villa Aiolos offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.4 km from Kouremenos Beach. This holiday home has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a hot tub. If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling, cycling and fishing are possible in the surroundings and Villa Aiolos can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Maridati Beach is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Vai Palm Forest is 5.8 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public, 23 km from Villa Aiolos, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Villa Amalia is nestled on Palekastro amidst olive groves. It features a courtyard with sun loungers and panoramic sea view. The family-run property offers self-contained units with private balcony and free WiFi throughout.

Each of the studios and apartments features a kitchenette and a private bathroom.

Guests can relax at the garden and enjoy the scenic view. Barbeque facilities are available for all guests to use.

Kouremenos Beach is an 1-minute drive away and it is ideal for windsurfing. Villa Amalia is 21 km from Sitia, and 6 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The traditional village of Palekastro is just a 10-minute walk.

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Boasting a hot tub, Panorama Family House is set in Palekastron. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

Providing access to a terrace with garden views, the villa consists of 5 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A flat-screen TV is offered.

Kouremenos Beach is less than 1 km from the villa, while Maridati Beach is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 22 km from Panorama Family House.

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