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Karoumes beach

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Karoumes beach, a serene and secluded area, is situated 110km east of Agios Nikolaos and 29km southeast of Sitia. The beach is nestled at the end of the picturesque Chochlakies gorge, a part of the E4 trail. The only way to reach the beach is by trekking through the gorge, as the rough terrain of the region doesn’t permit road access. To get there, you need to park your car in the charming village of Chochlakies and embark on the trail that begins 1km east of the village. The gorge spans 3.5km and is filled with water until springtime. The hike generally lasts 1.5 hours at a relaxed pace and is only feasible when it hasn’t rained. The trail alongside the river offers stunning views as the gorge, with its towering cliffs, weaves through the barren mountains. During the trek, you’ll encounter numerous ponds (in spring) and a vast variety of flora. As you approach the exit, the high cliffs transition into a small valley.

At the valley’s edge, you will discover the tranquil Karoumes beach. This beach features small pebbles, and its eastern orientation ensures calm waters. It’s also home to numerous trees providing shade, and some rocks on the beach’s northern side. The beach’s remote location and challenging access make it an ideal spot for solitude. For those seeking even more isolation, there are two hidden beaches, each only 3-5m long, located 300m and 400m south of the main beach.

Approximately 700m north of Karoumes beach, on the trail from Karoumes to Agathias (near Palekastro), you’ll find an incredible sandy beach called Mavromouri Cape. This beach, surrounded by rugged hills and dotted with rocks in the sea, is well-shielded from waves and wind. Rock recesses offer shade to the few visitors, who typically reach the beach by boat.

If you venture to Karoumes, don’t miss the Pelekita cave, situated 3km south of the beach. Near the cave is an ancient quarry, formerly used for building the Minoan palace in Kato Zakros. Be sure to bring torches if you plan to explore the cave’s interior. From the cave, you can continue south to Kato Zakros via the E4 trail. Alternatively, you can trek from Agathias to the three Skinias beaches and then stroll south along the coastline until you reach Karoumes.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Karoumes beach?

Karoumes beach is located in the southern part of Crete, Greece.

Is Karoumes beach accessible by car?

No, Karoumes beach is not accessible by car. Visitors need to park their car in the nearby village of Loutro and then take a boat to the Karoumes beach.

What is the boat schedule to Karoumes beach?

The boat schedule to Karoumes beach varies depending on the season. Visitors can check with the local boat operators for the latest schedule.

Is there any accommodation available near Karoumes beach?

No, there is no accommodation available near Karoumes beach. Visitors need to stay in the nearby villages of Loutro or Sfakia.

What activities can visitors do at Karoumes beach?

Karoumes beach is a secluded and quiet beach, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. Visitors can also go snorkeling or explore the nearby caves.

Is there any restaurant or cafe at Karoumes beach?

No, there is no restaurant or cafe at Karoumes beach. Visitors need to bring their own food and drinks.

Is Karoumes beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Karoumes beach is suitable for families with children. The Karoumes beach is calm and shallow, and there are no strong currents or waves.

Is there any entrance fee to Karoumes beach?

No, there is no entrance fee to Karoumes beach.

What is the water colour of the Karoumes beach?

The water colour of the Karoumes beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Karoumes beach?

The Karoumes beach has fine pebbles as sand.

What is the water depth of the Karoumes beach?

The water depth of the Karoumes beach is normal.

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

The sea surface at the Karoumes beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the Karoumes beach?

The Karoumes beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Karoumes beach?

There are no facilities available at the Karoumes beach.

What are the modes of access to the Karoumes beach?

The Karoumes beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information should I know about the Karoumes beach?

The Karoumes beach is nudism friendly and ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. There is also tree shade available.

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