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Karteros beach

About Karteros beach

The Bay of Karteros is located at the exit of the homonym Gorge Karteros, 7km east of Heraklion and extends to the east for 3.5km. It is named after the Byzantine General, Krateros, who in 824AC landed on the beach with his ships in order to liberate Crete from the Saracens, but was defeated. On the long bay, there are two settlements, Karteros and Amnissos. The area has developed so much that the two villages are now merged. The main reason for the rapid development of the area is the small distance from Heraklion and the beautiful beachfront with the fine golden sand.

There are many hotels, restaurants and beach bars nearby. Karteros Bay is open to north winds and the water is usually wavy. The water is shallow and there are no rocks, apart from very few places. The least crowded part of the beach is located adjacent to the airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”, 7km west of Heraklion. This part is called Florida after an old tavern called like this (not existing anymore) and is the calmest of all beaches. There are a few umbrellas and not too many facilities around, compared to the easternmost beaches. In Florida empties the river that runs in the Gorge of Karteros, which is definitely worth visiting especially in spring. On the beach, a small wetland is formed, which dries up in summer. In Florida, you should visit the old Church of St. John and St. Nikon Metanoite, which is built inside a large cave. Lastly, do not get surprised if you see horses on the beach because there is the Riding Club of Heraklion.




What is the location of Karteros beach?

Karteros beach is located on the north coast of the island of Crete, Greece.

Is Karteros beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Karteros beach is suitable for swimming. However, it is important to pay attention to the water conditions and any warning signs.

Are there any water sports activities available at Karteros beach?

Yes, there are water sports activities available at Karteros beach, including jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing.

Is there a nearby town or village to Karteros beach?

Yes, the town of Karteros is located near the beach and offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

Is Karteros beach family-friendly?

Yes, Karteros beach is family-friendly and offers a variety of activities for children, including a playground and shallow waters for swimming.

Is there a parking area available at Karteros beach?

Yes, there is a parking area available at Karteros beach for visitors.

Is Karteros beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, Karteros beach is not fully accessible for people with disabilities due to the uneven terrain and lack of facilities.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard, and showers.

How can I access the beach?

The beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.

Is there any other information available about the beach?

No other information is available about the beach.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports
  • Lifeguard
  • Showers


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually wavy

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

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