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Katarti beach

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Katarti is a tiny beach that is formed in the exit of a small gorge, 73km south of Heraklion city, at the base of Cape Oxa. This secluded beach is located amidst the wild and majestic landscape of Asterousia Range, southwest of the summit of Kofinas. There is one rough dirt road leading near the beach coming from Salamias bay. The beach however can be accessed primarily by boat or after hiking from Agios Ioannis or the beach of Tripiti, which is located 2.5km to the west.

The surrounding area is ideal for fishing since fish still abounds on the rocky bottom despite the destructive illegal use of dynamites by some locals. Katarti has white pebbles and a clear deep sea, while the rocky shores around are awesome. The two sides of the beach are protected by high cliffs, which are the extension of the walls of the gorge in the sea. These rocks offer protection from wind and shade throughout the day.

The beach name means mast in Greek and is taken after a nearby high boulder in the sea. Some call it Arkouda (bear), as they say, that the rocks remind them of a bear!



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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 pebbles as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is deep.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach is usually quiet with fewer crowds.

What facilities are available at the beach?

There are no facilities available at the beach.

What are the modes of access to the beach?

The beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information should I know about the beach?

The beach is nudism friendly and is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing. There are rock shades available on the beach.

Beach facilities


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Deep

Beach sand type

  • Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Boat

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Rock shade

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