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Katholiko beach

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From Agios Nikolaos, after leaving the sheltered beach Amoudi behind and following the road leading to Elounda, you will soon meet the enclosed bay of Katholiko, formed between the Hotel Minos Palace and the Cape Nissi. It is a small pebbly and sandy cove, which is mainly used as a harbour for boats (and is not well organized). There is a playground on the beach. Katholiko is generally avoided by swimmers (due to the boats), but still, it’s allowed to swim here, although there are many better choices nearby. 

At Cape Nissi, there is the Byzantine church of Saint Nicholas, after which the town Agios Nikolaos gets its name. From Katholiko starts a seaside road ending at the rocky tip of Cape Nissi with the WW2 pillboxes. From there the views of the small island Agii Pantes (All Saints) and Mikronissi are great.

Minos beaches
Inside the area of Minos Palace hotel, there is a nice sandy beach, which is well organized by the hotel. Access is free, of course, as on all beaches of Greece. Note that the beach is not directly visible from the main road.



What is Katholiko beach?

Katholiko beach is a secluded beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula in Crete, Greece.

How do I get to Katholiko beach?

To get to Katholiko beach, you need to hike down a steep and rocky path from the nearby Katholiko monastery. The hike takes about 20-30 minutes.

Is Katholiko beach crowded?

No, Katholiko beach is not crowded due to its secluded location and difficult access.

What is the water condition like at Katholiko beach?

The water at Katholiko beach is clear and clean, but can be rough due to the strong winds in the area.

What type of beach is Katholiko beach?

Katholiko beach is a pebble beach with crystal clear waters.

Are there any facilities at Katholiko beach?

No, there are no facilities at Katholiko beach. Visitors need to bring their own food, water, and other necessities.

Is it safe to swim at Katholiko beach?

Swimming at Katholiko beach can be dangerous due to the strong winds and currents. Visitors should exercise caution and only swim in calm conditions.

What is the best time to visit Katholiko beach?

The best time to visit Katholiko beach is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the sea is calm. However, visitors should avoid visiting during the peak tourist season to avoid crowds.

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 fine pebbles as sand.

What is the water depth of the beach?

The beach has a normal water depth.

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?

The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the beach like?

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

Is there any tree shade available at the beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the beach.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Fine Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Tree Shade

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