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.
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.
Katholiko beach is a secluded beach located on the Akrotiri peninsula in Crete, Greece.
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.
No, Katholiko beach is not crowded due to its secluded location and difficult access.
The water at Katholiko beach is clear and clean, but can be rough due to the strong winds in the area.
Katholiko beach is a pebble beach with crystal clear waters.
No, there are no facilities at Katholiko beach. Visitors need to bring their own food, water, and other necessities.
Swimming at Katholiko beach can be dangerous due to the strong winds and currents. Visitors should exercise caution and only swim in calm conditions.
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.
The water colour of the beach is blue.
The beach has fine pebbles as sand.
The beach has a normal water depth.
The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.
The beach is usually quiet with fewer crowds.
The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.
The beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.
Yes, there is tree shade available at the beach.
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