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Kolokytha beach

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The small island of Kolokytha is situated directly across the Spinalonga Peninsula, a mere 12km north of Agios Nikolaos and nearby Elounda. The island faces the stunning Agios Loukas beach, also known as Kolokytha beach.

Kolokytha Beach, a secluded sandy haven, is nestled amidst protective cliffs. Known for its tranquil and crystal-clear waters, it’s perfect for a range of activities like swimming, sunbathing, and various water sports. This beach is a hotspot for recreation, offering opportunities for camping, snorkelling, and hiking. Its remote charm is enhanced by unspoiled, clear waters and a natural setting free from the clutter of umbrellas and sunbeds.

To reach the beach, a picturesque route from Elounda town is necessary, which takes you eastwards along the coastal road past the old Elounda salt pans. This road traces a thin stretch of land towards the Spinalonga Peninsula, sometimes mistakenly referred to as Kolokytha. Along this route, you will encounter a small canal created by the French army in 1897 to connect the Elounda lagoon to Mirabelo Bay. Surrounded by windmills, a charming bridge and boats in the canal, the landscape is truly unique. The road then transitions into a dirt track where you must make a right turn after 200-300m. This track will lead you across the Spinalonga Peninsula, offering breathtaking views of its rocky shores and deserted farms.

After a brief 3-4 minute journey, you will arrive at the church of Saint Luke, where it’s recommended to park. From here, you can see Kolokytha island, home to thousands of nesting gulls. The north reveals the Byzantine chapel of Saint Fokas, built to honor Byzantine emperor Nicephorus Phocas who freed Crete from the Arabs in 961 AD.

Though hidden from view at the chapel, the beach is nearby. Follow one of the 2-3 foot trails downhill and you’ll soon discover one of Crete’s most beautiful beaches. This secluded cove, with white sand and crystal-clear calm waters, is nestled among ancient olive groves and wheat crops. Despite its popularity and potential crowding during peak times, an early morning or late afternoon visit will reassure you of the beach’s exceptional charm.

If solitude is what you seek, head southwards beyond the beach’s right edge. Here, you’ll find two quiet bays with sand, rocks, and several tamarisk trees, named Vagi after the Greek word for the Cretan date palm. While less striking than Kolokytha, they offer a haven for nudists and those seeking tranquillity. You can still see remnants of a small limestone quarry nearby. The broader area is dotted with abandoned farmlands and an old farmhouse close to the beaches.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Kolokytha beach?

Kolokytha beach is located on the eastern side of the Greek island of Crete, near the town of Elounda.

Is Kolokytha beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Kolokytha beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are no strong currents or waves.

Are there any water sports activities available at Kolokytha beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Kolokytha beach, but visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Is there any shade available at Kolokytha beach?

No, there is no natural shade available at Kolokytha beach, but visitors can bring their own umbrellas or rent them from nearby vendors.

Is there any parking available at Kolokytha beach?

Yes, there is a small parking area available near Kolokytha beach, but it can get crowded during peak season.

Is there any accommodation available near Kolokytha beach?

Yes, there are several hotels and apartments available near Kolokytha beach, including the Elounda Beach Hotel and the Elounda Mare Hotel.

Is there any restaurant or cafe available at Kolokytha beach?

No, there are no restaurants or cafes available at Kolokytha beach, but visitors can find several options in the nearby town of Elounda.

What is the water colour of the Kolokytha beach?

The water colour of the Kolokytha beach is turquoise.

What type of sand is found on the Kolokytha beach?

The Kolokytha beach has both sand and white sand.

How deep is the water at the Kolokytha beach?

The water at the Kolokytha beach is shallow.

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

The surface of the sea at the Kolokytha beach is usually calm.

Is the Kolokytha beach usually crowded?

Yes, the Kolokytha beach is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the Kolokytha beach?

There are no facilities available at the Kolokytha beach.

What is the access to the Kolokytha beach like?

The Kolokytha beach can be accessed via a dirt track or by walking.

Is there any shade available at the Kolokytha beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the Kolokytha beach.

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