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The Koudoumas Monastery is nestled 74km south of Heraklion, on the western edge of Cape Martelos and beneath Kofinas Peak, the highest summit of the Asterousia Mountains. This region is dotted with cavities, once the refuge of hermits. Getting to the monastery involves a 20km drive on a dirt road originating from Sternes village, which takes you from an elevation of 1000m down to sea level. The descent offers breathtaking views that might even induce vertigo! The path is lined with pine and cypress trees, many contorted by the forceful winds.

In front of the monastery, a beautiful pebble beach with crystal clear, cool waters awaits. It’s a perfect spot for swimming and tranquil moments. Please be aware that nudism is not permitted here. Besides the monastery, there is no other infrastructure for several kilometres, so ensure you have all the essentials with you. Camping on the beach is allowed, as long as you respect the monks’ privacy. To the east of the beach, numerous caves provide shelter and shade.

Dedicated to the Assumption, the Koudoumas Monastery was initially a small church within a cave. The original chapel, constructed in the 14th century and dedicated to Christ, was either abandoned or destroyed by pirates. In 1878, Saints Parthenios and Evmenios started constructing the monastery over the old church ruins. Today, it has been restored, with the ancient frescoes now visible. A newer, second church honouring Saint Parthenios and Evmenios has also been built, with their feast day celebrated on July 10. The monastery houses the relics of these saints.

Each year, on July 10 and August 15, hundreds of worshippers flock to the monastery to celebrate and spend the night on the beach, partaking in the feast. If you visit Koudoumas, take a 15-25 minutes walk westwards to the Cave of Avakkospilio, home to monks in the past. The cave boasts an impressive array of stalactites, stalagmites, and large columns. In antiquity, it served as a fertility goddess worship site, where childless women were brought. You can also trek to the St. Anthony’s Cave (60′-90′) or follow the old footpath eastwards to the village of Paranimfi (4-5 hours).

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What is the location of Koudoumas beach?

Koudoumas beach is located on the southern coast of Crete, Greece.

Is Koudoumas beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Koudoumas beach is suitable for swimming, but visitors should be cautious of strong currents.

Are there any water sports available at Koudoumas beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Koudoumas beach.

Is there any shade available at Koudoumas beach?

No, there is no natural shade available at Koudoumas beach, so visitors should bring their own umbrellas or sunshades.

Is Koudoumas beach accessible by car?

Yes, Koudoumas beach is accessible by car, but the road leading to the Koudoumas beach is narrow and winding.

Is there any accommodation available near Koudoumas beach?

No, there is no accommodation available near Koudoumas beach, but visitors can find hotels and apartments in nearby villages.

Is Koudoumas beach suitable for families with children?

Koudoumas beach is not recommended for families with young children due to the strong currents and lack of facilities.

What is the water colour of the Koudoumas beach?

The water colour of the Koudoumas beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Koudoumas beach?

The Koudoumas beach has pebbles as its sand type.

What is the water depth of the Koudoumas beach?

The Koudoumas beach has a normal water depth.

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

The sea surface at the Koudoumas beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd level at the Koudoumas beach?

The Koudoumas beach has a normal crowd level.

What facilities are available at the Koudoumas beach?

There are no facilities available at the Koudoumas beach.

What is the access to the Koudoumas beach like?

The Koudoumas beach can be accessed through a dirt track.

What other information is available about the Koudoumas beach?

The Koudoumas beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing. It also has tree shade and rock shade.

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