Lassea beach

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Chrysostomos, a quaint seaside hamlet, is situated 75km to the south of Heraklion and 3km to the east of Kali Limenes. This small community features a few local taverns, a mini market, and available lodging. It takes its name from the decaying church of Saint John Chrysostomos located on the eastern side of the settlement. Chrysostomos is established on the ancient city of Lassea’s site, which Saint Paul visited during his time on Crete. Lassea served as a port for the Roman city Gortys, the then capital of Crete and Libya in the Roman era, and was rich in copper resources.

Lassea’s beach, in front of the village, is a picturesque spot featuring coarse sand and shelter from westerly winds. It’s not commercialized, but is conveniently close to the village. On the beach’s western edge, a rocky outcrop extends towards the small islet of Trafos, marking the ancient port of Lassea’s old pier. These rocks have been there since the 1960s, when they were used to construct the Oil Tanks of Kali Limenes. The ancient town of Lasea’s remnants are still visible on the beach and the islet. The beach extends beyond Trafos to the west, forming a separate beach known as Segrezo Ryaki that faces westward. This beach is proximate to a Roman cemetery and is secluded, ideal for nudists, but has more rocks than the main beach. At the westernmost point, there’s a freshwater spring.

To get here from Kali Limenes, take the paved road that begins 1km east of Kali Limenes and head east towards Platia Peramata. After about 2km, you will encounter the village of Chrysostomos on your right.

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The water colour of the Lassea beach is blue.

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The Lassea beach has sand and fine pebbles.

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The water depth at the Lassea beach is normal.

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The sea surface at the Lassea beach is usually calm.

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The Lassea beach usually has a normal crowd level.

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The Lassea beach has accommodation options, food and water nearby, and umbrellas/beds.

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The Lassea beach can be accessed via a paved road.

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The Lassea beach is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing and has tree shade.

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