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Loutra beach

Beach description

Located just 3km to the east of the coastal village of Lendas, and 77km to the south of Heraklion, you’ll find Loutra. Known to locals as the home of the Lendas port, it’s safeguarded on the eastern side by Cape Trafoulas. Adjacent to the harbour, there are several coves with sandy and rocky sea beds, perfect for snorkelling and fishing. Although it’s relatively unorganised and not overly busy, there are a few nearby restaurants and rental rooms. Before the construction of Lendas’ port, Loutra was a favourite amongst naturists, but these days they tend to feel less at ease here.

West of the main beach and detached from the harbour is a small beach known as “Pasiphae’s Baths” or Hammam. Legend has it that this beach was the bathing place of choice for females, led by Queen Pasiphae, wife of the mythical King of Knossos, Minos. Minos and his male counterparts, however, would typically be found at Trafoulas beach.

Close by Loutra, there’s the charming Panaghia (Virgin Mary) Vithanos chapel, which is uniquely built into a rock. According to local folklore, a shepherd found a Panaghia icon in the rocks above Loutra near the canyon. After the icon was stolen from a church in the Plain of Mesara and went missing, the shepherd re-discovered it in the same spot. To express their gratitude for this miracle, the shepherd and his companions decided to construct a church at this site. They were faced with the difficult task of bringing water up from the valley, a task made possible by Panaghia who created a spring from the barren rock. This is the reason the church’s icons depict Panaghia surrounded by water.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Loutra beach?

Loutra beach is located in the village of Loutra, on the northwestern coast of the island of Evia, Greece.

Is Loutra beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Loutra beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it safe for swimmers of all levels.

Are there any water sports available at Loutra beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Loutra beach. However, visitors can enjoy snorkeling and fishing.

Is there a lifeguard on duty at Loutra beach?

No, there is no lifeguard on duty at Loutra beach. Visitors are advised to swim at their own risk.

Is there a fee to enter Loutra beach?

No, there is no fee to enter Loutra beach. It is a public beach and open to all visitors.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Loutra beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Loutra beach. Visitors can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and drinks while overlooking the sea.

Is there parking available at Loutra beach?

Yes, there is parking available near Loutra beach. However, during peak season, it can be difficult to find a spot.

Is Loutra beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Loutra beach is suitable for families with children. The water is shallow and calm, making it safe for children to swim. There is also a playground nearby for children to enjoy.

What is the water colour of the Loutra beach?

The water colour of the Loutra beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Loutra beach?

The Loutra beach has sand and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth of the Loutra beach?

The water depth of the Loutra beach is normal.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Loutra beach?

The Loutra beach crowds are quiet.

What facilities are available at the Loutra beach?

The Loutra beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the Loutra beach like?

The Loutra beach access is via a paved road.

What other information is available about the Loutra beach?

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

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