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Mavros Kolimbos beach

  • Mavros Kolimbos beach


Mavros Kolimbos or Agios Panteleimon beach is located 51km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 16km east of Ierapetra. It is a small settlement near the shore, that has faced mild development during the last decades. There are some rooms to rent around and some small taverns. Mavros Kolimbos is a nice beach with dark grey pebbles and usually calm water. The seabed is rocky in some places, making it ideal for snorkelling. It is totally unorganised, but there are some tamarisk trees around offering natural shade.

You can drive here from Ierapetra by getting the main road heading east to Makrigialos, along the south coastline of Crete. There are also bus services to Makrigialos, that could stop in the area. If you come by car, it is worth visiting the nearby mountainous village of Orino at Thrypti Range and the Gorge of Red Butterflies. In the settlement, you can visit the church of Agios Panteleimonas, after which it takes its second name.



What is the meaning of Mavros Kolimbos?

Mavros Kolimbos means “black pool” in Greek.

Is Mavros Kolimbos beach suitable for swimming?

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

Are there any nearby attractions to Mavros Kolimbos beach?

Yes, visitors can explore the nearby village of Kalo Chorio and the ancient ruins of Lato.

Is Mavros Kolimbos beach accessible by public transportation?

Yes, visitors can take a bus from Agios Nikolaos to Kalo Chorio and then walk to the beach.

Is Mavros Kolimbos beach a popular spot for snorkeling or diving?

No, Mavros Kolimbos beach is not known for its snorkeling or diving opportunities.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Mavros Kolimbos beach?

There are a few restaurants and cafes in the nearby village of Kalo Chorio, but none directly on the beach.

Is Mavros Kolimbos beach a good spot for watching the sunset?

Yes, Mavros Kolimbos beach offers a beautiful view of the sunset over the Aegean Sea.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has pebbles as its sand type.

What is the water depth of the beach?

The beach has a normal water depth.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd level at the beach?

The beach has a normal crowd level.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options and food/water nearby.

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach can be accessed through bus services and a paved road.

Is there any tree shade available at the beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the beach.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Tree Shade

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