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Mononaftis beach

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Beach description

Mononaftis is a stunning pebble-strewn beach situated 24km northwest of Heraklion and just 1km north of Agia Pelagia on the island of Crete. Its name, meaning “One sailor”, originates from a local tale about a shipwreck where only one sailor survived. Interestingly, the term Mononaftis also refers to the large boulder floating about 50m off the shore.

The beach is nestled in the northern region of the Agia Pelagia peninsula and is shielded from the prevalent north winds due to its eastward facing position. This makes it, along with the nearby beaches, a popular choice among locals.

Mononaftis beach has a mixture of coarse sand and pebbles and the sea displays a unique greenish hue. It’s well-equipped with amenities such as umbrellas, sunbeds, and water sports facilities. Additionally, a variety of cafes, restaurants, and accommodation options can be found in close proximity. The seabed is rocky, making it a perfect spot for fishing and scuba diving.

Reaching Mononaftis from Heraklion involves driving on the National Road towards Chania, bypassing the first sign to Agia Pelagia. Take a right at the second exit to Agia Pelagia/Achlada and continue northwards towards the sea. After driving for 2-3 km, you’ll notice a petrol station on your left. Take a left before the station and keep driving until you arrive at the Mononaftis settlement. However, be aware that finding parking can be a challenge during the peak season.