Mononaftis is a beautiful pebbly beach, located 24km northwest of Heraklion and just 1km north of Agia Pelagia. According to tradition, a ship was sunk here once and only one sailor survived. This story gave the name Mononaftis to the beach, which means “One sailor”. However, Mononaftis is the boulder floating some 50m off the coast.
The beach is located in the northern part of the peninsula of Agia Pelagia and is sheltered from the (common) north winds since it faces to the east. This feature makes Mononaftis and the surrounding beaches popular with locals.
The beach has coarse sand/pebbles and the water has a characteristic greenish colour. It is very well organized with umbrellas, sun beds, water sports, etc. Moreover, near the beach, you will find many cafes, restaurants and many options for accommodation. The seabed is rocky, which makes it ideal for fishing and scuba diving.
To drive here from Heraklion, drive on the National Road towards Chania and ignore the first sign to Agia Pelagia. Turn right at the second exit to Agia Pelagia/ Achlada and follow the road heading north, to the sea. After 2-3 km you will see a petrol station on your left hand. Before the station turn left and continue driving until you reach the settlement of Mononaftis (parking is a quite big issue there in peak season).
Mononaftis beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty.
Yes, Mononaftis beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm.
Yes, visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing at Mononaftis beach.
Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Mononaftis beach where visitors can enjoy delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks.
Yes, visitors can rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Mononaftis beach for a comfortable and relaxing day at the beach.
Yes, Mononaftis beach is accessible by public transportation, with regular bus services available from nearby towns and cities.
Yes, there are several hiking trails near Mononaftis beach that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape and coastline.
Yes, Mononaftis beach is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months when visitors flock to the area to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.
The water colour of the beach is deep blue and green.
The beach has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.
The water depth of the beach is normal.
The surface of the sea at the beach is usually calm.
Yes, the beach is a crowded place.
The beach has accommodation options, food and water nearby, umbrellas and beds, and sports facilities.
The beach can be accessed via a paved road.
The beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.
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