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Mononaftis beach

  • Mononaftis beach


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).



What is Mononaftis beach known for?

Mononaftis beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty.

Is Mononaftis beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Mononaftis beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm.

Are there any water sports activities available at Mononaftis beach?

Yes, visitors can enjoy a variety of water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and jet skiing at Mononaftis beach.

Is there a restaurant or cafe near Mononaftis beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Mononaftis beach where visitors can enjoy delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks.

Can visitors rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Mononaftis beach?

Yes, visitors can rent beach chairs and umbrellas at Mononaftis beach for a comfortable and relaxing day at the beach.

Is Mononaftis beach accessible by public transportation?

Yes, Mononaftis beach is accessible by public transportation, with regular bus services available from nearby towns and cities.

Are there any hiking trails near Mononaftis beach?

Yes, there are several hiking trails near Mononaftis beach that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape and coastline.

Is Mononaftis beach a popular tourist destination?

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.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is deep blue and green.

What type of sand can be found on the beach?

The beach has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.

What is the water depth of the beach?

The water depth of the beach is normal.

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

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

Is the beach usually crowded?

Yes, the beach is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food and water nearby, umbrellas and beds, and sports facilities.

How can the beach be accessed?

The beach can be accessed via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the beach?

The beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports


  • Crowded place

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Fine Pebbles
  • Rocks in places

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Deep blue
  • Green


  • Paved road

Other information

  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing

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