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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.


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Most frequent asked questions

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 Mononaftis 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 Mononaftis beach?

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

What type of sand can be found on the Mononaftis beach?

The Mononaftis beach has fine pebbles and rocks in some places.

What is the water depth of the Mononaftis beach?

The water depth of the Mononaftis beach is normal.

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

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

Is the Mononaftis beach usually crowded?

Yes, the Mononaftis beach is a crowded place.

What facilities are available at the Mononaftis beach?

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

How can the Mononaftis beach be accessed?

The Mononaftis beach can be accessed via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the Mononaftis beach?

The Mononaftis beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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