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Pahia Ammos, Kerames

  • Pahia Ammos, Kerames


The village Kerames is located 49km south of Rethymno, close to the village Agalianos. South of the village is many beautiful beaches, with the most famous being the beaches of Akoumiani Gialia, namely Ligres, Triopetra and Agios Pavlos sandhills. The beachfront north of Akoumiani Gialia is called Keramiani Giulia, meaning Keramean Beach, named after the nearby village.

The poor asphalt road that leads to Keramiani Gialia stops near the local harbour of Agia Fotini, also known as Agia Fotia. Southeast of Agia Fotini, you will find the main beaches of Keramiani Gialia. There is a dirt track (in good condition) that heads there from Agia Fotini. The first beach is called Podare. Podare has coarse sand and rocks in some places, making it ideal for fishing and snorkelling. This magnificent beach is not organized, although there are some rooms to rent on the beach.

Continuing driving on the easy dirt road that heads to the east after Podare, you will head beyond the big hill. You will reach a parking area, near some rooms for renting, where the road stops. The beach that stretches on your right hand is called Glima and is a sandy secluded beach totally unorganised.

If you walk to the east from there for 100m, you will see a towering sandhill on your left hand. The beach in front of them is called Pahia Ammos, i..e. Coarse Sand and is ideal for absolute seclusion.



What is the meaning of Pahia Ammos?

Pahia Ammos means “thick sand” in Greek.

Is Pahia Ammos a secluded beach?

Yes, Pahia Ammos is a secluded beach located in the south of Crete, away from the main tourist areas.

What activities can be done at Pahia Ammos?

Pahia Ammos is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. The beach is also ideal for hiking and exploring the surrounding area.

Is there any accommodation near Pahia Ammos?

There are a few small hotels and apartments near Pahia Ammos, but they are limited in number. Most visitors prefer to stay in nearby villages and towns.

What is the best time to visit Pahia Ammos?

The best time to visit Pahia Ammos is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. However, the beach can get crowded during peak season, so it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

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 sand, with 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 sea surface at the beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach crowds are quiet.

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 via a dirt track or walking.

What other information is available about the beach?

The beach is nudism friendly, ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing, and has rock shade.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Sand
  • Rocks in places

Sea surface

  • Usually wavy

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Dirt track

Other information

  • Nudism friendly
  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Rock shade

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