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Sidonia beach

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Sidonia (or Syndonia or Kato Psari) is located 89km southeast of Heraklion city, in a small valley, 9km east of Ano Viannos and 1km south of the village Psari Forada (or Mesa Psari); therefore it is also called Psari Forada beach. It is believed to be located on the site of the ancient town of Sidonia. It was originally the seaside village of fishermen and farmers coming from the village Kalami, situated 9km to the north. Psari Forada and Sidonia are hidden in the hug of a deep ravine formed by a small stream.

The area has a warm climate, which favours the cultivation of olive trees, subtropical fruits such as bananas, or early outdoor vegetables. The area of Psari Forada has experienced a mild tourist development in recent years and now is a traditional tranquil place, perfect for quiet family holidays at a very leisurely pace. The beach stretches from Cape Theophilos (east) to the west, till Sedona hill. It’s a lovely shore with dark grey coarse sand and with clear calm waters. There are many tamarisk trees around, providing natural shade. Of course, you could find shade under the umbrellas offered on the beach. There are several restaurants, taverns, a mini market, apartments and one pharmacy around. There are also water sports and some courts for beach volley.

The beach is quiet, but if you want to feel more secluded you could walk eastwards, right behind Cape Theophilos with the small lighthouse, where a unique secluded beach, called Thiofilo, is formed. Opposite Thiofilo, there is a large rock, which locals call Psaroharako. The water in the area is very deep and a small natural harbour is formed. You may also go to the western part of the main beach, which is quieter than the central one. If you’re lucky, you might participate in one of the popular beach parties and musical events, organized by the Cultural Association of Kalami village during August. Moreover, the active Association organizes sports events called “Sidonia”, which usually includes games such as beach volley, beach football, swimming, canoeing, tug, backgammon, table tennis, racing, basketball, and shooting, etc. The experience is fantastic and you can join freely.

The name Psari Forada
According to one version, the name of Psari Forada (i.e. grey-haired mare) comes from a story of a Turkish Aga, who wanted to show off, by hanging his grey mare, until she died of thirst. However, the version that you’ll hear most is the following: During the Byzantine Era, the Saracens occupied the island. The Byzantines sent a fleet led by General Theophilus to chase them. The fleet arrived at the current location “Thiofilo”. Theophilus’ favourite horse, a grey mare, could not walk anymore and the General did not want to kill her. Thus, he asked the soldiers to tie the mare under a big olive tree and ask the residents to take care of the horse, until it died.



What is the location of Sidonia beach?

Sidonia beach is located in the town of Sidonia, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Is Sidonia beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Sidonia beach is suitable for swimming. The water is clear and calm, making it safe for swimmers of all levels.

Are there any water sports available at Sidonia beach?

Yes, there are several water sports available at Sidonia beach, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking.

Is there a lifeguard on duty at Sidonia beach?

Yes, there is a lifeguard on duty at Sidonia beach during peak season.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Sidonia beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Sidonia beach, offering a variety of local and international cuisine.

Is there a fee to enter Sidonia beach?

No, there is no fee to enter Sidonia beach. It is open to the public and free to access.

Is there parking available at Sidonia beach?

Yes, there is parking available near Sidonia beach, although it can get crowded during peak season.

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 fine pebbles as sand.

What is the water depth of the beach?

The beach has a normal water depth.

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

The sea surface at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd level at the beach?

The beach has a normal crowd level.

What facilities are available at the beach?

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

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach is accessible via a paved road.

What other information is available about the beach?

The beach is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing and has tree shade.

Beach facilities

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


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Fine Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Paved road

Other information

  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Tree Shade

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