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Tenda bays

Beach description

Here are some sandy bays away from prying eyes, while generally, the rocky bottom is maybe the richest on the island, attracting many fishermen from all over Crete. It is generally very windy and you will almost always see windsurfers. The west bay is called Tenda and is open to west winds and wavy, while the east is called Eligas and the sea surface is usually flat.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the history of Tenda Bays?

Tenda Bays is a relatively new beach that was opened to the public in the early 2000s.

What is the best time to visit Tenda Bays?

The best time to visit Tenda Bays is during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny.

Are there any water sports available at Tenda Bays?

Yes, Tenda Bays offers a variety of water sports activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Is there a designated area for swimming at Tenda Bays?

Yes, there is a designated area for swimming at Tenda Bays that is marked by buoys.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to Tenda Bays?

Yes, visitors are allowed to bring their own food and drinks to Tenda Bays. However, there are also several food and drink vendors available on the Tenda bays.

Is there a fee to enter Tenda Bays?

Yes, there is a small fee to enter Tenda Bays. The fee goes towards maintaining the Tenda bays and its facilities.

Are there any nearby attractions to Tenda Bays?

Yes, there are several nearby attractions to Tenda Bays such as the Tenda Wildlife Reserve and the Tenda Lighthouse.

What is the water colour of the Tenda bays?

The water colour of the Tenda bays is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Tenda bays?

The Tenda bays has sand as its sand type.

How deep is the water at the Tenda bays?

The water at the Tenda bays is shallow.

What is the surface of the sea like at the Tenda bays?

The surface of the sea at the Tenda bays is usually wavy, but can also be calm.

Is the Tenda bays usually crowded?

No, the Tenda bays is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Tenda bays?

There are no facilities available at the Tenda bays.

How can the Tenda bays be accessed?

The Tenda bays can be accessed via a paved road.

Is there any other information about the Tenda bays?

No, there is no other information available about the Tenda bays.

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  • 10 / 10
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Offering free WiFi and free private parking, Finikas House is located in Palekastron, just 1.3 km from Itanos Beach.

Leading onto a terrace with garden views, the air-conditioned holiday home consists of 1 bedroom and a fully equipped kitchen.

Popular points of interest near the holiday home include Vai Beach, Psili Ammos Beach and Vai Palm Forest. The nearest airport is Sitia Public Airport, 25 km from Finikas House.

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  • 9.1 / 10
  • Palaikastron

Only 150 metres from the Maridatis Beach in Palaikastron, Maridatis Apartments is a self-catering accommodation featuring a sun terrace and garden. Free Wi-Fi is available.

The split level apartments come with a TV, balcony, and seating area. A fully equipped kitchenette with fridge and electric kettle in included. Featuring a bath or shower, the bathroom comes with free toiletries.
The studios come with a kitchen, bathroom and a large common space serving as a seating and sleeping areas. Some of the rooms have air conditioning. All rooms offer view of the sea and surrounding area.

There is a tavern right next to hotel with traditional meals owned by the hotelier and breakfast is served a la carte.

Maridatis Apartments is only 3 km from the centre of Palaikastro on the road to Vai. Siteia is 20 km away and Sitia Public Airport is located 15 km away. Free parking is offered on site.




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Featuring mountain views, Villa Aiolos offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 1.4 km from Kouremenos Beach. This holiday home has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The holiday home with a terrace and sea views features 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a fridge, and 1 bathroom with a hot tub. Towels and bed linen are featured in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a hot tub. If you would like to discover the area, snorkelling, cycling and fishing are possible in the surroundings and Villa Aiolos can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Maridati Beach is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Vai Palm Forest is 5.8 km away. The nearest airport is Sitia Public, 23 km from Villa Aiolos, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.




  • 8.1 km
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  • Kouremenos

Villa Amalia is nestled on Palekastro amidst olive groves. It features a courtyard with sun loungers and panoramic sea view. The family-run property offers self-contained units with private balcony and free WiFi throughout.

Each of the studios and apartments features a kitchenette and a private bathroom.

Guests can relax at the garden and enjoy the scenic view. Barbeque facilities are available for all guests to use.

Kouremenos Beach is an 1-minute drive away and it is ideal for windsurfing. Villa Amalia is 21 km from Sitia, and 6 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The traditional village of Palekastro is just a 10-minute walk.

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Just 300 metres from Kouremenos beach, Castri Village Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and pool bar. Its spacious accommodation offers a balcony with panoramic views of Kouremenos Bay.

The air-conditioned studios and apartments come with a kitchenette that includes kitchenware and a fridge. Every unit also has a satellite cable TV. A hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom. Some also have a seating area.

A breakfast is prepared daily at Castri Village Hotel. The à la carte restaurant provides various meals throughout the day. Refreshing drinks are served at the bar by the pool.

Free sun loungers and umbrellas are located on the sun terrace. A paddling pool is available for the younger guests. Wi-Fi access is free in public areas of the hotel.

Castri is 2 km from Palekastro village and 7 km from the famous palm beach of Vai. The airport and the port of Sitia are at a distance of 20 km.




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Boasting a hot tub, Panorama Family House is set in Palekastron. This property offers access to a balcony, free private parking and free WiFi.

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