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Tertsa beach

About Tertsa beach

Tertsa is a small village located 91km south of Iraklion and 54km southwest of Agios Nikolaos, between the village of Myrtos and Psari Forada. It is situated in the green valley shaped by the river Tsounas. In the small gorge formed by the river, you can find a spring with fresh water. The land in Tertsa is mainly owned by some people coming from the village Sykologos, located 7.5km to the north. Initially, the buildings of the settlement were used as depots for storing the carobs and citrus produced in the region. Today, the few residents still deal with agriculture, as the area is full of greenhouses with bananas and open field cultivations of tomato, pepper, cucumber, etc. Near the village is the Byzantine church of St. George.

In front of the small settlement stretches a quiet beach with coarse grey sand. The village is not very well developed and still retains its Cretan authenticity. You will find only 2-3 taverns and very few rooms. There are some tamarisk trees in front of the settlement offering natural shade. On the west end of the beach, there is the rock of Psaroharako, with the homonym remote beach formed beyond this rock. The beach is nicer and more secluded than this in front of the settlement and extends to the west to Vourdolakos bay. 




What activities can I do at Tertsa beach?

There are various activities you can do at Tertsa beach such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and fishing.

Is Tertsa beach suitable for families with children?

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

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Tertsa beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Tertsa beach where you can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

Can I camp at Tertsa beach?

No, camping is not allowed at Tertsa beach.

Is Tertsa beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, Tertsa beach is not accessible for people with disabilities as there are no special facilities available.

Are there any hiking trails near Tertsa beach?

Yes, there are several hiking trails near Tertsa beach where you can explore the beautiful nature of the area.

Can I rent equipment for water sports at Tertsa beach?

No, there are no equipment rental services available at Tertsa beach. However, you can bring your own equipment for water sports.

Is Tertsa beach a good spot for watching the sunset?

Yes, Tertsa beach is a great spot for watching the sunset as it offers a stunning view of the horizon.

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.

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 calm.

What is the crowd level at the beach?

The beach usually has a normal crowd level.

What facilities are available at the beach?

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

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach is accessible via a paved road.

What other information should I know about the beach?

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

Beach facilities

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