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Dragon Bay, also known as Trafoulas, is situated 4km east of Lendas and 69km south of Heraklion. It’s a secluded beach on Crete’s southern coast, nestled at the mouth of a striking canyon on Cape Trafoulas or Trahilas. Legend has it that King Minos and his entourage frequented this beach, while the adjacent Loutra beach was the preferred bathing spot for his wife, Pasiphae, and her female company. The canyon is often mistakenly referred to as Steno Faragi (Narrow Gorge), which is actually a slim section of the Tripiti canyon. The lower segment of the gorge leading to Trafoulas is named Canyon Pidimatou (Jumping Canyon), due to its narrowness that allows an animal to leap from one side to the other.

Reaching the beach requires a drive on a rugged road commencing from Lenda’s harbour (in Loutra) and heading towards the village of Krotos. After about 500m, you’ll spot the small canyon to your right and the trailhead that leads to the beach. Along the wild road, there’s a chance to enjoy a breathtaking panorama encompassing the coastline from Loutra to Lendas. Park your vehicle in a suitable spot and follow the trail to the beach, approximately a 15-20 minute walk. An alternative, yet less adventurous route, is to take a boat from Lendas to Trafoulas. The gorge itself is remarkably beautiful, abundant with oleander.

Trafoulas beach is also referred to as Psili Ammos (Fine Sand) and is considered the most exquisite beach in the larger region. It is primarily desolate, save for a few individuals occasionally residing in a massive cave on the beach. On the eastern portion of the beach, there are four caves – two high on the cliffs and two at beach level. They offer limited sun protection, assuming they are unoccupied. The cliffs on the eastern side appear to be an ideal spot for climbing, with evidence of previous use (hooks embedded in some cliffs). The beach is lengthy, featuring tiny greyish gravel and smooth rocks in the centre, with crystal-clear, deep waters. It is encircled by towering vertical cliffs that descend several meters into the sea. Weathered white rocks on the beach have formed beautiful natural marble sculptures. Pahia Ammos is also a favourite among naturists, who appreciate the seclusion from prying eyes.

The only disadvantage of the beach is the lack of shade during the peak sunlight hours, except for the cave areas.

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Most frequent asked questions

What activities can I do at Trafoulas beach?

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

Is Trafoulas beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Trafoulas beach is suitable for families with children as the water is calm and shallow, making it safe for kids to swim.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to Trafoulas beach?

Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks to Trafoulas beach. However, please make sure to clean up after yourself and dispose of any trash properly.

Are there any hiking trails near Trafoulas beach?

Yes, there are hiking trails near Trafoulas beach that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Can I rent equipment for water sports at Trafoulas beach?

Unfortunately, there are no equipment rental services available at Trafoulas beach. However, you can bring your own equipment if you wish to engage in water sports.

Is Trafoulas beach accessible for people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, Trafoulas beach is not accessible for people with disabilities as there are no facilities available to accommodate their needs.

What is the water colour of the Trafoulas beach?

The water colour of the Trafoulas beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Trafoulas beach?

The Trafoulas beach has sand and fine pebbles.

How deep is the water at the Trafoulas beach?

The water at the Trafoulas beach is deep.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Trafoulas beach?

The Trafoulas beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Trafoulas beach?

There are no facilities available at the Trafoulas beach.

What are the modes of access to the Trafoulas beach?

The Trafoulas beach can be accessed by boat or walking.

What other information is available about the Trafoulas beach?

The Trafoulas beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing.

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