Tripiti beach

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Beach description

Tripiti, also known as Trypiti, lies 73km south of Heraklion and 12km east of Lendas, nestled in a small plain near the exit of the gorge of Tripiti. Its name originates from the Panagia Tripiti church, nestled within a cave near the beach and the canyon exit.

Two unpaved paths lead to Tripiti. The first commences near Lendas harbour and stretches for 6km, leading east to Kroto’s village. At the crossroads, a turn to the right, past Cape Trafoulas, reveals stunning views of the authentic Cretan countryside before arriving at Tripiti. The second route starts from the village of Vassiliki in the Messara plain, accessible via the village of Agii Deka. This route traverses the untamed Asterousia Mountains, the Trypiti gorge, and the olive grove of Agios Savvas, replete with striking karstic formations.

Regardless of the route chosen, visitors are treated to dramatic landscapes, the tranquillity of the beach juxtaposed with the rugged mountainous terrain. Upon arrival, a serene beach with pebbly shores and clean, dark green waters await. Tamarisk trees, a stone’s throw from the shoreline, provide ideal camping spots.

Overlooking the beach, in the Kalokambos area, are the ruins of the Minoan settlement of Papouri. Small windows and doors suggest that dwarfs once inhabited the dwellings. The southern view of the Cretan Sea is simply breathtaking.

While Tripiti is not a developed beach, it has a small tavern and attracts a significant number of visitors in August. The only eyesore in the landscape is the illegally constructed rental rooms and the permanently stationed caravans by locals.

For those seeking solitude, especially in August, two nearby secluded beaches offer respite. Both beaches feature coarse sand and calm waters. The first, hidden at the base of Fylakas Cape, is a haven for nudists, with its green-blue waters and rocky seabed. The second, located about 1km to the west, is Vyzaroplaka beach, a small bay aside from the Trafoulas Peninsula, perfect for snorkelling and fishing.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the best time to visit Tripiti beach?

The best time to visit Tripiti beach is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Is Tripiti beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Tripiti beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are no strong currents or waves.

Are there any water sports activities available at Tripiti beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Tripiti beach, but visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing on the Tripiti beach.

Is there any shade available at Tripiti beach?

No, there is no natural shade available at Tripiti beach, but visitors can bring their own umbrellas or rent them from nearby shops.

Is Tripiti beach accessible for people with disabilities?

No, Tripiti beach is not accessible for people with disabilities as there are stairs leading down to the Tripiti beach and no special facilities available.

Can visitors bring their own food and drinks to Tripiti beach?

Yes, visitors can bring their own food and drinks to Tripiti beach, but there are also several beach bars and taverns nearby that offer refreshments and snacks.

Is there a parking area available at Tripiti beach?

Yes, there is a parking area available at Tripiti beach, but it can get crowded during peak season, so visitors are advised to arrive early.

What is the water colour of the Tripiti beach?

The water colour of the Tripiti beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the Tripiti beach?

The Tripiti beach has fine pebbles as sand.

How deep is the water at the Tripiti beach?

The water at the Tripiti beach is deep.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Tripiti beach?

The Tripiti beach has normal crowds.

What facilities are available near the Tripiti beach?

Food and water facilities are available near the Tripiti beach.

What is the access to the Tripiti beach like?

The Tripiti beach can be accessed through a dirt track.

What other information is available about the Tripiti beach?

The Tripiti beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing. It also has tree shade and rock shade.

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