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Vathi beach, Heraklion

Beach description

Vathi, a breathtaking beach, lies 79km and 17km southwest of Heraklion and the Sivas village respectively. It’s located near Crete’s southernmost point, Cape Lithino, and well away from bustling cities, making it a perfect spot for those longing for ultimate serenity. The beach is nestled at the mouth of a petite gorge and enclosed by extensive cliffs. Its circular cove shields it from the open sea, rendering Vathi a natural sanctuary, with legends claiming it served as a pirate anchorage. The beach, well-protected, typically boasts calm waters, despite surrounding beaches often witnessing waves. Only southwest winds trigger storms in this region.

The gorge walls in the area are adorned with fascinating natural cavities, resulting from wind and salt erosion of the white limestone. The vicinity hosts a few makeshift huts, old campervans, and basic homes constructed by locals, primarily from the Gergeri village. These locals’ ancestors would bring their flocks to this warm location in the winter, and their descendants now enjoy their summers here.

The beach is predominantly sandy with sporadic stones. The shallow waters are bordered by numerous tamarisk trees providing shade. Nudity is prohibited here, respecting the area’s religious heritage (linked to the Odigitria Monastery).

To reach Vathi by car, drive along the paved road from Sivas village towards the Odigitria Monastery. From the monastery, take the first dirt track on your right, heading west towards Kefali Peak and up the untamed Cape Lithino. Continue for about 15km on the rough gravel road, following the signs to Vathi. Alternatively, if you’re without a car or prefer not to drive, consider hopping on an excursion boat to Vathi from Matala, Kokkinos Pirgos, or Agia Galini.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is the location of Vathy beach?

Vathy beach is located in the village of Vathy on the island of Meganisi, Greece.

Is Vathy beach suitable for families with children?

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

Are there any water sports available at Vathy beach?

No, there are no water sports available at Vathy beach.

Is there any shade available at Vathy beach?

Yes, there are some trees and umbrellas available for shade at Vathy beach.

Is Vathy beach accessible by public transportation?

Yes, Vathy beach is accessible by public transportation. There is a bus that runs from the main port of Meganisi to Vathy village.

Is there a restaurant or cafe near Vathy beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Vathy beach.

Is Vathy beach a good spot for snorkeling?

Yes, Vathy beach is a good spot for snorkeling as there are some rocks and underwater caves to explore.

Is there a fee to enter Vathy beach?

No, there is no fee to enter Vathy beach.

What is the water colour of the Vathy beach?

The water colour of the Vathy beach is blue and green.

What type of sand is found on the Vathy beach?

The Vathy beach has sand with rocks in some places.

What is the water depth of the Vathy beach?

The water depth of the Vathy beach is normal.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Vathy beach?

The Vathy beach has a normal crowd.

What facilities are available at the Vathy beach?

Food and water are available nearby the Vathy beach.

What is the access to the Vathy beach like?

The Vathy beach can be accessed through a dirt track.

What other activities can be done at the Vathy beach?

The Vathy beach is ideal for snorkeling and spearfishing. There is also tree shade available.

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