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Vathy beach

About Vathy beach

Vathi is a spectacular beach located 79km and 17km southwest of Heraklion and the village Sivas, respectively. Situated very close to the southernmost point of Crete, Cape Lithino, and far away from urban centres, Vathi is an ideal destination for anyone seeking the ultimate relaxation. The beach is shaped at the exit of a small gorge, surrounded by long cliffs. The circular bight of the bay conceals it from the open sea, making Vathy a natural hideout; the legend says that pirates used it as their anchorage. The well-protected beach has almost always calm waters, although the surrounding beaches can be very wavy. The only wind that causes a storm in the area is from the southwest direction.
The walls along the gorge of the area are full of wonderful natural cavities, caused by the erosion of the white limestone by the wind and salt. Nearby, you will only see several makeshift huts, old campervans and primitive homes, built by the locals who come mainly from the village Gergeri. Their ancestors used to bring their flocks to this warm place in winter; their heirs now spend their summers in this tranquil place.
The beach is mainly sandy, with stones in places. The water is not very deep and the beach is surrounded by several tamarisk trees, where you can find shade. Nudism is not allowed here because it is considered offensive to the religious history of the area (due to Odigitria Monastery).
To access Vathi by car, follow the paved road from Sivas village to the monastery of Odigitria. From there, you should follow the first dirt track on your right hand, heading west, to Kefali Peak and ascending the wild Cape Lithino. Keep driving for about 15km on the rugged-gravel road, following the signs to Vathi. If you don’t have a car or you care about it (!), why not catch an excursion boat running to Vathi from Matala, Kokkinos Pirgos or Agia Galini?




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 beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue and green.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand with rocks in some places.

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 surface of the sea at the beach is usually calm.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach has a normal crowd.

What facilities are available at the beach?

Food and water are available nearby the beach.

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach can be accessed through a dirt track.

What other activities can be done at the beach?

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

Beach facilities

  • Food / water nearby


  • Normal

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Sand
  • Rocks in places

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue
  • Green


  • Dirt track

Other information

  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Tree Shade

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