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Votsalaki beach

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Votsalaki, also known as Botzalaki, sits 71km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 36km east of Ierapetra, at the west end of Goudouras in a region known as Aspra Chomata (translating to white grounds in Greek). It is nestled within the dry and rugged terrain of Eastern Crete, conveniently situated near the Gorge Asprolithos exit.

The beach of Votsalaki is one of the most stunning on Crete island. It boasts small pebbles and crystal clear waters. The sea’s color is enchanting, displaying shades of green, blue, and red due to the local soil. Despite its proximity to the main road, Votsalaki remains relatively secluded. The beach’s west end is a popular spot for naturists, as the surrounding cliffs provide a natural barrier from unwanted viewers.

To reach Votsalaki, drive east from Ierapetra along the main road towards Sitia, following the south coastline of Crete. After passing Makrigialos, take the road leading to Goudouras and stop 2.5km past Kapsa Monastery.

Another beach worth visiting is Thodori’s. If you travel towards Makrigialos from Votsalaki, you’ll come across a remote sandy beach scattered with pebbles, known as Thodoris Limani. The name likely comes from a former landowner named Thodoris. The beach is split into two adjacent coves. Unfortunately, there are no facilities or natural shade, so remember to bring an umbrella and water. Despite these minor inconveniences, the beach’s extraordinary sea colors, with green and pink hues, make it a must-visit spot.

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Most frequent asked questions

What is the meaning of Votsalaki beach?

Votsalaki beach means “small pebbles” in Greek.

Is Votsalaki beach suitable for swimming?

Yes, Votsalaki beach is suitable for swimming as the water is clear and calm.

Are there any water sports activities available at Votsalaki beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Votsalaki beach.

Is Votsalaki beach family-friendly?

Yes, Votsalaki beach is family-friendly as it is a calm and peaceful beach.

Is there any restaurant or cafe near Votsalaki beach?

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

Is Votsalaki beach accessible for people with disabilities?

No, Votsalaki beach is not accessible for people with disabilities as there are stairs to access the Votsalaki beach.

Is there any parking available near Votsalaki beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Votsalaki beach.

What is the water colour of the Votsalaki beach?

The water colour of the Votsalaki beach is turquoise and blue.

What type of sand is found on the Votsalaki beach?

The Votsalaki beach has pebbles and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth of the Votsalaki beach?

The water depth of the Votsalaki beach is normal.

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

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

What is the crowd like at the Votsalaki beach?

The Votsalaki beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the Votsalaki beach?

There are no facilities available at the Votsalaki beach.

What is the access to the Votsalaki beach like?

The Votsalaki beach can be accessed via a paved road.

Is there any other information about the Votsalaki beach?

No, there is no other information available about the Votsalaki beach.

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