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Voulisma beach

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Beach description

Voulisma Beach, one of Crete’s most celebrated coastal destinations, is a favoured stop for those journeying to this gorgeous island. Nestled in a shielded cove south of Agios Nikolaos and north of Ierapetra, Voulisma’s accessibility from Heraklion makes it a convenient beach spot.

Distinguished by its clear, shallow turquoise waters, smooth sand intermingled with pebbles, and its well-appointed amenities, Voulisma Beach has been recognized with the prestigious Blue Flag award. Even though the beach may attract crowds during peak times, its exceptional beauty certainly warrants a visit.

Voulisma Beach can be found on Crete’s northeastern coast, near Istro or Istron village. It’s the most notable of several beaches dotted around the trio of bays at Istro, all part of the larger Mirabello Gulf. The larger town of Agios Nikolaos is a 13 km coastal drive north, while Ierapetra lies 22 km south.

In the vicinity of Voulisma Beach, the intriguing archaeological site of Gournia is a standout attraction. Located near Pachia Ammos village and around 10 km east of Voulisma Beach, it is one of the most well-excavated Minoan towns on Crete. Once a bustling ancient settlement, it was ravaged by an earthquake and subsequently abandoned.

Around 11 km southeast of Voulisma Beach, on a steep slope, sits the captivating Panagia Faneromeni Monastery. Worth visiting for its stunning church built into a cave and the awe-inspiring sea views, this monastery is a well-known destination in Crete. Every year on the 15th of August, it becomes a pilgrimage site, drawing visitors from across the island.