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Xerokambos beach

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Xerokambos is located 103km southeast of Agios Nikolaos, 47km south of Sitia and 69km east of Ierapetra. As evidenced by the long distances from the major cities of Lassithi prefecture, the settlement of Xerokambos is one of the most remote areas of the island. It can be accessed primarily through the road connecting the town of Sitia (and Ierapetra) with Ziros, while there is a second choice of asphalt road coming from Zakros. From Ziros, the paved road passes through some green plateaus and deserted medieval villages (Etia, Chametoulio). Then the road descends and has spectacular views of the South Cretan Sea while it passes close to the rugged Gorge of Lamnoni.

In Xerokambos the landscape is arid and truly eerie, characterized by bare rocks and steep mountains. The vegetation is limited to bushes and there are some places with a few olive groves. A small tourist destination has started developing during the last years, especially after the roads were paved with asphalt. Xerokambos is ideal for relaxing holidays and is not suggested for party animals. In the village, you will find several rooms, mini markets and taverns. Pharmacy, butcher and petrol station can be found at Zakros (15 minutes by car).

Xerokambos wild mountains are in direct contrast to the calm sea and the beautiful beaches. In a relatively small area, you will actually find all types of beaches, as there are beaches with rocks, coarse pebbles, small pebbles, golden sand, white sand and turquoise waters, while there is also a beach with clay for lovers of natural spas!

Ambelos beaches
East of Cape Trahilos you will meet the main area of Xerokambos, Ambelos, where the settlement is built with several rooms and taverns. On a nearby hill, you can see the picturesque church of Saint Nicholas with its blue dome and the remains of the Hellenistic city of Ambelos. The beaches of Ambelos start close to the church, at the east base of Cape Trahilos. The beaches are formed in several adjacent small coves. The first beach is called Gerontolakkos or Agios Nikolaos (due to the church). After Gerontolakkos you will find a narrow beach surrounded by several whitish rocks. The rocks are argillaceous and this is why you will see many people bathing and massaging with the clay! The beach is called Argilos (i.e. clay).

After Argilos you will find a small bay with golden sand, next to which there are several rooms and taverns. The bay is known locally as Vourlia. From there, the coast becomes rockier and heads northeast and crosses a protected area for the white sand Lilly.



What is the best time to visit Xerokambos beach?

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

Is Xerokambos beach suitable for families with children?

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

Are there any water sports activities available at Xerokambos beach?

No, there are no water sports activities available at Xerokambos beach. However, visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Is there any accommodation available near Xerokambos beach?

Yes, there are several accommodation options available near Xerokambos beach, including hotels, apartments, and villas.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Xerokambos beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Xerokambos beach, where visitors can enjoy local cuisine and drinks.

Is Xerokambos beach accessible for people with disabilities?

No, Xerokambos beach is not accessible for people with disabilities, as there are no facilities or infrastructure in place to accommodate them.

Is there any parking available near Xerokambos beach?

Yes, there is parking available near Xerokambos beach, but it can get crowded during peak season. Visitors are advised to arrive early to secure a parking spot.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand is found on the beach?

The beach has sand.

How deep is the water at the beach?

The water at the beach is shallow.

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 is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, showers, and a Blue Flag.

What is the access to the beach like?

The beach is accessible via a paved road and is handicap friendly.

What other information is available about the beach?

The beach is ideal for snorkeling/spearfishing and has rock shade.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Showers
  • Blue Flag


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Shallow

Beach sand type

  • Sand

Sea surface

  • Usually calm

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Paved road

Other information

  • Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Rock shade

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