Heraklion Amnissos beach

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General information

Amnissos Beach is a charming, quiet shore located 9 km east of Heraklion Town. It’s a one-kilometer-long shore, covered in bright, soft sand, and is an ideal destination for those who prefer to avoid large crowds and noise.

The waters are crystal clear and calm, and some parts of the beach are organized with umbrellas, showers, and sunbeds. During the tourist season, you also have the chance to practice plenty of water sports, such as water skiing and wakeboarding. If you’re looking for a place to stay, there is a luxurious hotel very close to the beach. Across the coast, you will also find a few mini markets, restaurants, and fish taverns where you can taste delicious seafood and other Greek specialties.

During the Minoan era, Amnissos used to be the port of Knossos, where the ships for the Trojan War used to sail from. The islet of Dia, which you can see across the beach, used to be an important religious site during those times. In the area, you will also see the House of the Lilies, dating back to the Bronze Age, as well as the archaeological site of Amnissos at the foothills of the Paleochora Hill. The lovely frescoes discovered in the villa are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

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1 Review
  • Alan 18 Sep 2021
    I must go back there
    Me and a friend camped amongst the sand dunes for a few days here in 1970, that's over 50 years ago.
    Only one other person there, an American draft Dodger from the Vietnam War.
    The aeroplanes flew over to land at the airport nearby.
    During day we hid our rucksacs in a dune and went off into the town by bus and once caught the bus to Knossos.
    There was a cafe/restaurant not far away and I remember having Chip Omelette.
    I must go back there.