Heraklion Paleokastro beach

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General information

The beach of Paleokastro stretches 15 km northwest of Heraklion Town, under the shadow of an old Venetian castle. It is one of the finest beaches on the northern coast of Crete, as it boasts amazing azure waters that are sheltered from the northern winds. Part of the beach is pebbly, while another part is sandy. It is not well-organized, but there are some seaside taverns, as well as accommodation facilities in the surrounding area. Thanks to its underwater rocks, Paleokastro is a great spot for snorkeling.

In front of the beach, you can see a Venetian lime kiln, which has been restored to its original form, while, on the hill overlooking the beach, you can still see the ruins of the Venetian fort. Its main gate is truly unique, as part of it has been chiseled out of the rocks.

Within 500 meters from the beach, you will find the entrance to Paleokastro Gorge, which is easily accessible as there is a country road running through it. Here, you will also find some mostly unexplored caves where fragments of ancient pottery have been discovered.

Hotels in Paleokastro

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Paleokastro.

Villa Octo


Combining privacy and panoramic sea views, Villa Octo is ideal for luxurious accommodation in Paleokastro. With the capacity to house up to 6 guests, the modern villa has an environmentally conscious design, a tasteful decoration and deluxe amenities, including a swimming pool and an indoor jacuzzi.


Things to See & Do in Paleokastro

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Paleokastro Map

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1 Review
  • Igor 25 Aug 2021
    As advertised
    Easy parking, unfortunately close to highway but pretty great - pair of umbrellas for 7 euros, rocky.

    The water gets deep rather quickly

    You can partially climb the cliff under the castle and jump from there (i did not because I like life, but some kids did it and it looked fun!)