Lassithi beaches

Magnificent beaches can be found along the coasts of Lassithi, such as the unique Vai Beach with the incredible palm forest, Istro with the picturesque surrounding, Elounda beach with a view to Spinalonga islet and the exotic beaches on Chrissi islet. Lassithi beaches are magnificent, with crystal water and a relaxing atmosphere. Most organized beaches in Lassithi are found on the northern coasts, while the southern side remains more secluded. You will find below a list with the best beaches in Lassithi Crete.
Except for the beaches, there are also many places for sightseeing. Discover the best things to see in Lassithi.

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Guide to 20 beaches

Discover our guide to 20 beautiful Lassithi beaches. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Lassithi. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.

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Vai

Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 94 km north east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Vai is a sandy beach surrounded by the only palm forest in Europe. This forest has about 5,000 palm trees and it is a protected area.
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Istro beach

Diving Club, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 13 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Istro is an amazing beach with soft golden sand. It is organized with umbrellas and protected from strong winds.
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Makrigialos

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised
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Location: 60 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Makrigialos is a lovely fishing village that develops into a tourist resort over the last years. The region around Makrigialos has some fine beaches.
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Xerokampos

Sandy, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 103 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: A lovely beach on the south eastern side of Crete, Xerokampos has a quiet and family atmosphere, which is not at all affected by tourism.
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Palekastro

Windsurfing, Sandy, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 90 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Palekastro is a calm beach on the eastern side of Lassithi Crete. Unorganized and secluded, this beach is great for relaxing.
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Havania

Family Friendly, Pebbled, Organised
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Location: 1 km north of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Havania is a sandy, organized beach in a walking distance from the centre of Agios Nikolaos.
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Kato Zakros

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 106 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Zakros is a large, secluded beach on the easternmost point of Lassithi. It is close to the Minoan site of Zakros.
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Amoudara

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 5 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Amoudara is a long and beautiful beach close to Agios Nikolaos. It is tourist organized with sun beds, umbrellas and some fish taverns on the shore.
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Agia Fotia

Partly Organized, Sandy, Family Friendly, Secluded
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Location: 47 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: This is a calm tourist resort with nice beaches. The area is surrounded by pine forests and a small chapel of Agia Fotia is located near the beach.
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Sissi beach

Sandy, Organised
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Location: 26 km north west of Agios Nikolaos
Description: The picturesque beach of Sissi is surrounded by small rocks and many taverns with fresh fish. This is a nice family place to relax.
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Elounda Beach

Diving Club, Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 11 km north of Agios Nikolaos
Description: The beach at the port of Elounda is pebbled but clean. There are many other beautiful beaches in the region.
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Pahia Ammos

Pebbled, Non Organised
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Location: 20 km south east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: This is a beautiful beach south of Agios Nikolaos, in the edge of Mirabello Gulf.
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Hiona

Windsurfing, Sandy, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 90 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Hiona is a lovely beach with soft sand and crystal water. It is located on the eastern side of Lassithi, close to Palekastro.
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Almiros

Sandy, Family Friendly, Organised, Water sports
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Location: 3 km south of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Almyros is a popular tourist resort in close distance to Agios Nikolaos. Due to its location, the sandy coast and the watersports centres, it gets very popular with tourists.
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Agios Nikolaos Beach

Diving Club, Pebbled, Organised, Harbor
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Location: In a walking distance from the centre of Agios Nikolaos
Description: This is a small and pebbled beach close to the town centre of Agios Nikolaos. It is organized and a few hotels surround it.
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Itanos

Sandy, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 80 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Located on the eastern side of Lassithi, Itanos is a small and secluded beach close to Hiona and Palaikastro.
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Maridatis

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 90 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: A secluded beach on the eastern side of Lassithi, Maridatis is not that frequented with tourists. It is located between the resorts of Vai and Palekastro.
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Myrtos

Partly Organized, Sandy, Secluded, Water sports
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Location: 51 km from Agios Nikolaos
Description: Myrtos is a lovely tourist resort in the borders of Lassithi and Heralkion. Watersports in the beach rent equipment for windsurfing.
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Papadiokampos

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 60 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Located close to Sitia, Papadiokampos is a remote beach with clean water and pebbles on the shore.
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Tholos

Pebbled, Secluded, Non Organised
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Location: 26 km east of Agios Nikolaos
Description: Located on the way to Sitia, Tholos is a large bay affected by strong winds in summer.

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