Kali Limenes beaches
Kali Limenes (i.e. Good Ports) is located 75km southwest of Heraklion and is the largest seaside village in Asterousia Mountains. It is one of the very few coastal areas of Asterousia, where you can get through asphalt road. To get here, you have to drive from village Pompia, in Messara Plain and follow the road to Pigaidakia village. The road is dangerously narrow and has several sharp turns, but worth the disturbance. There's a second dirt road that heads to Kali Limenes from the Monastery of Odigitria, chosen especially by those who have visited Agiofarago or those who want to get a feel for the wildness of Asterousia.
Once you get to Kali Limenes, you will see the oil tanks of SEKA located opposite from the settlement on the island Mikronisi, which locals call "Apostle Paul". Only a few Greeks know Kali Limenes, but surely everyone knows the Vardinoyannis family, one of the richest families in Europe. This family started its business in 1961, with the construction of these reservoirs, which serve as a refueling station for ships that cross the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal. These facilities are causing visual pollution, but fortunately the sea remains very clean.
If you exclude the repelling landscape of tanks, you will certainly be enchanted by the beautiful beaches of Kali Limenes, which are suitable for swimming all year round. As its name name suggests, sea in Kali Limenes (i.e. Fair Harbors) is almost always calm, except in winter. This was one of the reasons for the construction of the tanks here. If you visit the place on weekend, all its beaches are crowded by thousands of people, despite the tiring route in Asterousia.
Makria Ammos (i.e. long sand). It's a long beach with fine grayish pebbles and dark deep waters. On the east there are some rocks in the sea. The first on the east, close to the shore, is called Aspros Volakas (i.e. White Rock), while the second one, far from the coast, is called Mavros Volakas (i.e. Black Rock). As you move eastwards, the coast gets quieter. Indeed, in the east part of Makria Ammos, you will meet a large number of nudists, enjoying their seclusion. Makria Ammos is also known as “Tamarisks” or “Trees” because of the several tamarisk trees along the coast, providing shade to visitors. These are ideal for camping, but certainly not on weekends. Moreover, you may hear locals refer to Makria Ammos as Sissamolakos, a placename derived from the cultivation of sesame during the Venetian Occupation. The beach is not very well organized, but on the west there are few restaurants and a hotel-villa belonging to the family of Vardinoyannis.The first beach you come across on the east, when coming from Pigaidakia, is
Psili Ammos (i.e. Fine Sand). Indeed, the beach has fine sand and is ideal for children. Next to it, there are several restaurants, mini market and rooms. Psili Ammos is the busiest beach of the area and is generally crowded, especially on weekends. If you're lucky, you might take part in the beach party held every August at this beach.West of Makria Ammos is the village of Kali Limenes, surrounded by dense olive groves. In front of the village a small bay is formed, with the small harbor of the settlement and a nice beach, called
Chrysostomos, then after 2km you will find the fantastic beach Karavovrysi where you go from a small path. Karavovrysi is a beautiful beach with coarse sand and calm waters. It is not organized, but unfortunately there is no shade from trees.In the east of Kali Limenes, if you follow the road that leads to
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