Mononaftis beach

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Mononaftis is a beautiful pebbly beach, located 24km northwest of Heraklion and just 1km north of Agia Pelagia main beach. According to the tradition, a ship was sunk here once and only one sailor survived. This story gave the name Mononaftis to the beach, which means “One sailor”. However, Mononaftis is a huge rock floating just 50m off the coast.

The beach is located in the northern part of the peninsula of Agia Pelagia and is sheltered from the (common) north winds, since it looks to the East. This feature makes Mononaftis and the surrounding beaches popular to locals.

The beach has coarse sand/pebbles and the water has a characteristic greenish color. It is very well organized with umbrellas, sun beds, water sports, etc. Moreover, near the beach you will find many cafes, restaurants and many options for accommodation. The seabed is rocky, which makes it ideal for fishing and scuba diving.

To drive here from Heraklion, drive in the National Road towards Chania and ignore the first sign to Agia Pelagia. Turn right at second exit to Agia Pelagia/ Achlada and follow the road heading north, to the sea. After 2-3 km you will see a petrol station on your left hand. Before the station turn left and continue driving until you reach the set Save tlement of Mononaftis (parking is a quite big issue there). If you come from Agia Pelagia, heading to the west until you see the gas station on your right hand.

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Symbol Explanation

Water Color

 Turquoise Water Color

 Deep Blue Water Color

 Normal Blue Water Color

 Green-Blue Water Color


Beach Style

 White Sand

 Normal Sand

 Coarse Sand



Wave Style

 Flat Surface

 Small Waves

 Normal Waves

 Large Waves


Water Depth

 Shallow Beach

 Normal Depth

 Deep Water


Crowd Information

 Secluded / Quiet Beach

 Normal Crowds

 Crowded Beach


Water Temperature

 Very Cool





 Accommodation nearby

 Food / Water nearby

 Umbrellas / Sunbeds

 Water Sports



 Blue Flag


 Nudism Friendly Beach

 Palm Trees

 Camping Friendly Beach

 Suggested for Snorkelling

 Natural shade (cave, trees, etc.)

 Sea Turtle nesting



 Public Transport

 Car Access

 Dirt Track

 Access by boat

 Trekking required

 Handicap friendly