Vathi beach (Asterousia)
Vathi is a spectacular beach located 79km and 17km southwest of Heraklion and the village Sivas, respectively. Situated very close to the southernmost point of Crete, Cape Lithino, and far away from urban centers, Vathi is an ideal destination for anyone seeking for the ultimate relaxation.
The beach is shaped at the exit of a small gorge, surrounded by long cliffs. The circular bight of the bay conceals it from the open sea, making Vathy a natural hideout. It is no coincidence that pirates used it as their anchorage. The well-protected beach has almost always calm waters, although the surrounding beaches can be very wavy. The only wind that causes a storm in the area is form southwest directions.
The walls along the gorge of the area are full with wonderful natural cavities, caused by the erosion of the white limestone by the wind and salt. Nearby, Υou will only see several makeshift huts and primitive homes, built by the locals who come mainly from the village Gergeri. Their ancestors used to spend their winter in this warm place, together with their sheep. The lucky heirs now spend their summers in this tranquil place.
There is a small primitive coffee shop on the beach, offering food and drink to the visitors, that arrive here mainly by boat from Matala. The beach is mainly sandy, with stones in places. The water is not very deep and the beach is surrounded by several tamarisk trees, where you can find shade. Nudism is not allowed here because it is considered offensive for the religious history of the area (due to the Odigitria Monastery).
To access Vathi by car, follow the paved road from Sivas village to the monastery of Odigitria. From there, you should follow the right dirt track, heading west, to Kefali Mount and crosses the wild Cape Lithino. Keep driving for about 15km in the rugged-gravel road, following the signs Vathi. If you don’t have a car or you care about it (!), then catch an excursion boat running to Vathi from Matala, Kokkinos Pirgos or Agia Galini.
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