Dreros beach (Tsifliki)
Dreros beach is shaped inside a hotel in Tsifliki area, 13km north of Agios Nikolaos, near the road that connects Elounda to the picturesque village of Plaka. It is shaped in a region surrounded by many olive groves and has wonderful views of the lagoon of Korfos (mainly known as Elounda lagoon) and the former leper colony, the fort of Spinalonga.
The beach, or better the many tiny beaches are sandy and have calm waters, due to the calm lagoon. A characteristic is that it is full with tamarisk trees, which are very close to the sea shore. It is very well organized due to the local hotel, which was called Dreros in the past. Finally, Dreros beach is ideal for children as the sea is calm and offers the basic amenities of an organized beach, with Plaka and Elounda being in close proximity.
As already mentioned, the name comes from the old name of the Hotel, Dreros. However, the name is not accidental as it refers to the ancient Doric town of Dreros, which was built in the area of St. Anthony, on a nearby mountain, where you can drive via Neapoli. Dreros was inhabited by Dorians, who arrived in Crete in 1125BC, but also by Eteokrites (indigenous Cretans). It flourished soon as it was built at a strategic point where it could control the passages between the eastern and western Crete. Archaeologists found public buildings, bilingual inscriptions and a temple of Apollo. Thus, the former owner of the hotel came from Neapoli and named it Dreros, after the ancient city near Neapoli.
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