Itanos beaches (Erimoupolis)

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Itanos is located 96km east of Agios Nikolaos and 26km east of Sitia, just north of the famous palm grove of Vai. The name is taken after the ancient city Itanos, sited in the area. Next to the archaeological site of Itanos there are the three consecutive bays of Erimoupolis (a second name of the region). Thus, you can combine your visit to the archaeological site with a dip in the cool waters. It is noteworthy to tell that part of the ancient Itanos is under water. Thus, a unique experience is to snorkel above the ruins, which now house only fish!

Itanos beaches and Kavo Sidero, CreteItanos beaches and Kavo SideroTo get here you have to drive to the archaeological site and park there. From there, very short trails lead to the local beaches. The first beach is located on the south of the small fort that was once located at the tip of a small peninsula and is accessed via the path that runs beside it. The beach, like all others, is not organized and is very quiet. It has whitish sand and nice calm waters. The scenery is beautiful, especially because there are a few scattered palm trees around where you can find shade. In front of the parking lot of Itanos you’ll meet the second beach of Erimoupolis. The beach is sandy and has rocks at several places. It is ideal for snorkeling and there several trees around. The most beautiful beach, however, is well hidden behind the hill north of the parking area. It is the longest beach and has amazing turquoise waters and fine sand. It is not organized, but has now become quite well known to visitors.

Ancient Itanos

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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

 Pebbles

 Rocks

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

 Cool

 Normal

 Warm

Facilities

 Accommodation nearby

 Food / Water nearby

 Umbrellas / Sunbeds

 Water Sports

 Lifeguard

 Showers

 Blue Flag

Miscellaneous

 Nudism Friendly Beach

 Palm Trees

 Camping Friendly Beach

 Suggested for Snorkelling

 Natural shade (cave, trees, etc.)

 Sea Turtle nesting

 

Access

 Public Transport

 Car Access

 Dirt Track

 Access by boat

 Trekking required

 Handicap friendly