Lagada beach

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Lagada beach, MakrigialosLagada is located 29km east of Ierapetra and 62km southeast of Agios Nikolaos, near Makrigialos (6km). It is situated in a large fertile valley with many olive groves, which is surrounded by the tall mountains of Makrigialos. During the last years, some hotels and rooms to let have been built, but the beach still retains its remoteness.

To get here from Makrigialos you should follow the road to Sitia and then turn right on the way to Moni Kapsa. After 500-800m you will see several greenhouses and the long Lagada beach on your right hand. There are some roads that start next to the greenhouses and head to the beach.

The beach has small pebbles and crystal clear water. It is completely deserted and you will not find anything on the beach. It is ideal for naturists and campers, as there are few places with tamarisk trees. On the west the water is colder, because a small river flows there. The beach is open to the south winds and is considered a good place for windsurfing, although the rocky seabed makes it dangerous.

Psalidi beaches

Psalidi beach, MakrigialosPsalidi beachSpilia in Psalidi, MakrigialosSpilia in PsalidiIf you follow the road to Goudouras from Lagada, you can turn right on the dirt road leading to the greenhouses on a small peninsula bounding the east end of the bay. If you follow the dirt road and cross the greenhouses, you'll meet the small pebbly beach of Spilia (cave), with a small cave. This is always empty, but the streams usually bring rubbish. If you follow the road to the west, you'll soon arrive at the remote sandy beach of Psalidi. Psalidi means scissor in Greek and this name is taken after the shape of  the bay. The surrounding area is very dry and is cover by low sand dunes and shrubland, but in September it turns to a paradise by thousands of white sand lilies. Moreover, if you walk to Lagada, you’ll meet many amazing rocks that are ideal for shooting photos.

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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