Asterousia beaches



Dyskos beach
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Dyskos is located 75km southwest of Heraklion, just 1-2km west of Lendas. It is a small settlement, known also as Dytikos, which is separated from the village of Lendas by the famous Cape Lion. Lion is said that was one of the lions carrying the chariot of the goddess Rhea and was petrified here. 

In front of the settlement of Dyskos, west of the Lion, starts a long beach with fine pebbles, which extends westwards to Tsigounas village. To get here you should drive the paved road from Lendas towards Gerokambos. Just 1km after Lendas, you will see the beach on your left hand. If you do not have a car, you can access Dyskos by following the short path that surrounds the Lion Cape. The east part of the beach, located in front of the village, is slightly organized, with a few taverns and rooms. As you move to the west, the beach gets more secluded. The west part, near the settlement of Gerokambos, is particularly popular to nudists. Especially, in older times Dyskos was a favorite place for hippies. All along the beach there are several tamarisk trees where you can find shade. Dyskos is famous for its sunset, with the sun setting behind the wild mountains of Asterousia.

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  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture, Central Crete, South Crete, Messara area (Kainourgiou)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Normal
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Tree Shade, Seaturtle nesting point
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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