Asterousia Range



Katarti beach
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Katarti is a tiny beach that is formed in the exit of a small gorge, 73km south of Heraklion city, at the base of Cape Oxa. This secluded beach is located amidst the wild and majestic landscape of Asterousia Range, southwest of the summit of Kofinas. There is one rough dirt road leading near the beach coming from Salamias bay. The beach however can be accessed primarily by boat or after hiking from Agios Ioannis or the beach of Tripiti, which is located 2.5km to the west.

The surrounding area is ideal for fishing, since fish still abounds in the rocky bottom despite the destructive illegal use of dynamites by some locals. Katarti has white pebbles and clear deep sea, while the rocky shores around are awesome. The two sides of the beach are protected by high cliffs, which are the extension of the walls of the gorge in the sea. These rocks offer protection from wind and shade throughout the day. 

The beach name means mast in Greek and is taken after a nearby high boulder in the sea. Some call it Arkouda (bear), as they say that the rocks reminds of a bear!

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture, Central Crete, South Crete, Messara area (Kainourgiou)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles
  • Depth: Deep
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Boat, Walking
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