Viannos beaches



Tertsa beach
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Tertsa is a small village located 91km south of Iraklion and 54km southwest of Agios Nikolaos, between the village of Myrtos and Psari Forada. It is situated in the green valley shaped by the river Tsounas. In the small gorge formed by the river, you can find a spring with fresh water. The land in Tertsa is mainly owned by some people coming from the village Sykologos, located 7.5km to the north. Initially, the buildings of the settlement were used as depots for storing the carobs and citrus produced in the region. Today, the few residents still deal with agriculture, as the area is full with greenhouses with bananas and open field cultivations of tomato, pepper, cucumber, etc. Near the village is the Byzantine church of St. George.

In front of the small settlement stretches a quiet beach with coarse gray sand. The village is not very well developed and still retains its Cretan authenticity. You will find only 2-3 taverns and very few rooms. There are some tamarisk trees in front on the settlement offering natural shade. On the west end of the beach there is the rock of Psaroharako, with the homonym remote beach formed beyond this rock. The beach is nicer and more secluded than this in front of the settlement. 

Vourdolakos beach

Vourdolakos or Chlia is a remote beautiful beach with coarse gray sand formed behind the rock of Psaroharako and stretching west to Sidonia. Actually, it consists of two consecutive bays, separated by a short rocky part, where you could snorkel. This long beach is generally unknown to visitors and, as expected, is not developed. It is suitable for absolute isolation, as there is nothing next to it, apart from some olive groves and several greenhouses that produce the unique banana of Crete. This is a fantastic beach with clear and usually calm waters.

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Additional Info

  • Prefecture: Heraklion
  • 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, Showers
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Tree Shade, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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