East Crete beaches



Ahlia beach
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Ahlia (or Achlia) is located 50km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 15km east of Ierapetra, in the territory of the village Schinokapsala. It is a small settlement in a small cove, surrounded by pine trees and steep slopes of Thrypti Range. In front of the cove stretches a beautiful beach with coarse sand and vivid blue water. The beach is slightly developed with some umbrellas, water sports and some rooms, mini markets and taverns closeby. There are many tamarisk trees around offering shade to the visitors and the sea is almost always flat. The area is ideal for peaceful holidays, especially for families.

West of Skinokapsala village, at position Kipos, starts the small and quite quite wide gorge of Achlia. The pine-wooded gorge finishes at the beach of Ahlia. During the winter months, waters from Thripti Range form a river along which there are several waterfalls (ranging from 5 to 8 meters high). Because the sandstone walls are not narrow, hiking is quite easy and no canyoning equipment is needed.

You can access Ahlia by getting the main road heading east to Makrigialos, along the south coastline of Crete, till you meet the sign to Ahlia. On the east of Ahlia, before Agios Panteleimonas settlement, you will meet the small beach Bonda  or Grias Pidima.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, Sitia area, Ierapetra area
  • Sea water color: Deep blue, Blue
  • Sand type: Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Normal
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Blue Flag
  • Other Information: Tree Shade
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road

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