Xerokambos beaches

Katsounaki

Lassithi

Alona beach (Krinakia)
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Alona beach or Krinakia is formed near the exit of Gorge Katsounaki, east of Xirokambos settlement. The torrent flowing in the gorge during winter exits on the beach Potamos, next to the strikingly beautiful sand beach of Alona. Alona beach is full of sand dunes covered by the white sea daffodils in autumn. Hiking in the canyon is quite easy and the landscape with tall walls is very wild; you can walk upside down from Alona.

Roussospasma beach

If you have the courage to walk a bit further along the rocky shore, you'll reach a small fjord after 1km with the small pebbly beach of Roussospasma (or Rousso Skisma) at is innermost point, very well protected by the winds. The beach is surrounded by red-soiled limestone, which can very easily collapse. Thus reaching the beach is diffucult and attention should be taken for the stone falls. Of course, if you have a boat, this beach is one of the most isolated that you could find in Crete and its rocky bottom is also suitable for snorkelling. The fjiord is called Roussospasma (meaning red cracking / break in Greek) because it reminds of a cracking in the reddish grounds of the area.

Potamos beach

West of Alona, there is another beach, Potamos, at the exit of the river (potamos) Katsounaki with large round pebbles, which can be reached by car, by driving along the river of the region towards the sea. It is not something special, but it is certainly very quiet and secluded. This beach is also called Italika, after some houses of Italians on the beach.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, Sitia area
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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