Armos beaches



Armos beaches
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The north part of Spinalonga Peninsula called Armos (just opposite the islet Kalydon with the fort of Spinalonga) is a special place with abandoned old farms, mostly unknown due to the fact that there are no roads heading here. Apart from the well known beach Kolokitha, at the southeast base of the peninsula, there are several unknown beaches at the north part. It is surely worth visiting them by canoe from Plaka.

Vathy bay

One of the beaches, Vathi, is located two kilometers northeast of the port of Elounda, at the northwest side of the peninsula. It is a small well-protected cove with calm water, which has southeast orientation and amazing views to the town and the mountains of Elounda. The beach at Vathi has pebbles and sand, while the water is relatively shallow. Next to the beach, there are remnants of some abandoned farms. Next to the shore, there is a platform for boats, where excursion boats running from Elounda stop. Finally, there are some tamarisk trees and carob trees around, under which you rest yourself.

Skourgeto beach

At the northernmost tip of Spinalonga peninsula, just opposite the fort of Spinalonga, we find the area called Oxo Harakia or Skourgeto. Oxo Harakia take its name after the rocks (haraki means rock in the Cretan dialect) that are emerging above the sea level at the narrow passage between the islet and the peninsula. Skourgeto is a Cretan word for the sharp rocks eroded by salt and sea, which are impossible to walk on without shoes. There are two lovely small beaches with sand, rocks in places and crystal clear water, ideal for seclusion and snorkeling. The area is full of pottery sherds, a proof that the area was inhabited in ancient times.

PelekitI beach

A little further northeast there is the sandy beach of Pelekiti, at the exit of a narrow ravine. The entire area at north Spinalonga and all places covered with limestone were once used for the extraction of boulders to build the fort Spinalonga. The entire area from Pelekita to Skourgeto operated as a limestone query. Thus large stairs and striking shapes in the rocks are met around, while in some places the carvings continue into the sea; the name pelekita means chiseled in Greek.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, North Crete, Agios Nikolaos area (Mirabelo)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand, Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Boat, Walking
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