Agios Nikolaos beaches

Kitroplatia

Lassithi

Kitroplatia beach
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Kitroplatia is located 200m west of the picturesque Lake Voulismeni, in the heart of the city Agios Nikolaos. There is a small stone – paved square which hosts some of the finest taverns in the city. In front of the big tamarisk trees of the square there is a small beach with sand and pebbles in places. Here you will find umbrellas and showers. Next to it there are many options for accommodation, food and drink. It is a perfect choice for children and anyone looking for a beautiful and clean beach, close to all amenities of a city.

From Kitroplatia starts a coastal stone-paved walkway leading south to the marina of Agios Nikolaos, where you’ll meet the beach Ammos. It is worth walking along this and admiring the endless views of the bay of Mirabello. Similarly, on the opposite side of Kitroplatia, the street of Akti Pangalou runs along the coast, on a circular route, and leads to the commercial port of Agios Nikolaos and to the Lake Voulismeni. At the westernmost point on the road, in a small square, you’ll see the modern sculpture of brothers Soteriades depicting the Horn of Amalthea (the goat who nourished the infant Zeus), a global symbol of abundance. Moreover, next to the port there is the tiny tranquil pebbly beach of Akti Themistocles Street. The beach is called Europa, after the modern statue depicting the Rape of Europa.

Kitroplatia means citron square in Greek and is named after the commerce of citron, which flourished in Agios Nikolaos during the last century. On the beach there was a citron market and, due to the depth of the sea, the boats could load with citron when the city had no port. Unfortunately, the cultivation of citron, the "median apples" of the abundance and fertility, has stopped and only the graphic name of the square is reminiscent of the old times.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, North Crete, Agios Nikolaos area (Mirabelo)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Crowded place
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Other Information: Tree Shade
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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