East Crete beaches



Livari beach
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Livari is located 90km southeast of Agios Nikolaos and 7km east of Goudouras, in one of the most remote areas of Crete where you will be possibly alone. 2km to the east there is the power plant of Atherinolakkos, which is the only drawback in the landscape. At Livari there are actually two pebbly beaches and several smaller coves, ideal for privacy and naturism. You don’t have to bother too much about the lack of shade, as you could find shade below the few tamarisk trees of the east Livari beach.

Swimming here is a magical experience, while enjoying the views of the surrounding wilderness with the bare mountains, the steep canyons and the exotic island of Koufonissi. Apart from the main beach of Livari, that you'll meet first, you can drive to the west, cross a small cluster of 3-4 cottages and reach the long east beach of Vlyhada. Vlyhada means a place with brackish water and the name is taken after a spring with fresh water that has water all year round. There is a dirt road running along the beach, which is surrounded by tall reddish walls. 

You can get here from Goudouras by taking the road that leads to the power station of Atherinolakkos. After 4km you will meet a junction where the right road takes you into the factory and the local fishing lodge. Do not follow this track, but continue driving straight to village Agia Triada for another 1km until you meet a junction (on the right hand) that leads to the beach of Livari. The road is initially paved but later turns to a passable dirt track.

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

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