East Crete beaches

Richtis

Lassithi

Richtis beach
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Richtis beach is located around 20km west of Sitia and 45 east of Agios Nikolaos, in the exit of the homonym Gorge of Richtis that starts from the village Exo Mouliana. In order to reach the beach you can follow the paved road starting from Exo Mouliana. Alternatively, you can trek in the lush gorge till the end.

It is a small pebbly cove, with crystal clear water, but is usually wavy due to its north orientation. The beach is not something special, since the round pebbles make swimming adventurous on windy days, but this is a good choice for absolute seclusion. There are no amenities nearby, thus you should have food with you. The beach has several tamarisk trees, with stone seats and tables around. Also, there is a stone water fountain with potable fresh water all year round. Swimming in Richtis beach is usually combined with trekking in the amazing Gorge of Richti. This is called Richti (Cretan word for Waterfall) because of the 20m high waterfall in the Gorge that forms an oasis in East Crete. The Gorge definitely deserves a visit, especially on spring.

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Additional Info

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