Asterousia beaches



Aspes beach
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The majestic black beach of Aspes is located about 58km south of Heraklion, in one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Asteroussia Mountains. It is situated 4km east of the settlement Tris Ekklisies. Aspes has dark-colored sand and is surrounded by almost vertical high cliffs with beautiful caves formed in them. The caves have orthogonal sides, like some has chiseled them. The colors of the sea have a vivid turquoise color, making it one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches of Crete and maybe the nicest beach of Heraklion prefecture. Swimming and fishing here are two amazing experiences.

Access to the beach is impossible on foot, thus you can reach it only by boat. The nearest harbor is in Treis Ekklisies or Tsoutsouras. Because of its isolated location, the beach is always peaceful and ready to welcome the lucky boat ownerss. The boats are tied high on the rocks of the beach and their ropes create a weird grid! Lastly, if you come to Aspes, it is worth having a spoon with you and collect salt from the natural salt pans formed on the rocks, at the side of the beach. Moreover, observe the tall rocks on the west end of the beach, reminding of dispersed Obelix's menhirs!

Aspes in Greek means mountain collapse, due to the sliding cliffs of the area

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture, Central Crete, South Crete, Monofatsi area
  • Sea water color: Deep blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles
  • Depth: Deep
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing, Rock shade
  • Accessibility: Boat
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