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Beaches and windsurfing in Eastern Crete

Sitia :: Palekastro :: Makrigialos

Vai beaches are located 25 km from Sitia. The combination of a magnificent beach with a rare grove of palm trees makes Vai one of the absolute musts of Crete.
Palm beach Vai
Itanos beaches are located 2 km north from Palm beach Vai, 8 from Palekastro and 26 from Sitia. The sandy beach of the ancient town of Itanos or Erimoupolis.

Psili Ammos. An exceptional beach with fine, golden sand and turquoise waters. The hills create a natural division for privacy.

Psili Ammos near Vai

Maridati. Only 4.5 kms away from Palekastro you can find the lesser-known beach of (northern) Palekastro area.

Maridati Beach

The longest beach of Palekastro area (1.5 km length) is only 2 km far from Palekastro and 20 from Sitia.


Hiona beach is located 2 km east from Palekastro and 20 from Sitia. It is 300 m long and you can enjoy the rest under the shade of the tamarisks.

Hiona beach

Skinias is the name not only of the beach, but of a larger region, 4 kms south-east of Palekastro, between the beaches of Hiona and Karoumes.


At the village Chohlakies begins the magnificent accessible Karoumes gorge that ends after 1,5 hour walking to the pure and scenic bay of Karoumes.

Karoumes Bay and beach

Agia Fotia. A famous touristic summer resort at the southern coastline (Libyan Sea)

Agia Fotia in Southern crete

Makri Gialos is 35 km far from Sitia and 29 from Ierapetra. The name Makri Gialos means "long beach", which indeed it is the long sandy beach...

Makrigialos, Southern Crete

Sitia beach. Organized beach with sun beds, umbrellas (for a fee) and showers near to the town of Sitia.

The beach of Sitia

Achlia. It is a touristic resort at the coast of Libyan Sea.

Achlia, Southern Crete

Xerokambos is located in an untouched region, 48 km from Sitia, 10 km from Zakros and 28 km from Palekastro.


The settlement of Kato Zakros, only 8 km away from Pano (upper) Zakros, 25 from Palekastro and 44 from Sitia is a most impressive...

The beach of Kato Zakros

Long Beach - Koutsounari : In many places there are large tamarisk trees and its great length makes it seem empty. The beach is slightly organized in places (near hotels) and all around there are many hotels, restaurants, mini markets and a well organized camping site.

Long Beach - Koutsounari

Windsurfing in eastern Crete: Unspoilt by mass tourism, still offers deserted places, idyllic villages and cosy tavernas...

Windsurfing in Kouremenos, Palekastro

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