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Matala Heraklion: Matala is one of the most famous beaches of Greece located 67 km south west of Heraklion town.The beach extends over 300 metres, with light golden sand and bamboo umbrellas and sun beds available for rent.
On the right side of the beach are the famous imposing cliffs with the curved caves that hippies used as a shelter in the 1960s. Equally important is the fact that the beach was actually inhabited during Antiquity where the locals dug these caves into the rocks.Today, the prehistoric caves are fenced.
Matala used to be a fishing village while today locals are mostly engaged in tourism. It offers numerous accommodations and modern facilities. There is a camping site and many fish taverns          
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Hersonisos Beach Heraklion: Hersonissos is one of the most famous, popular tourist resorts in Crete. It lies 28 km east of Heraklion Town. It is a busy resort offering all kind of facilities and accommodations to the thousands of visitors arriving every year. It has a long golden sandy beach which extends over many kilometres and also some palm trees and crystalline azure waters. Hersonissos also has a very interesting aquarium.

                 

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Stalida Heraklion: Stalida is a beautiful cove located 33 km east of Heraklion Town. The attractive tourist resort full of verdant trees and flowered gardens embraces the wonderful white sandy beach with crystalline waters and many facilities. Accommodations of all categories and fine taverns can be found in the wider region.

                 

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Agia Pelagia Heraklion: Agia Pelagia is a beautiful village lying 24 km north-west of Heraklion Town. It has a long beach with wonderful golden sand. The beach is always protected from the winds and offers a few rental facilities. Numerous accommodations of all types, taverns and bars can be found in the tourist resort. Agia Pelagia is an excellent choice for relaxing vacation.

  

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Crete Ammoudara Lassithi: Ammoudara is a long beach situated 5 km south of Agios Nikolaos town, on the road to Ierapetra. It is actually a beautiful crystalline bay and is rarely affected by the strong summer winds, known as meltemia.
Ammoudara beach is amongst the most crowded beaches in Lassithi because it is well-organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, seaside accommodation options and delicious taverns. It is a fine choice for swimming and sunbathing.

                      

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Crete Havania Lassithi: Havania is the closest beach to Agios Nikolaos town. It consists of sand and crystalline waters. Havania is an excellent choice for all ages given the fact that it offers a wide range of facilities and watersports equipment.

The crystal clear waters allure the tourists to visit this place for their summer holidays as it is a quite destination full of trees. The settlement of Agios Nikolaos is quite popular for its tourist development offering all types of accommodations, restaurants and shops.

                      

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Crete Almiros Lassithi: The long and sandy beahch of Almiros is located 2 km south of Agios Nikolaos town. Due to its close proximity to the capital and the beautiful crystalline waters, Almiros is quite popular in the summer. Well-organized with shallow waters, Almiros is also great for families. Many tourist facilities and accommodation can be found in the wider region. It is also a nice choice for excursions.

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Crete Istro Lassithi: In the coastal road south of Agios Nikolaos there are five to six beaches with blue waters, from Agios Nikolaos to Mohlos. One of them is Istros which is found 12 km south of Agios Nikolaos town on the road towards Ierapetra. The crystal clear blue waters and the white sand are two of the main characteristics that have made this beach so popular.

It is surrounded by green slopes covered with vast vegetation creating a magical landscape and a lovely color antithesis in the canvass of nature. There are various facilities such as sundecks and umbrellas, as kantines for food and drink. Also the visitor will find many taverns that specialize in the Cretan cuisine and the fresh seafood. Istro beach is quiet and ideal for relaxation.
                   


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Crete Makrigialos Lassithi
: The coastal village of Makrigialos lies 24 km east of Ierapetra and 60 km south-east of Agios Nikolaos town, in the centre of Kala Nera Bay.

Because of its long stretch of sand and its crystalline blue waters, Makrigialos has developed into one of the most important tourist resorts in the area. In the wider region, ruins of a Minoan mansion can be seen.




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