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Ammoudara beach – Heraklion


Ammoudara (i.e. Big sand), is a 7km long sandy beach which starts 1km west of Heraklion, from the mouth of river Almyros up to the beach of Linoperamata where the electric power plant is found.

Ammoudara is a suburb 6km west of Heraklion city and as such it is developed, offering numerous choices for entertainment to its thousands of visitors.


Access By: Car/bus Blue Flag: Yes
Beach Type: Sand Depth: Shallow
Temperature: Warm Organised: Yes
Natural Shade: Little Crowded: Yes*
Family-friendly: Yes Handicapped accessible: Yes


Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, lifeguard, changing rooms, water sports, kitesurfing, windsurfing school, parking, cafe, snack, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, tavernas, take-away food shops, accommodation (All Inclusive Hotels), super markets, shops, doctors, pharmacies, internet cafes, exchange bureaus,  ATM cashpoint machines, car and bike rentals.


If you take a walk on the beach you will surely see the Sand lilies of the beach.

*The beach is so long that never gets overcrowded and thus there are quiet spots along its length for those who wish to stay secluded.

**Ammoudara is well known to windsurfers, due to the intense north winds which create big waves.
Hence the windsurfing school at the west end of the beach.

How to get to Ammoudara

Ammoudara beach is easily accessible with frequent public buses from Heraklion city, running every half hour from early in the morning till late in the evening.

Photo by: netopyr67

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