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Analipsi beach

Location

Analipsi beach is approximately 22 km east of Heraklion city, next to Gouves and very close to the resort of Hersonissos.
Although the village of Analipsi, (i.e. Ascension) has developed rapidly during the last few years, it is far more peaceful than the resorts of the surrounding area.

Characteristics

Access By: Car/bus Blue Flag: Yes
Beach Type: Sand* Depth: Normal
Temperature: Normal Organised: Yes
Natural Shade: Little Crowded: Normal
Windy: Yes** Family-friendly: Yes

Facilities

Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, mini markets, shops, pharmacies, car rentals, real estate agencies.

Notes

*East of the church, the beach is sandy and well organised.

West of the church, it is rocky but more appropriate if you seek for isolation under the tamarisk trees or enjoy shore fishing.

**If you walk further west, you will find another sandy cove, ideal when it is windy.

The beach is exposed to northern winds, becoming ideal for surf  lovers in August although great attention is advised.

How to reach Analipsi

Analipsi beach is easily accessible from Heraklion with frequent public buses to Hersonissos and Malia.
The bus stops on the old National road, thus you will have to walk 1km to reach the beach.

If you choose to drive from Heraklion, take the new National road (E75), towards Agios Nikolaos, to the east.
After about 13km, take the exit to Kato Gouves, leading to the old National road.
You will  see the intersection to Analipsi after about 5km.

Photo by: Wim Janssen

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