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Istron beaches

Location

Istron bay is among the most beautiful places in Crete.
It is located about 13km east of Agios Nikolaos and 74km from Heraklion city.
The area is known for its wonderful beaches found in three adjacent bays.

Characteristics

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

Facilities

Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation.

Notes

The first beach on the west is called Karavostasi, a quiet beach, well organised with pebbles and sand.
Moving east, appears the second beach of Agios Panteleimonas with the homonymous picturesque church built on the beach, suitable for windsurfing.
Turquoise waters, white sand and green hills are the features of perhaps the best beach in the area, called Voulisma.
Continuing east, we find Istron bay.
It may look private due to the hotel which is built on the steep slopes but isn’t as all beaches in Greece.
There is a path leading to the beach, west of the hotel, in front of the bus stop.
Istron is built on the site of the archaic city Istrona.
Moreover, during the Venetian Era, several water mills were built, ruins of which can still be seen today.

How to reach Istron

Istron beaches are easily accessible with frequent public buses from Agios Nikolaos.
If you choose to drive from Agios Nikolaos, folllow the road connecting Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.
From Heraklion, take the new National road to Agios Nikolaos, towards the east.

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