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Kalamaki beach – Heraklion

Location

Kalamaki beach is situated about 67km south west of Heraklion and 9km south of Tymbaki.
The beach extends for about 2,5 kilometres between Kokkinos Pyrgos in the north and the succeeding Kommos beach in the south.

Characteristics

Access By: Car Beach Type: Sand
Depth: Shallow Temperature: Normal
Organised: Yes Windy: Yes
Family-friendly: Yes Natural Shade: Little
Nudism-friendly: Yes* Crowded: Normal

Facilities

Umbrellas and sun beds, showers, watersports, cafes, bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, bakery, ATM cashpoint machines, car and bike rentals.

Notes

The long beachfront of  Messara Bay is affected by the north and northwestern winds that blow in southern Crete, lifting big waves and therefore swimmers are advised to be very careful to the slippery slabs of stone that are found when entering the sea.

It is also the place where loggerhead Catretta caretta lays its eggs so if you see fenced-off areas, be careful so as not to frighten the bearing turtles that are incubated in the sand by the heat of the sun.

If you are looking for a secluded, unorganised beach you can walk to the west of Kalamaki, to the Pahia Ammos beach where there are some places with rocks.
*In case you are a naturist, walk about 10 minutes south towards Kommos beach until you reach Potamos, where the tamarisk trees run down to the sea.

How to get to Kalamaki

Kalamaki is accessible by private cars and motorbikes.
More info on how to get to Kalamaki.

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