Keratokambos Beach

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Southern Crete

Keratokambos Beach is a long, wild beach, virtually unpopulated and is quite a drive from major centres, located on the south coast of Crete.

This beach is about 70 km from Heraklion and 54 km from Ierapetra and makes a good break point between the two towns.

Make your way here from Heraklion via Knossos, the villages of Archanes and Peza and their wineries, and across the island via Arkalohori, Pervola and Chondros.

The approach to the beach is a dramatic, steep and twisting road with excellent views and plenty of reasons to stop and take photos of the Chondros gorge and the turquoise water.

Keratokambos Beach - Tamarisk Tree and shade by the water

We love this beach for its wild character and wide open spaces. This is a wave beach so if you want smooth waters, try elsewhere. It does get windy here, snorkelling is ideal as the seabed is rocky.

Rugged. That is the word for this area. Wild and free...great sunsets!

We found lovely coloured pebbles on this sandy beach, and picnicked near its high sand dunes. We took these photographs, enjoying the colours of the sky and the rocks. We love the rocks and isolation of this beach.

Sandy rocky dunes

The village is very small. It is wise to book ahead for summer, as this enclave gets very full. There are a couple of tavernas serving fresh fish, and a mini market. Take some time out to sit by the Mediterranean, get some fresh air and relax.

The two small villages of Kastri and Keratokambos share the long beach.

If you like to get away from it all, and bring or hire a car for some wonderful day trips, this is a great choice. Inland are gorges to explore, mountain villages and to the east Myrtos and Ierapetra in Lasithi.

Where to stay...

There are a few rooms and domatia in the little village, there are studios and villas dotted around the hills, taking advantage of the steep rise to provide wonderful sea views. 

Chouzourakis Studios are also close to the beach (50 m) with four terraced apartments and leafy garden, make a perfect place for a seaside break. Each apartment houses 4-5 guests and includes kitchen. This is a family-run welcoming home away from home in the sleepy little cul de sac which is Keratokambos. A good budget price.

Haris Villas are close to the beach (150 m) and well priced, suitable for an extended relaxing beach holiday with the whole family. You can prepare meals in the kitchen which is fully equipped, or duck out to the tavernas by the water for fresh fish. This two bedroom , two level villa accommodates 7 guests, with car parking available and a relaxing garden too.

Hillsides with olive groves

For personal attention - consider accommodation options which are offered by locals. Here are apartments set back a little from Keratokambos beach:

Portela Apartments are run with friendly attention from Stavros who studied in the UK and speaks excellent English. He and his father will make sure your stay is comfortable in these very new and stylish apartments sitting half way up the hill behind Kastri.

Keratokambos Beach Images...

The church sits by the bay

Lots of rocky coves to explore

Rocky cliffs behind the beach

Wide open spaces

Ochre coloured sandy dunes


This is a beautiful poetic look at the beach of Keratokambos...

The Hiking Club of Heraklion went from Psari Forada - Arvi - Keratokambos Beach for their walk. Ψαρή Φοράδα - Άρβη - Κερατόκαμπος

Why? Because walking is good for you! And walking by the sea in Crete is one of the joys of life. This video below gives you a really good feel for the beautiful beaches of this area.

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