The remote beach of Koudoumas, a pebbly one, is
situated at a distance of some 80 kilometres southern to Heraklion and
20 kilometres from the village of Sternes, at the South. The beach is
in front of the Monastery of Koudoumas and it is well protected from
The beach is not organised at all; no facilities are available, apart
from the crystal clear sea and the bright sun, and if you wish to stay
enough you should bring supplies with you (especially water!). You may
camp on the beach, provided you respect the Monastery and you don't disturb
the few families of locals living there.
Access from Heraklion or Mires is possible by rented or private car
and motorbikes. The only way to the beach is from Sternes; it is a difficult
dirt track, 20 kilometres long which descends from a height of 1.000
metres, on the Asterousia Mountain, to the level of the sea. The route
is fascinating, the view breathtaking, but it is not recommended, if
heights make you sick.