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Milatos beach, Lassithi Crete

Milatos beach (western to the small port)
Situated some 33 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos and 2 kilometers far from the village of Milatos at the Northwest, a bit at the West of the small port of Milatos (the main beach of the settlement), it is found this small sandy beach; the beach is located in front of the hotel “Minos Imperial” and it is considered as the best beach of the area.

Access to the beach is possible via a dirt track starting from the main beach of Milatos. From Aghios Nicolaos access is possible by rented or private cars and motorbikes.

Milatos beach (port)
At a distance of some 34 kilometers northwestern to Aghios Nicolaos, 70 kilometers eastern to Heraklion and 2 kilometers northern to the homonymous village, Milatos is a small beach in front of a fishermen settlement. It is a sandy beach, well protected from the winds blowing in the area, with a small port suitable for small fishing and tourist boats and for small yachts.

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It is a rather quiet beach, not much organised, without many facilities for swimming and sunbathing (sunbeds, umbrellas, etc), the beach offers some accommodation facilities in studios and rooms to let and excellent food in the fish taverns, where you will find fresh fish and sea food.

Apart from swimming and relaxing at the beach, the area is very good for sightseeing. Archaeological survey has shown that the actual scenic village with the cute small, whitewashed houses has been built on the place of the ancient homonymous Minoan city. According to tradition, Minoan people from this area had settled in Asia Minor in the mid-2 nd millennium b.C., and established the famous city of Miletos, which flourished for a long time in the Archaic and Classical periods. Several burials of the Late Minoan period have been found here.

And, if one day the wind does not allow you to swim, don’t get upset; it is for good! Leave the beach and drive from the beach to the village of Milatos and then to Anoghia, Latsida, Voulismeni, Vrahassi and back to Milatos; it is “the hidden Lassithi”, off the tourist destinations. You will enjoy a wonderful natural environment and come across places and people, not much affected by the invasion of mass tourism.

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If you are around during the Easter vacations, don’t miss to attend the mass at the small church in the entrance of the cave of Milatos. The mass takes place on the first Sunday after Easter, in the memory of the thousands of Cretan people massacred by the Ottomans, during the revolution in 1823. The cave is found at a distance of some 2,5 kilometers eastern to the village of Milatos and presents an important speleological interest, with a lot of stalactites and stalagmites.

Access to the beach from Aghios Nicolaos is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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