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Mirtos beach, Lassithi Crete

The beach of Myrtos is a nice and rather quiet beach, sandy and in parts with pebbles, in front of the homonymous village at the southern coast of Crete, close to the borders of Heraklion prefecture. The beach is situated 51 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the South, 90 kilometers southeastern to Heraklion and 14,5 kilometers western to Ierapetra.

The beach is well enough organised. The visitor will find a few hotels and rooms to let for accommodation in the peaceful village, suitable for families or for those who prefer to have solitary holidays, but be close to the big tourist resorts and the places worth seeing. For food and drink the good fish taverns of the village are ideal; fish is always fresh and tasty.

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The beach offers swimming and sunbathing facilities (sunbeds, umbrellas) as well as facilities for sea sports. And, if you prefer something more remote, you can drive or walk for 2 kilometers at the west, to the long beach near the village, where nudism is possible and snorkeling interesting. Besides, you may go eastwards to the beaches in the area of Ierapetra, at a distance from 3 to 14 kilometers far away.

If you are interested in archaeological tours, don’t miss to visit the ruins of the important Early Minoan settlement (2600-2200 b.C.) at the site “Fournou Korfi” (3,5 kilometers to the East), the Middle Minoan farmhouse at the site of “Pyrgos”, western to Myrtos and the ruins of the Roman baths, with the interesting mosaic pavements, at the site of Aghios Antonios, also western to Myrtos.

If you feel like needing a “change”, from the everyday swimming and sunbathing program, you may leave for a short excursion to the mountainous village of Males, on a height of 600 meters, at a distance of 14 kilometers northern to Myrtos. You will see numerous interesting old churches, you will enjoy a tasty lunch and if you wish you may drive some more 9 kilometers westwards, to visit the holm-oak and pine wood at the village Selakano; the wood is of breathtaking natural beauty and it will offer you freshness in the hot summer days.

In case of health problems, there is a Medical Center at Myrtos.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes, as well as by taxi from Ierapetra, which is close enough.

Mirtos beach (western to the settlement)
At a distance of 2 kilometers western to the village of Myrtos, there is an oblong and very quiet beach, pebbly in its major part, with rocky parts here and there. The beach is situated close to the borders of Heraklion prefecture, at a distance of 88 kilometers far from Heraklion at the Southeast, 49 kilometers southern to Aghios Nicolaos and 16 kilometers western to Ierapetra.

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The beach is not organised at all; the usual facilities for swimming and sunbathing are absent; here you will enjoy the sea and the bright sun, almost alone, within calmness and without umbrellas, sunbeds and sea sport facilities. But the village of Myrtos is close enough for food and refreshments and for accommodation.

What the beach offers to the swimmer is the possibility of nudism, the crystal clear sea and an interesting seabed suitable for snorkeling. There is only one disadvantage: the beach is just beside the public road.

In case of emergency, a Medical Center is available at the village of Myrtos.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes, as well as by taxi from Ierapetra, which is close enough.
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