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Pachia Ammos, Lassithi Crete

Pachia Ammos (the name means in greek “thick sand”) is a nice coastal village within a plain with olive trees, at a distance of 20 kilometers southeastern to Aghios Nicolaos. Built at the place of the ancient city of Minoa, it is situated on the main road, just before the junction leading to Sitia to the West (50 kilometers far away) and Ierapetra (14 kilometers to the South). In the past it used to be a trade port, but now, due to its location it has been successfully transformed to a tourist resort.

Pachia Ammos has some hotels and rooms to let for accommodation. Food is not a problem, as you have good alternatives both in the village at the sea front fish taverns, as well as in the villages around. Swimming is possible at the sandy beach in front of the village, protected enough from the winds and with swimming and sunbathing facilities (sunbeds, umbrellas etc.) Or, you may choose the long beach at the East, open to the Cretan Sea, with pebbles, tamarisk trees for shade and high waves when there is wind; or you may go farer, to the peaceful beach of Tholos (or Kavousi), some 9 kilometers northern to the village.
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It is worth visiting the Early Minoan settlement at Vassiliki, at distance of 4 kilometers at the South. The settlement is one of the earliest of Minoan Crete, dated to 2600-2300 b.C.; the big villa excavated here is considered architecturally as the precursor of the great palaces of Knossos and the other Minoan centers of Crete. You should also see the Middle and Late Minoan cemeteries excavated in the area. The place is also the seat of the Institute for the Study of Prehistoric Aegean of Eastern Crete; the objectives of the institute are excavations, preservation and restoration of the finds.

If you like knowing the area, don’t miss to drive up to the small traditional village of Monastiraki, just 3 kilometers far away at the Southeast; you will see nice stone houses, the old watermills and the church of Aghios Stefanos. Close to the village at the West, there is the Ha gorge; its entrance is at the slopes of mountain Thrypti and its exit, via a torrent, at the sea, some 500 meters eastern to the village of Pachia Ammos.

If you have or you may rent a boat, it is worth going to the islet of Konida, within the cove of the village.

A series of cultural activities are organised in summer by the Cultural Association of the village; attending these events is a good alternative in amusement.

Two local feasts (“panighyri”) take place on the 15 th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, one at the village of Vassiliki and another at the Monastery of Faneromeni.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos is possible by public bus, with regular service, taxi and rented or private car and motorbikes. 
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