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Skinias beach, Lassithi Crete

Skinias is a beach of extreme wild beauty, offering everything a swimmer might desire; everything, apart from crowds and noise. 93 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the East, 19 kilometers eastern to Sitia and 4 kilometers southeastern to Palaekastro, it is situated within the cove of Karoumes and affected by the winds blowing in the area. It is a remote beach, accessible only on foot.

No facilities at all are offered to the visitor. If you come here is only for the crystal clear sea, the bright sun and the solitary swimming, after you have found accommodation and food and drink in the area of Palaekastro or Sitia. The beauty of the beach is breathtaking: the rocks hide it and divide it in smaller beaches, offering privacy and calmness; the best among them is the northern one, a cute sandy beach and the southern one with big pebbles. The seabed is rocky, good for snorkeling; many fans of the sport come here. But, as the fish is abundant, you may fish with more usual ways as well. Children (but also the adults) will enjoy very much picking up salt in the hollows of the rocks, especially if they visit the beach early in summer. The only drawbacks of the beach are the total absence of any kind of shade to protect yourself from the sun and the uphill return walking, that may be a bit tiring, especially if you are not fit enough.

But, if you are fit, you may follow the well-signaled path, which will lead you to the beach of Karoumes, at the exit of the homonymous gorge, after an hour of walking.

Access from Aghios Nicolaos and Sitia is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes, via Palaekastr. From Palaekastro you drive up to the village of Agathia (1 kilometer of good road) and then turn and follow the dirt track for another 2-3 kilometers, up to the small church of Aghios Spyridonas. You leave your car here and do the rest of the way (some 1,5 kilometers) on foot. You have to leave your vehicle there for two reasons: firstly, the road is not suitable for conventional cars; secondly, on your way you will find the fences of the shepherds of the area, which do not allow access to car. You will open the doors to pass and close them back. Walking is easy, slightly sloping, with an excellent view of the sea and the dark rocks surrounding you. You might be tired enough, but the result is worth the effort; you will swim in an marvelous sea, in a really natural environment.
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