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Chrissi is an island - a beach. There is only sand, trees, a little church and a lantern. You can come by boat from Jarapetra. The cruise takes about an hour and you can spend up to 5 hours on the huge beach. The most beautiful, Golden Beach, is about an hour from the marina.
The Akrotiri Peninsula is interesting in many ways. A complex of three monasteries, with buses with optional tours only going to the first one. Further, you can only reach by car, i.e. a cave hiding a legend that combines archaic and Christian times ... In turn, the third monastery, Moni Katholiko, can only be visited on your own, but I assure you that it is worth visiting.
Seitan limania beach is shaped like a lightning bolt. Is it a coincidence? Maybe not ... after all, Zeus, the guardian of the island, has a lightning bolt in his hand as an attribute. The beach is filled with tourists from the very morning. Reaching your destination is not the easiest one. A beautiful view from the top compensates for the hardships of the journey.
The beach is located where the Megapotamos River flows into the Libyan Sea. This is also where the deep ravine ends. In 2010, a beautifully growing palm grove burned down completely. However, the beach quickly regained its former charm. Today it boasts beautiful palm trees again. The grove itself is lovely, well worth a walk and a photo shoot.
Matala Beach is strongly associated with Greek mythology. According to legend, it was here that Zeus, in the form of a white eagle, flew with the kidnapped beautiful princess of Europe. From here he flew to Gortyn to have a beautiful girl under the legendary plane tree. Of course, the god of Olympus was not faithful for too long. The love adventure of Zeus, to which he had had many, left an important fruit in the form of sons; Minos (king of Knossos) and Radamanthus (judge of the dead in Hades). The name of the princess is also not accidental, it is said that she gave birth to us Europeans.
The times of Roman rule left important memories. The dead were buried in hollow catacombs on the cliff adjacent to the bay.
Hollow caves became the home of hippies in the 1960s. However, the police quickly threw them out of here, because there was great sexual freedom here, the children were not registered, transported to schools, and not covered by medical care. The hygienic conditions also left a lot to be desired.
Today, the beach is often visited because there are many holiday resorts around it. In addition, the proximity of Gortyn and Festos (very important archaeological and historical sites) attracts tourists who like to rest here after sightseeing. It's also fun to take a walk on the rock and see the catacombs.
Vai Beach is the easternmost beach of the island. You can feel here like in the Caribbean, like palm trees growing straight out of the sand. Considering that the temperature is always nice in the summer season, it gives the feeling of exoticism that we are all looking for on vacation.
Probably each of us has come to the seaside more than once and complained about the weather. Frost or wet, not to mention the fact that dipping even a foot gave me chills. Even the beautiful, fine sand of our beaches was not able to compensate for the imperfections of the Polish aura.
Greek beaches are mostly rocky, which makes it very difficult to sunbathe on a towel. However, the water is always very clean and warm. You don't have to worry about the weather here. Four beaches are unique; Balos, Elafonissi, Matala and Vai. Each of them is different and differently wonderful.
Why is it great? The beach is famous for its wonderful pink sand. The color is given by tiny sea creatures and very fragmented shells.
There is also a legend related to the beach. Well, on Easter Saturday 1824, the Turkish army murdered 800 women and children here. There were hectoliters of blood on the beach that left the color that is so impressive today.
There are two ways to get to the beach:
Optional trip. This option also includes a visit to the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. The disadvantage is that the time for tanning is only about 2 ÷ 3 hours.
A rental car. This option is so interesting that you don't need to rush. It is even worth coming either very early, before the crowds of tourists, or in the afternoon, when it is much calmer here.
Balos Beach is the showcase of Crete. Willingly photographed, it is on postcards and in all guidebooks. No wonder, it delights everyone. The confirmation is the enormity of tourists who, despite the difficulties with getting there, come here in large numbers every day.
There are two ways to get to the beach:
A rental car. This is a very good option for people who like independence. However, you have to take into account that the road leading to the beach is gravel, not the best quality, although relatively flat and easy. The car must be left on a large hill, there is a parking lot. Going down to the beach, you can admire the charms of this place. And in my opinion, this is the biggest advantage of coming here by car. The view is beyond discretion. Unfortunately, after a day of sunbathing, when you come back, you have to climb the mountain, which is a big obstacle in the summer heat, especially for families with children.
By ship. A day full of total slack. It is enough to get to the port of Kissamos in the morning by your own vehicle or by bus to change to the ferry. Before that, you can buy a ticket online or on the spot. Huge ferries and smaller ships depart from the port literally every few minutes. Full-day trip; sunbathing and visiting Gramvousa. I recommend choosing a smaller ship that goes first to Balos and then to the island. This is a much more interesting option as the ferries visit the destinations in reverse order - smaller ships pass through the ferry that carries huge numbers of tourists. It is then difficult to find your own space.