Beaches

Magnificent beaches can be found on the coasts of the municipality of Aghios Nikolaos, most of them awarded the Blue Flag Status.
The coasts are full of enchanting coves and idyllic beaches with crystalline waters.
Here are some of those little paradises:

Elounda Beaches

Elounda Public Beach Blue Flag Awarded
Location: just next to the port of Elounda
Description: It is a fully organized facility, ideal for water sports, with restaurants and cafes nearby, where thousands of visitors gather every year.
Nearest village: Elounda

Plaka Blue Flag Awarded
Location: 7km from Elounda
Description: pebble beache with pristine waters, uncrowded near the good quality fish restaurants of Plaka, with amazing view to Spinalonga.
Nearest village: Plaka

Aghios Nikolaos Beaches

Kitroplatia Blue Flag Awarded
Location: In the town of Agios Nikolaos
Description: A wonderful sandy beach in the center of town, surrounded by restaurants and hotels.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Kitroplatia Beach EOT Blue Flag Awarded
Location: In the town of Agios Nikolaos Description: A pristine sandy beach with shallow water fully serviced and has all the amenities and facilities for enjoyable bathing and water sports.Also has the only mini-golf course in town, food services, snooker, ping-pong, a nearby football pitch and basketball court, an athletics course and a competition-sized swimming pool.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Ammos Blue Flag Awarded
Location: In the town of Agios Nikolaos
Description: A wonderful sandy beach in the center of town, also close to the central shopping area.Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Ammoudi Blue Flag Awarded
Location: In the town of Agios Nikolaos
Description: A small sandy and deep water beach, fully organized, with sports facilities and food services.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Havania Blue Flag Awarded
Location: 2km outside of Agios Nikolaos, along the beach road to Elounda
Description: A wonderful sandy beach, fully organised offering all desirable beach facilities.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Havania Beach Almiros Blue Flag Awarded
Location: 2km outside of Agios Nikolaos, along the road to Kalo Chorio
Description: One of the most significant seaside resorts in the area. The entire area is wooded with eucalyptus trees, reeds and rushes which grow in the source waters of the fresh water river which runs into the sea. The endless sandy beach of Almyros is magical and offers the visitor all the comforts and facilities expected of a fully organized beach resort.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Ammoudara Blue Flag Awarded
Location: 3km outside of Agios Nikolaos, along the road to Kalo Chorio
Description: A small well-organized sandy beach, it is ideal for diving and water sports, and located next to restaurants and shops.
Nearest village: Agios Nikolaos

Kalo Chorio Beaches

Voulisma Blue Flag Awarded
Location: just outside of Kalo Chorio
Description: This is the largest well-organized municipal beach of Kalo Chorio. Its immense and extremely clean sandy beach is ideal for relaxing and having fun in the sand. Surrounded by tavernas, cafes and supermarkets at a short distance, it gathers thousands of visitors every year. It is an ideal place for sea-sports and beach fun.
Nearest village: Kalo Chorio

Karavostasi
Location: just before the entrance of Kalo Chorio
Description: This well-organized municipal beach is ideal for a cool swim and fun in the sand. Surrounded by locust trees and olive trees.
Nearest village: Kalo Chorio

Aghios Panteleimonas
Location: in the center of Kalo Chorio
Description: It is an enchanting, well-organized municipal beach that is ideal for relaxation and fun, and a meeting place for lovers of water-based activities. It is surrounded by reeds and local trees, and on the sand hills grows the self-promulgated Minoan sea-lily.
Nearest village: Kalo Chorio

Blue Flag Status
A beach with a blue flag means:
– A beach with crystal-clear waters
– Good organization and safety
– An environmentally – friendly place

The “Blue Flag” is the international symbol of quality of a well organized beach.
The “Blue Flags Program” is a Program for Environmental Sensitivity and Protection of The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that occurs every year on a grand scale in over 35 countries in Europe and other places around the world.
In Greece, the representative for the program is the Greek Environmental Society for Nature Protection, the oldest environmental organization in our country that has been active in environmental education and the protection of nature since 1951.
The awarding of Blue Flag status to a beach is no easy task. The beach must fulfill 27 strict criteria in relation to the cleanliness of the sea and the beach itself, the organization of the beach and the safety of its visitors, the protection of nature and the environment.
For a marina there are 22 criteria.
The municipality of Agios Nikolaos has had to this day, the largest number of awarded beaches in the region, and for the first time this year (2004), the marina was also awarded the Blue Flag.
The managing organizations of the awarded beaches and marinas are the Public Enterprise for Tourism Development of Agios Nikolaos (DETADAN), the Community of Elounda for Tourist Development (KEPANEL), the Public Enterprise of the Marina Agios Nikolaos (DEPAMAN) and also the many excellent hotels in our area.

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