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How to get to Kolokytha Beach

Kolokytha is a small island just opposite the Peninsula of Spinalonga, 12km north of Agios Nikolaos and close to Elounda. Opposite the island, there is the fantastic beach of Agios Loukas, mostly known as Kolokytha.

How to get to Kolokytha Beach by car

To access the beach you should first follow a scenic route: From the town of Elounda, follow the road leading to the east, along the shore. You will pass the old salt pans of Elounda on your right hand. The road at this point runs along a narrow strip of land and heads to the Peninsula of Spinalonga (some call the Spinalonga Peninsula falsely Kolokytha). On the route, you will meet the small canal built by the French army in 1897 to connect the lagoon of Elounda to Mirabello Bay. There are a few windmills around, a picturesque bridge, and boats in the canal, creating a unique landscape. Then the road turns to a dirt track and after 200-300m you have to turn right. Drive on this track and cross the peninsula of Spinalonga vertically, having stunning views of its rocky shores and abandoned farms.

After 3-4 minutes, the road leads to the church of Saint Luke, where you should park. From there you can see the small island of Kolokytha, where thousands of gulls nest. Also, you can discern in the north, the Byzantine chapel of Saint Fokas, which was built in honor of the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus Phocas for liberating Crete from the Arabs in 961 AD.

Boat trip to Kolokyhta Beach

Getting to Kolokytha Beach by boat offers an unparalleled experience, showcasing the stunning coastline and pristine waters of Crete. Departing from Elounda, the journey itself is a delight, with panoramic views of the Mirabello Bay and the rugged landscape. As you cruise towards Kolokytha, you'll have the chance to explore hidden coves and perhaps even spot some local marine life. This method not only saves time compared to the winding road routes but also provides a unique perspective of the island. Once at Kolokytha Beach, the secluded paradise awaits, far less crowded than those accessible by land. The soft sands and crystal-clear waters are perfect for a relaxing day of swimming and sunbathing. Choosing a boat trip ensures a memorable, scenic, and exclusive adventure, making it the best way to reach Kolokytha Beach.

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