Itanos - Erimoupoli
Itanos beach is named after the ancient city of Itanos, sited in the area. Itanos was one of the most important coastal cities of Eastern Crete from the Minoan era until the first Christian years. Today it is known as Erimopolis. The beach is located about 96 km, east of the town of Agios Nikolaos and 25 km north of the famous palm forest of Vai. It is a sandy, beautiful, unspoilt beach with turquoise waters. What makes it special, is that part of the ancient city of Itamos is sunk in the sea. Snorkeling above the ruins is a unique experience.
Itanos consists of three smaller picturesque beaches. The first beach is in front of the parking area. It is a small, sandy beach with three - four tamarisk trees that offer natural shade. To its right is the second beach hidden behind the archaeological site. It is also a small sandy beach with some pebbles and some stones in the sea. There is a trail connecting the two beaches passing through the ruins of the ancient city. Around the beach there are scattered a few palm trees. The third one is the largest one and it is located on the north of the parking lot, about a two minute walk..It is a sandy long beach with crystal clear waters and secluded sports. It may be the most beautiful among the three.
The beach is not organized, so if you plan to visit it, it's good to have water and supplies with you. It is a quite popular beach, gather lots of people. It is definitely an ideal destination as you can combine swim with a visit to the ancient city. It's quite easy to access the beach. Next to the archeological site is the parking lot. From there paths lead to the three beaches. Don't forget to visit the archeological area of the ancient Itanos.