This is a long sandy beach with cedar trees that start from the beach and reach high in a cliff. What makes unique this beach is the freedom. Hundreds of free campers set up their tent under the shade of the cedar trees and spend their holidays close to nature. They walk around naked but everything seems normal on this beach. The beach itself is windy on most of the days with big waves. There are thousands of beaches in Greece better than this one, but nowhere you can get this feeling of isolation and freedom. Although mainstream beaches in most coastal resorts provide various types of facilities and infrastructure, Agios Ioannis beach has not been transformed through human action and is free from market capitalism and state control. Thus, its natural qualities have been preserved and perfectly caters to the particular needs and preferences of travelers who seek out activities removed from the mainstream and prefer a more “natural” form of travel in “untouched” and “unspoiled” environments.
Agiannis beach is about 4 km from the main beach on the island, Sarakiniko. There is a bus leaving from the port of Karabe that takes you close to Agios Ioannis or, if you prefer, it is also possible to walk in about half an hour from Sarakiniko. There is no road access to the beach. Access to the beach is via extremely steep trails which begin at the edge of the tavernas and takes approximately ten minutes to reach on foot. During July and August, the beach is invaded by large numbers of beach dwellers, and as a result it loses some of its “paradisisiac” image. But even then, you can find turquoise waters, soft white sand and unspoilt beauty. This gorgeous beach is ideal for nudism and a total release of the senses.
This stunning shallow beach with crystal-clear waters has been ranked second in the world for its beauty by the Discovery Channel back in 2007. The little hilltop chapel of Agios Ioannis gives the name to the beach and the area. Around the church, there are ruins of ancient buildings and carved tanks. North and west, there is the beautiful cedarwood forest, called Kedrodasos, which is of great ecological significance. And north of the cedar forest, there is a Hellenistic cemetery, which has been designated an archaeological site. Around 20 carved graves have been excavated there, unfortunately all plundered and looted. Further west of Agiannis, there are three beautiful beaches - Lavrakas, Stavrolimni and Pyrgos - which can be reached by boat or on foot.