Myrtos

A beach village ideal for sun-worshippers

Crete is home to a plethora of beautiful seaside villages that will seduce you with their traditional character and peaceful aura. Myrtos is a favorite among tourists who appreciate the traditional and relaxing atmosphere as well as the hippie-like vibe. It is a fine pebble beach with ash-grey sand and crystalline waters. Various accommodations and taverns can be found along the beach.

Myrtos is 16 km from Ierapetra. This little seaside village, situated on the banks of Krios River, faces the Libyan Sea to the south, an area with countless beaches of golden sand and warm winds. The southern side of Crete remains more secluded and less touristy, just a few kilometers away from Ierapetra, the only town on the south.

In summer Myrtos is bustling with life and is a special place to walk around the narrow streets of the village, among the houses which are whitewashed with colorful doors and windows. The waterfront is teeming with fish tavernas. The climate of Myrtos, thanks to this really lucky position, it's definitely sub-tropical therefore mild and with pleasant temperatures for a large part of the year. and in the area of Nea Myrtos.

Myrtos is ideal base for hikers wanting to explore the southeastern part of the island, an excellent excuse to skip the tan and explore this region blessed with an interesting history found in the area of Nea Myrtos with important Minoan ruins. The forest of Selakano will satisfy any hiker and nature lover for being one of the most beautiful and most important surviving ecosystems of the island, protected under the Natura 2000 program, and a major pine forest for the entire Mediterranean Sea. 

It’s also worth exploring the many other small beaches and coves you’ll encounter, such as the magnificent beach at Tertsa village or the superb Xerocambos beach. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch one of the many boats offering day trips from Ierapetra to the islet of Chrissi, just 8 miles into the Libyan Sea. 

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