Crete | Greece

1. Trachoulas December 19, 2010 20:04

Trafoulas is located 4km east of Lendas and 69km south of Heraklion. It is a completely isolated beach of south Crete, which is formed at the exit of a small canyon on the Cape Trafoulas or Trahilas. According to the legend, this beach this beach was visited by King Minos and his men, while the neighbouring Loutra beach was the bathing beach of Minos's wife, Pasiphae, and her female followers.

To get there you have to drive for a while in the wild road that starts from Lendas harbour (in Loutra) and heads to village Krotos. Just after 500m, you will see the small canyon on your right hand and the starting point of the hiking path that heads to the beach. On the edge of the wild road, you will have the chance to see a beautiful panorama that includes the shore from Loutra to Lendas. Leave your car somewhere there and follow the trail to the beach (15-20’). Of course, it is easier, but less adventurous, to access Trafoulas by boat from Lendas. the gorge is very nice and full of oleander.