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1. The rocky beach of Agia Pelagia December 20, 2010 06:56

Mononaftis is a beautiful pebbly beach, located 24km northwest of Heraklion and just 1km north of Agia Pelagia main beach. According to the tradition, a ship was sunk here once and only one sailor survived. This story gave the name Mononaftis to the beach, which means “One sailor”. It is located in the northern part of the peninsula of Agia Pelagia and is sheltered from the (common) north winds, since it looks to the East. This feature makes Mononaftis and the surrounding beaches popular to locals.

The beach has coarse sand/pebbles and the water has a characteristic greenish color. It is very well organized with umbrellas, sun beds, water sports, etc. Moreover, near the beach you will find many cafes, restaurants and many options for accommodation. The seabed is rocky, which makes it ideal for fishing and scuba diving.