Ligaria is located 21km north west of Heraklion and 1km east of Agia Pelagia. The Bay of Ligaria is closed and well protected from the winds blowing in the region. Nearby there are the ruins of the old monastery of Panagia Ligariani, where many monks lived in the past. The region gets its name from the monastery, which in turn gets its name from the beautiful plant “osier” (ligaria in Greek), with the flexible stems and the beautiful flowers, which used to abound in the area.
The beach is very beautiful with coarse sand and turquoise calm waters, while the small boats create magic scenery. The eastern part is less protected from the waves and gathers more dirt. Instead, if you go to the west, the water is cleaner and peaceful. Smooth rocks are just near the shore, in the water, except from the west part of Ligaria, where there is sand. It is very well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, water sports, a diving school, beach bars, restaurants and rooms. Especially on weekends, hundreds of locals visit Ligaria. Finding a parking place is very difficult then.