Agios Nikitas
Crete | Greece

1. Saint Nikitas December 19, 2010 19:55

Agios Nikitas is located 65km south of Heraklion, on the east side of the wild and arid Asterousia Mountains. The most common way to get there is to drive in the rugged dirt road that starts from the village Ahendrias and ends at the Monastery of St. Nikitas after 15km. The fascinating route runs along steep cliffs and wild sharp rocks, a characteristic landscape of the Asterousia Mountains.
Inside the monastery there is a short path leading to the beach of Agios Nikitas with 230 steps. It is a beautiful pebbly beach with crystal clear and deep green waters. It is isolated and far from the comforts of the touristic areas. If you're a fan of nudism, you must remember that nudism near monasteries is considered offensive to the monks. There is a second twin beach east of the main beach, that is only accessible by boat. The two beaches are separated by a huge smooth and steep rock, on which the legend says that there are the footprints of Saint Nikitas horse.