Kalo Nero is located close to Kapsa Monastery, 68km south of Agios Nikolaos and 33km east of Ierapetra, in one of the most rugged areas of eastern Crete. It is a small village at the outlet of a small, but inaccessible, rocky canyon. You will see the church of Panagia (1881), around which the inhabitants of the mountainous village Pervolakia built buildings to stay, when they brought their cattle to graze here. The church was built on the remains of an older chapel, owned by Kapsa Monastery, which was built in 1461.
There are several springs with fresh water, hence the name Kalo Nero (i.e. Good Water), which is very strange for such an arid region. Here, you will find three remote beaches that are ideal for swimming away from the crowds. The first beach on the west is called Koutsounari (don’t confuse that with Koutsounari of St. John) and is accessible via a short trail. The secluded beach is pebbly and has crystal clear waters, while the bottom has large rocks in some places.