The European Environment Agency (EEA) announced in its report released on May 24th 2017, that the waters at beaches across Greece and Crete meet excellent bathing water quality standards. This means they were free from pollutants harmful to human health and the environment. According to the report which covers bathing water locations across Europe, Greece is fourth among the five countries where 95 percent or more bathing waters were assessed as being of “excellent” quality.
During the summer months in Xerokambos, the wetland of the seasonal salty lake or “Alatsolimni as it is called by the Greeks, dries and reveals a large area full of salt. Forming a lagoon during the winter period, being an ideal and significant biotope of the area. The lagoon is an ideal refuge for many migratory birds such us flamingos and herons. Close and around the salt lake you can find many sand dunes or in Greek Ammothines. They are generated by the combined action of
Koutsouras sits on the coast just to the west of Makrigialos, and in terms of tourism is quieter and more low key than its larger neighbour. The village was established in the middle of the last century, settled largely by former inhabitants of the mountain village of Stavrohori, and in the latest census reported a population of just over 800 people. Originally Koutsouras was the seat of the municipality of Makrigialos before its merger with Ierapetra in 2011, the village boa
If you are looking for a hidden bay in Eastern Crete, there will be many places that will surprise you. In the eastern part of Lassithi and close to Makrigialos many of these idyllic and virgin places can be found. The whole area of East Crete is a place that offers great natural beauty, endless golden beaches and lots of possibilities to find peace of mind on a serene part of the island, teeming with history that has inspired many of us. #Beach