The sugary shoreline – From Spellbinding Chiona to Inviting Itanos Erimoupolis
Within less than one kilometre (a nice 10-minute leisure walk) from your elegant apartment lies one of the most famous beaches in the area awarded a Blue Flag for its pristine and safe waters and for meeting the strict environmental standards set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) – Chiona Beach.
The serene shore with the shallow azure waters is an inviting heaven for families with children, couples, and visitors longing for some peaceful time by the sea, while there are even designated areas and charming coves for nudism and more enhanced privacy levels. Adorned with tamarisk trees and traditional fish taverns featuring ravishing seascapes and views of the lush olive groves, Chiona is a popular pole of attraction for everybody visiting Sitia and Palaikastro region.
Not far off is another equally captivating beach, Kouremenos beach, a windsurfer’s paradise. Also bearing a Blue Flag certification, this fine sand shore with the crystalline waters welcomes hundreds of windsurfers and kite surfers every year, due to the ideal conditions of the Kouremenos bay and the northern, side-shore, Meltemi winds that steadily blow in the area.
Besides a Kouremenos windsurfing experience, though, you may also enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the beach bar or treat your palate with delicious snacks, and, why not, even join a lively beach party of the ones that often take place here! Of course, swimming, sunbathing, napping on the beach, and snorkeling are also gratifying options, given the warm waters (around 24oc in the summer months), the many trees that provide natural shade during the day, and the magnificent submarine cosmos waiting to be explored.