Right next to Sarantari, on the west side, there is a small beach, protected by the high cliffs. It is the only nudist beach near Hersonissos. The swimming coast has fine sand and alternates with rocks. The waters are always calm and deeply smooth. It is a beach suitable for isolation.

You can access the beach either walking by the sea from Sarandari beach or downhill 50 meters west of the asphalt road. The beach is not organized, but you will find rich natural shade from the rock that embraces it.

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Municipality of Hersonissos

The Municipality of Hersonissos is located on the northern coast of the prefecture of Heraklion and few kilometers from the city of Heraklion. From 2010 and when the Kallikratis program was implemented, the New Municipality of Hersonissos now includes the municipalities / former municipalities of Gouves, Episkopi and Malia. The area of ​​the new Municipality is 271 with a population of 26.000 inhabitants according to the 2011 census.

In the coastal areas of Hersonissos, Gouves and ​​Malia is developed the main tourist activity of the municipality. The new municipality is one of the most popular and developed tourist destinations of Crete and also of the country. It is known for its high quality hotel facilities, conference facilities and natural beauty in its coastline. The beautiful beaches, nightlife and mass tourism, however, are not the only face of the coin. The other side of Hersonissos, the less known, is the rich and untouched hinterland, scattered with historical monuments and landscapes of breathtaking natural beauty.

Characteristics of the beach

Right next to Sarantari, on the west side, there is a small beach, protected by the high cliffs. It is the only nudist beach near Hersonissos. The swimming coast has fine sand and alternates with rocks. The waters are always calm and deeply smooth. It is a beach suitable for isolation.

You can access the beach either walking by the sea from Sarandari beach or downhill 50 meters west of the asphalt road. The beach is not organized, but you will find rich natural shade from the rock that embraces it.

The area around the beach is considered as tourist resort, so within a short radius you will find many taverns, restaurants, cafes, beach bars and a variety of accommodation options.

The distance of the beach:

From the Port of Hersonissos 3km and an estimated journey time of about 11 minutes.

From International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis of Heraklion is about 23.7Km and an estimated journey time of about 25 minutes.

From the Port of Heraklion and the bus station of Heraklion-Lassithi 28.6Km and an estimated journey time of about 31 minutes.

From the Historical Centre of Heraklion (Lions Square) 28.6Km and an estimated journey time of about 39 minutes.

Beach Regulation

General matters:

To help us increase the quality of the services provided please complete the relevant questionnaire which you can find in our website or by downloading the relevant application Costa Nostrum.

Only the guests – owners of valuable objects that may be lost, are responsible for the loss.

Hygiene and Safety, Environmental Protection and Cleanliness of the Beach:

Swim parallel to the coastline and if possible never alone.

The consumption of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.

It is prohibited to throw cigarettes into the sea or on the beach.

It is prohibited to throw glass objects or packaging on the beach or into the sea.

It is prohibited to throw any object on the beach or into the sea.

It is prohibited to light a fire.

It is forbidden to drill holes in the sand with a depth of more than 25 cm. After the end of the game, the sand will return to its original state.

It is forbidden to camp on the beach.

It is forbidden to drive all the wheeled vehicles on the beach.

It is prohibited to use shampoo.

It is prohibited the use of musical devices that produce high noise.

All your rubbish should be placed with your own responsibility into the special waste containers.

It is prohibited to destroy any kind of vegetation.

It is prohibited to take sand.

Emergency cases:

In case someone disappears call 100.

If the visitor is ill, for any reason or accident, call 166.

There isn’t any particular myth about the Beach west of Sarantari.


The coastal marine zone west of Sarantari beach is consisted of waters that deepens slowly, with a soft sandy bottom. In the reef, the swimmer can safely navigate and discover his little secrets. Maybe with difficulty, you will be able to distinguish traces from Minoan civilization, as in antiquity this place was used as a small port. Small fishes roam the landscape looking for food on the seaweed that grows on the reef. Larger, like the Germans and Scallops, form flops that swim lazy. The sea urchins, firmly hooked, walk slowly by scraping the rocks and eating the algae. Crabs are circulating in the slits of the rocks.

Although large in size, they are afraid of the presence of the man, whom they have just become aware of and they are disappearing. With the use of a mask, a snorkel and a pair of flippers, small lens and a small underwater camera, the visitor can observe the sea life of the reef and capture it with his camera. If you want, you can start from the shallows and see the sandy bottom the murmuria and the tongue fishes, looking for their food in the sea bottom. Reaching 200 meters from the coast, you will see at depths of 5-6 meters an underwater landscape with posidonia meadows. A unique marine plant, endemic to the Mediterranean that forms vast meadows and hosts a large number of species. Responsible for the protection of sandy beaches from erosion and an indicator of water purity and good status of the marine environment.


Η παραλία δίπλα στο Σαραντάρι είναι αποτέλεσμα την συνδυαστικής δράσης της βροχής και της θάλασσας. Αποτέλεσμα αυτών είναι μια λωρίδα άμμου με ελάχιστη βλάστηση τυπική των παραλίων. Επικρατεί το κρίταμο, ένα είδος φυτού που φύεται στα πρανή και αξιοποιείται στην τοπική κουζίνα ως έδεσμα για μεζέ. Η παραλία τον χειμώνα αλλάζει μέγεθος και έκταση, ενώ το καλοκαίρι διαμορφώνεται στην παρούσα κατάσταση με την συνδυαστική δράση των κυμάτων και των τοπικών υδροδυναμικών συνθηκών.

Calculation of carrying capacity of a Beach

For the term “load-bearing capacity” there is a large number of definitions in international literature. However, all these definitions involve two central opinions: Firstly, the biophysical element related to the maintenance of the integrity of the natural resource, in this case, the beach. So, there is a maximum limit which must not be exceeded or else the natural ecosystem will suffer strong pressures. And, secondly, behavioral element which reflects the ability of the leisure experience.

Althoughuntiltodaytherehasnotbeenawidelyaccepteddefinitionoracommonlyacceptedprocedureforthecalculationoftheload-bearing capacity of the beach, the calculation of the load-bearing capacity of each beach is done with the combination of different procedures found in international literature, the main goal being the best protection and conservation of the natural resource and the environment.

For the calculation of the load-bearing capacity of this beach, the following data – information were considered;

Calculation practices of the load-bearing capacity of the beach, mentioned in international literature.

Legislation in force.

Geographical position of the beach.

Existence of endangered species inside the coastal zone.

Fauna and Flora of the area.

Environmental stress of the beach.

The best service of the guests – swimmers of the beach.

The protection of the environment and the preservation of the natural resources of the beach.

Existence of protection rules for the safety and easy access of the guests to the beach.

Existence of stable infrastructures and the prospect of placing new infrastructures like WC.

The beach has no umbrellas and sun beds.

Sustainable Waste Management

The main goal of the suggested management plan aim sat the optimal sustainable management of the waste produced by visitors of the beach during their stay in the coastal zone.

The administrators of each beach must place appropriate bin for recycling where possible and to cover the needs of the beach at the same time.

It is suggested that in every beach – whether it is organized or not and taking in to account the number of visitors – there are at least blue bins for the recycling of packaging, brown bins (compost bins) for the recycling of organic waste and green bins for mixed waste.

An important issue that the administrators have to deal with, whether they are public or private is the collection of the cigarettes which are thrown by the swimmers on the beach. It is suggested the placement of ashtrays next to each chair which will be cleaned by the beach staff, after the guests leave the beach. This waste should not be thrown in the bin with the mixed rubbish because they can cause fire. They should be put in a special metal bucket, soaked with water and then thrown into the common bins, as no management plan for this kind of waste has been found until now.

At the point where the bins are placed there should be explanatory signs in many languages and the waste should be carried to the recycling centers regularly.

Moreover it should be mentioned that these weeds that are washed out at the beach are not an attractive view, but there is a processing method by a Greek company producing compost from seaweeds.

In general, it is suggested the following bins are placed:

At least 1 Green bin for mixed rubbish

At least 1 Blue bin for recyclable package materials

At least 1 Brown bin for organic waste

At least 1 Metal bucket for cigarettes from the ashtrays placed under the umbrellas

Clay ashtray at each beach chair set.

1 butterfly net so that the staff can collect rubbish from the beach without bending.

One-use gloves in case the worker has to collect rubbish with the hands.

All the bins should always be closed and the administrator of the beach is responsible to make sure the bins are closed.

Any other waste like batteries, electrical and electronic equipment should be given at the reception and the administrator of the beach has the responsibility to put them in the right bin, or inform the guest where the nearest container is.

In any case no rubbish should be thrown in to the wrong containers and of course nothing should be thrown into the beach or the sea.

Measures for the Protection of Endangered Species

At the Beach west of Sarantari beach no existence of endangered species has been mentioned. In any case, if endangered species appear, then measures for their protection have to be taken.

For example, some measures are mentioned below but in any case if you find an endangered species you should immediately contact the competent authorities of the state.

If you find a nest

If the nest is in danger beacause of the pedestrians or the vehicles, surround it with a “fence” you can make from wooden sticks placed around it and tied with some rope.  
CAREFUL: Do not dig the nest. If there are stones or other things that may prevent the baby turtles from finding their way to the sea, then remove those obstacles.
If it is in the shade (e.g. under an umbrella), try to remove it.

If you find an injured turtle

You put the turtle in a SAFE PLACE away from people and noise. YOU ALWAYS RAISE IT FROM THE SHELL (never from the wings or the head).
If the animal is big it must be carried by 2 persons by catching the shell from behind the neck and over the tail. 
YOU PLACE THE ANIMAL CAREFULLY making sure the wings do not remain under its body.

We put the animal in a place which is PROTECTED AND QUIET, AWAY FROM STREAMS AND WIND. In the summer months you should cover the would with a piece of WET CLOTH. The temperature of the place should not fall under 15 degrees Celcius. The turtle does not have to be put in sea water and if it is wounded at the head or exhausted, it MUST NOT BE PUT IN WATER BECAUSE IT MY DROWN.

If it is trapped in nets or fishing hook, you remove them carefully. In no circumstances should you TRY TO PULL A HOOK FROM THE MOUTH OR TAIL.

You control all wings and if you find RECOGNITION TAGS call the Rescue Network (210 8944444). You will be sent a special form which you have to COMPLETE carefully to help the turtle you found and also other turtles.

If you find a dead sea turtle

If the turtle is dead it should be CARRIED TO THE LAND and the Coast Guard as well as Archelon should be contacted. BE CAREFUL, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE TURTLES LOOKS DEAD BUT IT MAY BE IN DEEP SLEEP, ESPECIALLY IN THE COLD MONTHS.

If you find a tag it should be removed and sent to ARCHELON.  
ATTENTION, THIS IS ONLY FOR DEAD ANIMALS. It would be very helpful for ARCHELON if you take a photograph of the animal and especially its wounds.

Complete the special FORM sent to you by ARCHELON AND finally call the LOCAL AUTHORITIES for the burial of the animal.

For more information

There isn’t any wetland near the Beach west of Sarantari beach.


General Characteristics of the Beach West of Sarantaris
Beach Name Beach west of Sarantaris - Hersonissos
Beach Code Number GRCR201710
Beach Kind Non-Organized Beach
Municipality Hersonissos - Crete
Beach Administrator Municipality of Hersonissos


Certification 2017

# INDEX TYPE - CRITERIA Importance Rate
1 Recording and information of the public through signs and through the website about: The marine and land fauna and flora, as well as the water biotopes inside the coastal zone Issues of waste management, environment protection etc. M/4  4
2 Publication of a management plan, indices and all the relevant information. M/4  4
3 Existence of appropriate bins for the regular garbage disposal M/4  4
4 Application of a management plan for sustainable development of the beach M/4  4
5 Cleaning of the beach regularly – at least 3 times a year. M/4  4
6 Existence of a questionnaire in a printed form or in electronic form at . M/4  4
7 Yearly recording of the quality of the waters by the administrative authority and publication of the measurements to the general public through the website and through signs. M/4  4
8 Obeying the rules and demands, according to the legislation in force. M/4  4
  Total Rate for Organized Beach 32  32


Final Rating - Initial Classification & Certification of Beach

Day of Evaluation




Number of Sea Horses of the Beach