the beach of Saint Loukas or Kolokytha
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Kolokytha or The beach of St. Loukas

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Very close to Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula there is an islet called Kolokytha. On the opposite side of the islet there is a wonderful beach, the beach of Saint Loukas or Kolokytha as it is called by the locals.

The water is superbly clean, and the island of Spinalonga in the background is a reminder of the past. Spinalonga was the last leper colony in Europe which closed in 1957. The branches of the aged olive trees cast their shadows like strokes of an artist’s brush.

If you are in the area Kolokytha is really worth a visit. It is suitable for older children but maybe not so much for the younger ones, unless you go well prepared of course.  You can reach the beach on foot from the chapel of Saint Loukas . In that case, take a car as far as the church and the beach is just a 5 minute walk. Alternatively, you can take one of the excursion boats from Elounda.

The route via Saint Loukas s especially scenic and beautiful, and we would recommend it without hesitation if you have a jeep and you enjoy walking.

Families should know

  • It is advisable not to visit the beach early afternoon during August as there are many visitors at this time and it spoils the beauty when it is crowded
  • Kolokythas beach has little in the way of facilities such as sun beds and umbrellas, no kantina for water and snacks etc, and as a result may not be suitable for young children
Address: Elounda, Mirabello Bay, Lasithi, Crete


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Kids will love

Walking from the chapel of St. Loukas

Parents will love

The natural beauty of the beach with its white sand and clear water

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Best season to visit

  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter
  • spring
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  • We visited this beach by chance and we were stunned. The water was pure and clean, and the time spent in peace and relaxation was priceless.

    • Dear Marilyn,
      Thank you for your message. There are no topless beaches in Crete (with a very few exemptions, the nudist beaches).

      Nowadays, topless in Greece, in general, is not the “the norm” but the exemption.

      Thank you,
      On behalf of



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