Kolokytha or The beach of St. Loukas
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
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
Best season to visit