In the south part of Heraklion, at the exit of an imposing gorge, you will find the small coastal village of Tsoutsouras. Swim in its "medicinal" waters and listen to the stories of the locals about the legends of the area.
Tsoutsouras Beach is built on the ancient city of Inatos and is located approximately 63km south of Heraklion. The wider area has intense archaeological interest and it is connected to various myths and stories about dragons, secret excavations and findings of unique technological importance from the Minoan period. Due to a special aura that characterises Tsoutsoura as well as the high levels of salt and iodine in the sea water, locals believe that swimming in the area has therapeutic effects.
The beach of Tsoutsouras is beautiful, clean and organised. Coarse sand covers the whole beach and the water is quite cool. When it gets windy in the north, the sea at Tsoutsouras remains calm and enjoyable. The beach is quite long and we would suggest that you go to the west from the small port where waters are more shallow. If you are fond of natural landscapes, the trees upon the beach will offer you their shade and a cool break from the hot sun.
You will find numerous accommodation options, taverns and small cafes in the area. Tsoutsouras is an ideal choice for families who wish to spend their holidays in a quiet place next to the sea.
Families should know
- In order to reach Tsoutsouras you will have to drive through the famous Asterousia Mountains. The road has many turns which make the drive tiring, especially for young children. We suggest that you make a stop for a refreshment at Viannos village to take a break from the long drive
- The locals call the two parallel mountains west of Tsoutsouras, Zeus and Hera, due to their shapes that look like two human figures. According to Greek mythology, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon, the three sons of Zeus grew up in those mountains
- Visit: all year
Tsoutsouras, South of Heraklion