I have been planning this trip from winter time as my kids ages 7&10 would follow so I wanted to be sure I will do everything right and not take any risks.
1.Have good hiking shoes.
2.Have a good litre of water per person.
3.Have a camera...
4.Be prepared for the view of a lifetime...
The road to get there is a bad dusty rocky road but any car can handle...so don't be fooled and take the boat trip.
After the descend you will find all the beach amenities you need so don't carry anything with you except a camera, a towel, sunscreen and a wallet...you will remember me when you climb back...
There are umbrellas for rent, 2 different beach taverns that sell almost everything at reasonable prices (umbrella set 6 euro, bottle of water 1 euro) Toilets etc. Camping is not allowed but we ended up staying overnight...there are basic camping facilities in the taverna on left side as you descend...;). We had fresh fish 1/2kg plate for 10 euro!
Tip: Umbrellas in front of the taverna on your left are free...(but do buy a coffee/beer or some water from the place as a thank you.)
1.Rocky dusty road up to the parking spot where your descend starts : 35-40min (approx. 8km)
2.Descend on foot : 40-45min (We didn't select the donkey ride that is available at 8 euro)
The uphill journey is a test for your feet but you will be glad you did it when you reach the top. Take the time and have some cold water-melon at the "taverna" on the parking spot...enjoy the view and thank god you were lucky enough to enjoy this cretan "blue lagoon"... Have a blast! It worths every drop of your sweat!
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