When a beach resort’s name translates as ‘huge sand’, you know you’ve come to the right place. Amoudara is the perfect beach getaway for those looking for sun, sea and sand on Crete. There are three miles of golden sands for you to work on the tan or for the kids to build sandcastles. When it gets a little warm, then take a dip in clear blue waters. You can even enjoy one of the many watersports available. But what really appeals about a holiday to Amoudara is its location. It’s just a 15-minute drive to Crete’s vibrant capital of Heraklion and only 20 to the major tourist sight of Knossos. You get the best of both worlds; sunbathing and sightseeing in one great holiday.
Amoudara is a top choice for a family getaway. It’s not packed with bars, but there’s enough here to keep kids entertained. Gift shops can be found close to many of the larger hotels, while there are bars, restaurants and cafes for all appetites. There’s really no need to leave the resort. But you really can make the most of a holiday to Amoudara by hiring a car. There are plenty of craft shops to pick out that perfect souvenir in Heraklion. You can learn more about Crete’s ancient past in the ruins of Knossos too. For those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors, there are plenty of countryside hikes. You can walk through beautiful gorges and stumble across traditional villages.
During the summer months, Heraklion is a busy, bustling city attracting millions of visitors. Amoudara is almost an outlying suburb of Heraklion, as you can reach the city centre so quickly. If you’re looking for a few drinks in the evening or fancy a shopping spree, then Heraklion is the place to head to. You’ll find plenty of souvenirs on offer, including Cretan olive oil, raki and honey. History buffs will love Heraklion too. There are plenty of monuments dotted around the town, plus the huge Archeological Museum.
After several days basking on the beach in Amoudara, how about a change of scenery? Head west along the coast until you reach the postcard-pretty resort of Agia Pelagia. It’s a similar destination to Amoudara, with its great beach and inviting sea. But you can also take a walk up into the hills here. The views over the bay make the climb well worthwhile.
Watersports enthusiasts have plenty to keep them occupied on the coast at Palaiokastro. There are rocky coves surrounding the pebbled beach that are perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving. You can also head out onto the water by renting a kayak here. At the southern end of the beach, you’ll find the ruins of an ancient military fortress.
If you’re going to rise up off the sun lounger for one site in Crete, then make sure it’s the palace of Knossos. The ruins here date back almost 4,000 years; to a time of myths and legends. Folklore suggests that the fearsome Minotaur monster lurked in the labyrinth at Knossos. You probably won’t spot it as you wander around the ruins, but a guide will lead you around the palace’s highlights.
Found just a few minutes inland from Amoudara, Almyros Gorge is a top nature spot for hikers. Best of all, it’s relatively unspoilt, with few holidaymakers or locals venturing here. As you walk through the vegetation along the trail, you’ll come across monasteries, old churches and several waterfalls.
Amoudara is very much watersports country and windsurfing is one of the best activities to try here. The sea breezes that ripple along Crete’s northern coast make for ideal conditions, particularly in July and August. There’s a windsurfing school at the western end of the beach if you’re feeling brave enough to give it a go. If you feel it’s better as a spectator sport, then find a sun lounger and watch surfers navigating the waves.
Beaches in Amoudara
There’s no need to worry about finding a spot to work on your tan in Amoudara. The three-mile-long beach in Amoudara provides plenty of room to relax. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire everywhere. When you get thirsty, then just head to one of the coastal bars or restaurants and refresh yourself with a glass of Mythos beer.
If you’re looking to stick to familiar grub on your holiday in Amoudara, then you’re in luck. There’s plenty of snack bars selling burgers, pizzas and chips. Greek classics such as Greek salad and kebabs are also everywhere. But you can also sample some of the tasty treats that are native to Crete. The local cheese pies are particularly delicious. The small handmade pastry delights are filled with the cheese and then topped off with a drizzle of honey. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, then you can wash one down with a glass of the local raki spirit. It’s not for the faint of heart!
Restaurants in Amoudara
Many of the locals in Heraklion make the journey to Amoudara for a spot of peace and quiet in the evening. It’s a great place to come for dinner and a drink while the sun sets. Most of the tavernas are found close to the beach. If you’re looking for something fancier or exotic, then head into Heraklion itself.
For a Greek getaway with a little bit of everything, Amoudara is a brilliant destination in Crete. There’s miles of rolling sands for those looking to simply relax by the sea and enjoy the sunshine. But there’s so much to do within easy reach of the resort, that there’s no chance of growing restless. Booking your holiday to Amoudara with easyJet holidays couldn’t be simpler. Best of all, you can even save on the cost of your holiday by booking a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still in two minds, then have a read of our other Crete destination guides.