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Sun and fun on the Cretan coast

Park yourself on Amoudara’s famously long beach and you’ll feel miles away from city life. Yet just 20 minutes in a taxi later you could be sampling Heraklion’s famous nightlife, or exploring the ruins of mythical King Minos’ Bronze Age palace. It’s safe to say holidays in Amoudara have got the blend of rest and relaxation just right.

A popular but laid-back beach destination on the island’s northern shores, Amoudara boasts a five-kilometre swathe of uninterrupted sand. It’s the longest beach in the region and the place to be if you’re after a little fun in the sun. From kitesurfing to stand-up paddle boarding and excursions by boat, you can try out just about any water-based activity imaginable. But it’s not the only natural delight that the area has in store. The vast Almirou Potamou-Keris national park – with its stunning lake, gorge, and hundreds of spectacular mountain trails – is also right on your doorstep.

Your Amoudara questions, answered

Amoudara is well located for exploring the island, so make the most of it by renting your own car – there are various hire companies available.

Just a short distance from Amoudara, the vast Almirou Potamou-Keris national park offers plenty of excellent hiking and sightseeing – including a beautiful lake and gorge.

There are plenty of shopping options, both here and in Heraklion. Shopping in Amoudara ranges from supermarkets and bakeries to stores selling clothes, jewellery and local produce.

Best things to do in Amoudara

Explore the Bronze Age

A place of legend, the remains of the Palace of Knossos, built during the Minoan period, are an incredible sight and just a 20-minute drive from Amoudara.

Party in Heraklion

Crete’s nearby capital has a thriving nightlife scene, with bars and clubs to suit all tastes. So join in and get dancing – it’s just a 15-minute cab ride away.

Take to the water

Embrace the activities at Amoudara’s long, sandy beach by trying your hand at water sports. There are opportunities for jet-skiing, paragliding and much more, including child-friendly options.


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