Myrtos – Beach of Myrtos
Myrtos is one of the jewels of Crete – a quaint seaside village in the southeast coast of Crete, near Ierapetra, in the regional unit of Lassithi. Myrtos and 4 other villages in the area constitute a municipal unit, with Myrtos being its capital. There are about 500 inhabitants (according to the 2001 census), most of whom are farmers, something that is obvious from the great number of greenhouses in the area.
In the summer, a lot of tourists visit the village of Myrtos, as they can easily find hostels, family hotels, restaurants, taverns, café-bars, supermarkets and a gas station. Unfortunately, there is no chemist’s, bank or an ATM, but Ierapetra, where you can find anything you wish, is not too far away. You can reach Ierapetra either by car or by bus –there is bus service every couple of hours.
The beach in Myrtos
In Myrtos there is one of the best beaches in the area, with grey sand and crystal clear waters - it is absolutely worth taking a dive and enjoying the blue sea there. A very important advantage is that etesian and strong north winds, which frequently prevail in other southern regions of Crete, especially near Ierapetra, do not affect the area.The main beach in Myrtos is right in front of the numerous taverns and cafés and extends to the west, where it becomes wider. If you move on even more towards the west, you can find beaches where you can camp, while another excellent beach is in the village Tertsa (4 kms away). On the east side, on a parallel road to Ierapetra, there is a thick-pebbled beach with a few tamarisks. If you decide to come here, you will probably be alone, as most people prefer the much nicer beach of Myrtos.