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|The village of Tsoutsouros and Tsoutsouros Beach on Crete|
Located 65 km from Heraklion, on the south coast of Crete lies a secret: the small village of Tsoutsouros. The village can be reached from the capital following the route Heraklion - Peza - Arkalochori - Skinias - Kato Kastelliana - Tsoutsouros. The village of Tsoutsouros is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Inatos, which used to be the harbour of the city of Priansos (near Kastelliana, north of it, at 12 kilometers distance). Remains of Greek and Roman times have been unearthed, but nowadays nothing much of its ruins can be seen. Excavations have stopped and many objects have been stolen and sold abroad. We didn't see any trace of the ancient city of Inatos. In a nearby cave some statuettes were found that are now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion.
Mainly a fishing / farming community of about 100 permanent residents, Tsoutsouros can be reached after a long and winding, but mostly spectacularly beautiful road through the mountains. Tsoutsouros has a very large and mostly sandy beach with plenty of privacy (only in the beginning of the beach, near the small fishing harbour it is mostly pebbles). A few beach chairs and umbrellas were spotted in 2015, but the main part of the beach has stayed unspoiled. The long beach ends in a lagune with another small beach. Here on the hills there is a forest of the rare white beach lilies. Just around the corner from the harbour you find yet another quite large and sandy beach. People that are going to explore the surroundings will find more small and secluded beaches. East of Tsoutsouros there are a couple that can be reached on foot.
Tsoutsouros is the heaven in the municipality of Arkalohori to the south of Heraklion. An unexpectedly picturesque and exquisite place with sparklingly clean sea and a big sand beaches. Not so well known by the tourists, but popular with the Cretans themselves you might find yourself on a beautiful and completely empty beach during the weekdays (like we did). As there was nobody there we had the opportunity to swim in the nude both times we visited Tsoutsouros:). We just walked to the end of the large beach, next to the lagune, where you are out of sight from everybody. It is also easy here to go into the sea, since there are usually no hight waves and the water is shallow.
Most of the houses in Tsoutsouros are built along the coastal street, just by the long sandy beach. While most houses are new there are still some of them preserving the old traditional character, especially at the center of the village. A lot of the houses are covered with bougainville and other kinds of flowers. There are plenty of taverns and supermarkets, but out of high season a lot of them are closed. On the beach there are no beach chairs and umbrella's (yet), but you will find a couple of showers to wash off the salt from the sea (see update 2015: just a few beach chairs - see at the bottom of the page the movie of the beach that I made in the beginning of 2015, at the bottom of this page). Tsoutsouros really stole my heart: one of the best places in Crete.
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|Apollon - Tsoutsouros|
This is where we have stayed in 2017, the Apollon Studios in Tsoutsouros. They are located right on the beach (at one of the few parts of Tsoutsouros where there are also some sunbeds and umbrellas). We have had a good time here and are planning to return in 2018 and then stay for a little longer. The studios are simply furnished but they are large and clean, and if you're on the front you have a wonderful view. It is in a very quiet location. For the price you do not have to leave it because it's really cheap. Below is the Apollon Tavern (quiet!), and here you can also eat good and very cheap food (for example, we ordered fish and got a plate with 4 medium sized fishes for five euros).
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located in Tsoutsouros in the Crete Region, 42 km from Heraklio Town, Apollon boasts a sun terrace and views of the sea. Hersonissos is 38 km from the property. Free WiFi is provided . All units have a TV. All units include a kitchenette fitted with a fridge and stovetop. There is a private bathroom with a bath or shower in every unit. Towels and bed linen are offered. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and restaurant. The property also offers packed lunches. Agios Nikolaos is 45 km from Apollon, while Malia is 37 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 40 km from the property. Couples particularly like the location - they rated it 8.4 for a two-person trip. This property is also rated for the best value in Tsoutsouros! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
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|Lyttos Apartments & Studios - Tsoutsouros|
Offering unobstructed views over the Libyan Sea, Lyttos is a self-catering accommodation located in Tsoutsouros Village. Free WiFi access is available. The studios and apartments will provide you with air conditioning, and a kitchenette with a mini oven and fridge. There is also a TV, and a bathroom with a shower. At Lyttos you will find barbecue facilities. We speak your language!
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|Edelweiss - Tsoutsouros|
Situated right on the beach of Tsoutsouros, Edelweiss features a snack bar. It offers air-conditioned studios overlooking the Libyan Sea or the mountains. A kitchenette with cooking facilities and fridge is included in all studios at the Edelweiss. Each has a TV and a private bathroom with toiletries. Breakfast is served in the dining area. Coffee, drinks and ice creams are served at the snack bar until late in the evening. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available on the beach. Free Wi-Fi access is possible in public areas. Restaurants and cafes are within a 3-minute walk. Heraklion is a 40-minute drive away. We speak your language!
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|Triton Hotel - Tsoutsouros|
The beachfront Triton Hotel is just 10 metres from Tsoutsouros Beach. It boasts a seaside cafe-bar, free Wi-Fi in public areas and air-conditioned rooms overlooking the mountain or Libyan Sea. Tastefully decorated, all the guestrooms at Triton are soundproof. Each includes a TV and mini fridge. A hairdryer can be found in the private bathroom.
The hotel features an a la carte restaurant. The cafe-bar offers snacks, drinks, coffee and unlimited sea views from its terrace. A Continental breakfast is served daily. A variety of cafes, minimarkets and taverns serving fresh fish are located close to Triton Hotel. It is 55 km from Heraklion International Airport and the city of Heraklion. Free private parking is located on site. We speak your language!
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|Zorba's - Tsoutsouros|
Zorba's is located on the seafront, a little bit at the end (east). We have actually just ordered a cappuccino. This was very nice, large cup of coffee, warm, with whipped milk and a it was served with a bottle of water. Just exactly as you want it. The service was also very friendly. In 2017 we were back and we also had dinner here. We ordered the sardines and the goat in the oven. The sardines were very good, the goat could have been more tender. The French fries and the Greek salad were okay. Service was still wonderful and friendly.
Our verdict: an 8,5 out of 10
|Inatos - Tsoutsouros|
Inatos is situated near the harbour in Tsoutsouros. Here we had breakfast (8 euro per person 2017). One of the things served was an omelette. De coffee was good and the bread was fresh.
Our verdict: a 7,5 out of 10
|Michalis taverna - Tsoutsouros|
This tavern is also located in the harbor of Tsoutsouros. We order the Greek salad, a crepe with bananas and chocolate, a pita giros with chicken and fries and a fresh orange juice. The portions are big, the food is tasty and the service is very friendly.
Our verdict: an 8 out of 10
|Apollon taverna - Tsoutsouros|
This tavern is located at the western beach of Tsoutsouros at the wonderful accommodation where we also stayed a couple of days. We ordered the tzatziki, a fish plate, a Greek salad and French fries. All dishes taste very good, especially the fish (and really cheap, only 5 euro in 2017). The fries are crispy and the wine is good as well. The owners are extremely hospitable and friendly.
Our verdict: an 8,5 out of 10
|Mouratis Restaurant - Tsoutsouros|
Mouratis Taverna in Tsoutsouros, in the south of the island of Crete, is situated at the beach. We once stayed overnight here, because on top of the taverna they rent out some very nice apartments. There is a small menu here with simple food and the view is off course to die for. Normally we pick something like and omelette special (with ham, French fries, tomato and paprika), a Greek salad (tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, paprika, fresh herbs and olives). The food is good and inexpensive. On the other hand the bread is not always fresh and there is no good coffee (just nescafé).
Our verdict: an 8 out of 10