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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 Kasteliana - 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 Kasteliana, 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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|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 cafés 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 café-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 à la carte restaurant. The café-bar offers snacks, drinks, coffee and unlimited sea views from its terrace. A Continental breakfast is served daily. A variety of cafés, 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.
Our verdict: a 9,5 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, fêta 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