Agathias is a beautiful small traditional village, one kilometer east of Palekastro and 20km far from Sitia, in the north east of the island of Crete. It is situated on the slopes of Petsofas Mt, not far from and with panoramic view to the famous Kouremenos and Chiona Beaches and it is 7km far from the unique Palm Beach Vai. In the area there are several other attractions to be found, like for instance the archaeological site of Rousolakos. Some of the beaches are popular with windsurfers (Kouremenos, Tenda). Agathias consists mainly of small old white washed-stonebuild traditional houses and one of the cutest building in the village is (as you might have guessed) the church. From here there are views over the fertile Kambos plane in front of the village, the sea and Grandes Island opposite Chiona Beach.
Somehow this part of Crete is completely untouched by tourism and commercial activities and it is still possible to find a quiet spot on one of the nearby beaches, even though the so popular Palmbeach of Vai is not far away. There is not much traffic or crowds and life seems to be easy here. The nearby beach of Kouremenos for instance is two kilometer long and quiet, and it has plenty of space for everybody even in high season period. You can drive also to the beaches of Itanos or Ermoupolis, which are situated just 2km above Vai Palm Beach. Here you find the remains of a Minoan town, a hellenistic church and a sometimes naturist beach with some palms.
The closest beach for Agatias is Chiona Beach, which is situated about 700m east of the village. The main beach of Chiona is about 300 meters long. It is sandy and it slopes gently into the sea, making it a good spot for families with small children. If you walk a bit south over a path that leads along the coast, you can find more secluded smaller bays with picturesque hidden sandy beaches (i.e. Bodalaki Beach), which offer more privacy.
If you walk the unpaved road from the east end of Agathias, you come along a turn to the right after about 200 meters with a sign that says “Peak Sanctuary”. This 3 kilometer long path leads up to the peak of Petsofas. This was once the site of a Minoan sanctuary and once you’re up on the top you have a panorama view of the whole Agathias-Palekastro-Kouremenos area.
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