The beach of Agia Fotia is, I think, one nicest beaches on southeast coast of Crete.
It’s a perfect place for a relaxing beach day, or to go to cool down after visiting one of the mountain-villages or gorges in the area.
Agia Fotia is a little bay at the mouth of a small stream with tamarisk and plane trees, surrounded by high cliffs.
The village takes its name from the local church Agia Fotini (or Agia Fotia). The beach has grayish sand, clear, calm waters (perfect for snorkling) and sunbeds with umbrellas (for hire, in summer 6 euros for 2 beds) on one side and free beach on the other.
There are some tavernas and a beach bar for a nice coffee before the lazying or a cool drink after. At the eastern end of the beach is a spring on the rocks with fresh water.
I’ve been there in all seasons, and even in winter it’s a very nice place to have a picnic and relax. In high summer it can be a little crowded, mostly in the weekends, but outside of those times, it’s just perfect.
How to get there:
Coming from Ierapetra drive past Ferma. The road makes a sharp turn left and down and then up again. At the top there is a little road to the beach. If you are lucky you can park in front of the beach. Otherwise park somewhere along the little road.