Karteros - Akti Beach - Heraklion

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The beach of Karteros – “Akti” belongs to the Municipality of Heraklion and is named after the little river Karteros, which flows to the west of the beach, forming a small pond – a very important wetland with plenty of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, the particular wetland due to the intense and uncontrolled anthropogenic interventions has been seriously degraded.

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BEACH INFORMATION

Municipality of Malevizi

The Municipality of Heraklion is located on the northern coast of the prefecture of Heraklion and is the largest Municipality of Crete and one of the largest cities in Greece. Since 2010 and after the implementation of the Kallikratis program, the new Municipality of Heraklion now includes the municipalities / former municipalities of Heraklion, Paliani, Temenos, Nea Alikarnassos and Gorgolaini. The area of ​​the new Municipality is 245.12 sq. Km. and the population of 173,450 residents, according to the latest census of 2011.

The municipality of Heraklion is one of the most famous travel destinations of both Crete and Greek territory. It is well-known both for the archaeological site of Knossos (it accepts millions of tourists a year) as well as for high-quality hotel facilities, conference facilities, but also for natural beauties throughout the municipality.

Characteristics of the beach of Karteros Beach – AKTI

The beach of Karteros – “Akti” belongs to the Municipality of Heraklion and is named after the little river Karteros, which flows to the west of the beach, forming a small pond – a very important wetland with plenty of flora and fauna. Unfortunately, the particular wetland due to the intense and uncontrolled anthropogenic interventions has been seriously degraded.

The beach of Karteros – Akti has a wide coastline with fine sand and shallow waters that smooth out, making it ideal for children and families. However due to the northern winds that blow in the area it have very often waves. Along the entire beach there are various restaurants and entertainment places, while the part that is managed by the Municipality of Heraklion through DEPTAI SA is one of the most organized parts of the beach with a lifeguard and infrastructure for the whole family. The total length of the beach is about 2.5 to 3 km, while opposite the beach there is a small rocky island, which in antiquity was connected to the land, forming two small coves, since the sea level was about 3 meters lower than that is today.

The Karteros River, according to the writer Stergios Spanakis, was named after Byzantine General Krateros, who landed on the beach for the recovery of Crete by the Saracens.

In ancient times, the name of the Karteros River was called “Kairatos” or “Amnisos”, while the particular beach was suitable for the picking up of ships and a suitable shelter for the fleet of Minoan Crete according to Strabo.

East of Akti beach and about 500 meters away is a small, mainly rocky hill, the hill of Paleohora in which around of it has been discovered ruins of the ancient settlement of Amnissos.

The Lilies Mansion, located on the eastern part of the hill, which was named after the white lilies of sand found in frescoes in the ruins of the villa and which suffered major damage during the Second World War.

The mansion was located on the northern part of the hill and it is covered with rocks. This building consisted of two rooms, separated by a wall, and there was a well that was collecting groundwater and water from a source that rocked from the rock.

To the west of the hill there are the ruins of the sanctuary of Zeus Thenata, while on the west side of the hill there are ruins of a settlement of the Late Minoan era, part of which is covered by the sea.

Southeast of the Amnissos area, on the eastern sides of the Karteros River valley lays the cave of the goddess Elythethias, the goddess of birth.

Access to the beach of Karteros and more specifically to Akti is easy because it is located just below the old Heraklion – Agios Nikolaos National Road, and has a large parking area. On the old national highway there is also a bus stop of Public Transportation, with the result that access to the beach is even easier. The wider area has been particularly developed and there are hotels, apartments and restaurants.

The distance of the beach:

  • From International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis of Heraklion is about 6.1Km and an estimated journey time of about 11 minutes
  • From the Port of Heraklion 7Km and an estimated journey time of about 13 minutes.

From the Historical Centre of Heraklion (Lions Square) 11.4Km and an estimated journey time of about 21 minutes.

Beach Regulation

The beach regulation must exist at the entrance of the beach (reception) and in plastic leaflets which will be on small tables or hanging at the umbrellas.

General matters:
  • The opening hours of the beach are from 10:30 to 17:30.
  • If you have any questions ask the beach staff
  • For any complaints complete the special form at the entrance
  • To help us increase the quality of the services provided please complete the relevant questionnaire which you can find at the reception or in our website costanostrum.org or by downloading the relevant application Costa Nostrum.
  • The ashtrays, the beach chairs and the umbrellas are property of the Beach Management Body.
  • Only the guests – owners of valuable objects that may be lost, are responsible for the loss.

Hygiene and Safety, Environmental Protection and Cleanliness of the Beach

  • You should always follow the advice of the lifeguards.
  • Swim parallel to the coastline and if possible never alone.
  • It is prohibited to block the lifeguard’s corridor and the range of vision of the lifeguard.
  • The consumption of alcohol or drug is prohibited.
  • It is prohibited to throw cigarettes into the sea or on the beach.
  • It is prohibited to throw glass objects or packaging on the beach or into the sea.
  • It is prohibited to throw any object on the beach or into the sea.
  • It is prohibited to light a fire.
  • It is prohibited to use shampoo at the showers.
  • It is prohibited to use music devices that produce loud noise.
  • All your rubbish should be placed with your own responsibility into the special waste containers.
  • It is prohibited to destroy any kind of vegetation.
  • It is prohibited to walk in areas where swimmers are not allowed to enter, according to the existing prohibition signs.
  • It is prohibited to stay on the lifeguard’s tower without a relevant permission.
  • The beach staff has the right to remove from the beach persons who are in a drunken condition or under the influence of drugs or behave violently/improperly to other visitors.
  • It is prohibited to take sand.
  • Pets should be tied, wearing a muzzle and their owners should have the relevant veterinary certificates. Free circulation of pets on the beach is strictly prohibited. If the dog annoys or the owner receives any remark, it should be immediately removed.

Results of the Quality of the Sea Waters Evaluation

This paragraph includes all the measurements done by the administrator of the beach.

With the responsibility of the administrator measurements are done 5-6 times throughout the tourist season.

The quality of the sea waters also has to be measured in case of complaints about polluted water or after an accident at the beach or near the beach.

The measurements will be done by an independent certification authority.