Achlia is not a resort in the true sense of the word; it is more a loose grouping of hotels and pensions. Like other resorts in the area, Achlia can be characterized mainly by its peace and beautiful surroundings. The whole coast in the area is rocky, yet with beautiful sandy beaches here and there. The entry into the water in Achlia is usually gentle, with the beaches bordered by rocks forming beautiful environment for (sun)bathing.
What to do in Achlia?
Achlia doesn’t offer too much fun and excitement, but rather peace, comfort and hospitality. Besides that, Achlia is a perfect point of departure for those who want to know the beauties of south Crete. There is nothing more beautiful than to come back after an all-day trip, sit on the terrace of a taverna, and savour the silence, peace and the murmuring sea.
Achlia is located on the south-east coast of Crete approximately between Ierapetra and Makrigialos, on the main coast road, and it is very well accessible both by car and public transport. In the direction of Ierapetra, you can make a trip e.g. to Agios Nikolaos or Lasithi, in the direction of Makrigialos, you can go for a trip to Xerokambos, Vai or Itanos. The famous Minoan palace in Kato Zakros is about 50 km far.
If you find Achlia interesting but you would also like to enjoy some social entertainment, you can go to the 15 km distant Ierapetra (the bus stop is located in the town centre).
Achlia is also suitable for families with children, and so once you are there, you should definitely go to the island of Chrissi, with the boats departing from Ierapetra.
How to travel on Achlia?
Achlia is small and so the offer of car rental is also quite limited - especially during July and August, everything can be rented out. So, if you are planning to travel and know the beauties of south-east Crete, we recommend you to arrange a car rental in advance.
Where else to go on Crete?
Some of the most visited resorts on Crete are: Adelianos Kampos, Agia Fotia, Agia Galini, Agia Marina, Agia Pelagia, Agios Nikolaos, Achlia, Amoudara (West of Heraklion), Analipsi, Anissaras, Bali, Damnoni, Erimoupoli, Ferma, Fodele, Galini, Georgioupolis, Gouves (Kato Gouves), Heraklion, Hersonissos, Chania, Ierapetra, Kavros, Elounda, Kalamaki, Kissamos, Kokkini Hani, Kolymbari, Lygaria, Makrigialos, Maleme, Malia, Matala, Mirtos, Missiria, Paleochora, Panormos, Perivolia, Pigianos Kambos, Plakias, Platanias (Chania), Rapaniana, Rethymno, Sissi, Skaleta, Stalida - Stalis, Stalos, Stavromenos and Stavros,