AmmoudaraGreece

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Sunbathe on golden sand, swim in warm waters and enjoy leisurely dining at this vacation hub on the north coast of a Greek island.

Ammoudara is a beach resort area with many hotels and restaurants that face the sea. Lying near the warm waters of the Gulf of Heraklion, the commune is the famous home of Olympics soccer games. The town’s name is Greek for “big sand,” which is apt for the 4.4-mile (7-kilometer) shore.

Capture photos of the Mediterranean houses that are subtly nestled into the green vegetation behind the beach. Listen to the sound of the swaying trees as you relax on a sunlounge. Umbrellas for rent are dotted along the coast, offering relief from the intense sunshine and heat.

This is an ideal spot to take the kids, because the water is shallow and has few sharp rocks. Lifeguards patrol parts of the sand, which is soft and yellow. Build castles and search with the children for intriguing vestiges carried by the waves. Swim in the warm water and then dry off in the sand within minutes. Take a class at the windsurfing school at the western end. Squint to see the outlines of mountainous islands to the north.

Discover the small coves and pebble beaches that surround the main area of Ammoudara. Explore the nearby beaches of Almiros and Istron for a variety of scenery during your Crete vacation.

Dine at one of the many restaurants serving Mediterranean delicacies and international cuisine. Tables and thatched umbrellas spill out onto the sand. Enjoy alcoholic beverages from a bar. Across the road behind the beach is a grocery store and cafés. Visit the Technopolis complex, which has a cinema and an open-air theater. Summer is the main season, but some places open year-round.

On the north coast of Crete, Ammoudara is 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) west of the town of Heraklion, which has the island’s main airport. Access the beach via one of the many points of access along the stretch of sand. Explore the architectural delights of nearby Knossos and the lively clubs of Heraklion. The stunning coastal town of Agios Nikolaos is 40 miles (64.3 kilometers) east of Ammoudara.

Top Hotels in Ammoudara

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Agapi Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Agapi Beach Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
76, Andr. Papandreou Str, Ammoudara, Gazi Heraklion, Malevizi, Crete

Located in Malevizi, this beachfront property is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ammoudara Beach, Pankritio Stadium, and Theodoros Vardinogiannis ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (322 reviews)

"We had the most amazing week here. The Hotel was lovely, the food was amazing and all the staff were really lovely."…"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Agapi Beach Resort - All Inclusive
Civitel Creta Beach
Civitel Creta Beach
4 out of 5
74, Andrea Papandreou str., Ammoudara, Malevizi, Crete Island
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$54
per night
Mar 27 - Mar 28

Located in Malevizi, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pankritio Stadium, Hania Gate, and Venetian Walls. Panayia ...

4.1/5Very Good! (119 reviews)

"Beautiful location, great food and helpful friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Civitel Creta Beach
Troulis Apartments
Troulis Apartments
3 out of 5
Kalymnou, Amoudara, Malevizi

Nestled on the beach, this Malevizi apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ammoudara Beach, Pankritio Stadium, and Theodoros Vardinogiannis Stadium. Heraklion ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Sehr sauber und freundliches Personal. Küchenausstatung eher dürftig"…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Troulis Apartments

Popular things to do in Ammoudara

Heraklion Port
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Heraklion Port

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Spend an afternoon wandering around this ancient harbor and admiring the fortress and ancient walls or take a trip to one of the nearby islands.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4.5/5(100 reviews)

One of Europe’s most important museums has five millennia of Cretan history on display, including the exceptional Minoan exhibit.

Palace of Knossos
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Palace of Knossos

4.5/5(126 reviews)

Take a tour around one of Europe’s most spectacular archaeological sites, where Greek myths have been made and great treasures discovered.

Port of Hersonissos
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Port of Hersonissos

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Hersonissos Centre with a trip to Port of Hersonissos. Stroll along the beautiful beaches in this quaint area, or check out its lively bars.

Historical Museum of Crete
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Historical Museum of Crete

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Trace the history of this ancient town through its numerous periods and discover traditional art and fascinating stories.

Koules Fortress
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Koules Fortress

4.5/5(43 reviews)

The prominent symbol of Heraklion, this imposing fortress by the harbor has protected the city for over 500 years.

Top activities in Ammoudara

Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket with Audio Tour
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Palace of Knossos: Pre-booked e-Ticket with Audio Tour

$18
Per adult
Knossos Wine & Pottery Tour 4 to 15 customers
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Knossos Wine & Pottery Tour 4 to 15 customers

$68
Per adult
Private Shore Excursion: Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum
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Private Shore Excursion: Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum

$145
Per adult
Full Day Agios Nikolaos
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Full Day Agios Nikolaos

$64
Per adult
Made In Heraklion Handmade Souvenir Shopping Tour
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Made In Heraklion Handmade Souvenir Shopping Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$95
Per adult
Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau
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Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau

100% of travellers recommend
$99
Per adult