Best Beaches in Greece
Belegrina beach Chrissi Island - Crete25-04-2013 17:29Chrissi is an uninhabited island so you may access its beaches via boat from Ierapetra town in southern Crete. The boat ride takes one hour exactly and costs approximately 25-30 euro. You can buy tickets at the little kiosks at the dock. There are several boats that visit Chrissi and depart 10:30 and 12:30. You have to catch the same boat back either at 4:00 or 6:00 pm. The boats dock at the south end of the island at Vougiou Mati, near the Fragou Mnima beach. To reach Belegrina beach, walk the foot path found at the left of the tavern, and walk ten minutes north through the Κedros forest. I saw just about everyone walking the sandy path on flip-flops, but comfortable atheltic shoes might make the trek more comfortable.
For an "uninhabited" island, Chrissi offers a surprising array of amenities. There is a prominent tavern right at the dock in Fragou Mnima, another tavern at the east end of Belegrina beach at the foot of Kefala hill, and two kiosks at the centre of the same beach that offer cold drinks, alcohol, and ice cream!
There are none hotels or rooms for rent on Chrissi, The Island is a host to several species of endemic plants and animals that are rare and protected by international treaties according to every brochure you read. But this does not deter the multitude of free-campers that pitch their tents and make-shift shelters under every other tree (using them to tie their ropes).
The main beach of Chrissi, Belegrina included, is lined with straw umbrellas and sun beds. If you don't want to pay the high fee for them, you should bring your own umbrella since there is a space around the organized rows to pitch your own. If you plan to find shade under the threes that line the beach, keep in mind that most are already taken by free-campers, and the rest would never be enough for the thousand day-trippers who arrive at the same time every day. Even if you are lucky enough to find a tree, most likely you will find yourself one or two hundred meters away from the water.
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