Kokkinos Pyrgos Beach (Tympaki Beach)
Kokkinos Pyrgos is located near Tympaki, the main port of this region which is about halfway along Crete’s south coast. The name means “Red Tower”, and it comes from the reddish soil that is found at the mouth of the Geropotamos River.
The beach is large with sand and beautiful clear blue waters. The northern end of the beach, close to the harbour, is filled with activity, and you can find parasols, loungers, and plenty of water sports. There are bars and restaurants, and this area caters to tourists, so you will find all of the conveniences. From time to time, the west winds can pick up here and this fairly exposed beach can become a little choppy and windy.
The beach is wide in areas, and it narrows as you travel to the rocky areas. At high tides the sea can come in and cover the rocks, and this area is completely remote and free of lounge chairs, parasols, or anything else. If you are lucky you can sea loggerhead sea turtles that lay eggs here in the summer, but keep a distance as they are a protected species.
You can have the best of both worlds at Kokkinos Pyrgos - you can enjoy the active end of the beach or wander off if you want time to soak in the sun and enjoy the scenery of this location.
Also known as:
- Kite surfing
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