Kalamokanias beach is located 22km east of Ierapetra, on the west side of Makri Gialos settlement, southeast Crete. It is located on the west side of the hill that rises behind the harbor area. It takes its name after the migratory bird stilt (Himantopus himantopus) that has red legs and body reminding of a miniature stork and stops in the local streams. The crystal clear waters offer ample opportunity even for snorkeling, and have been awarded the “blue flag of the European Union”.

There are a few trees for shade, but also a few umbrellas you could use from a small taverna nearby.  The sea is crystal clear, the sand clean, thick, and with some pebbles. The whole cove is lovely, and is right next to a more busy long bay on the left side (east), were the village of Makrigialos lays, the Makrigialos main beach. Over there, there is plenty of people and hotels and bars and restaurants, and all the action you need, if you actually want it. Just 300m away… A small nice coastal-walk, and you are there in 10 minutes! Alternatively you can take a slow walk over the Headland for a spectacular view of Makrigialos, the surrounding mountains and down in the Harbour which is the west end of the main Makrigialos Beach.

Even in July you have the feeling that its your private bay! There were 2-3 lovely tavernas close by.  There are reviews and reputations from various visitors writing that they are good and inexpensive, Greek with international food, with friendly people working there!