Skaleta, a picturesque and historical settlement, stretches on the
shores of the Cretan Sea
about 12 kilometres east of the town
and 67 km west of Heraklion
The harbour, which was in use during the second Byzantine period,
the churches of Zoodochou Pighis (live-giving spring) and of St. Nicholas, as
well as archaeological finds in the environment testify the existence of a period
that has been forgotten during the course of the centuries.
Skaleta’s large, sandy beach, which is sometimes caressed, at
other times fiercely beaten by the sea, is surrounded by low hills, from the top
of which a spectacular view is offered to the visitor, especially at sunset. This
beach is one of the last hatching places of the caretta-caretta turtle. Also,
the seal monachus-monachus, which until recently was in danger of extinction,
had found a place of refuge here.
The rocky part of the coastal area boasts a number of caves, the Poseidon
cave being the most important among them, to which access is possible from the
sea only. Inside, bizarre formations of stalactites and stalagmites, reflecting
the whole spectrum of colours, indeed display a "divine picture". At
the entrance of the Poseidon cave, a huge stalgmite in the shape of a lion seems
to watch over the enormous cave. Next to it, a peculiar accumulation of rocks
could have been the "gate of the nymphs", under which the mermaids prepared
themselves before they entered the cave of the great god of the seas.
The historical and mythological background of the village of Skaleta
as well as the beauty of the landscape make this resort particularly attractive
to the visitor who wishes to pass agreeable holidays on this island.
Luxurious hotel units, travel agencies, which offer organized excursions
to all parts of the island, trips around the village and its vicinity on a picturesque
train, car and motorbike rentals, jeweler's and souvenir shops, super-markets,
tavernas and cafes, all these give evidence of the development and the infra-structure
achieved in this area in the field of tourism.
In 1997, the blue flag for clean beaches and sea water was awarded
to Skaleta, which proves that the area is clean and free of pollution.
Picturesque villages in the vicinity such as Prinos
, and Stavromenos
as well as the monastery
invite the visitor for walks and give him the opportunity to get
to know the locals.
This text is cited February 2004 from the Scaleta
Cultural Society tourist pamphlet.
Type of location: Beach, Beaches under Ministry of Environment Inspection, Blue Flag 2007, Blue Flag 2002, Blue Flag 2008, Blue Flag 2009, Blue Flag 2011, Blue Flag 2012, Blue Flag 2013, Blue Flag 2014, Blue Flag 2015, Blue Flag 2016, Blue Flag 2017, Blue Flag 2018, Blue Flag 2019
Postal Code: 74100
Tel +30 28310
Altitude: 40 meters
Longitude: 24o 36' 31.33" E
Latitude: 35o 23' 22.96" N