Nestled in the north-western corner of Crete, 21km from Heraklion and 1km east of Agia Pelagia lies the beautiful bay of Ligaria. The area gets its name from the flexible stems and beautiful flowers of the ‘osier’ plant, which is abundant in the region. The beach itself is composed of coarse sand and turquoise waters, with the small boats creating a magical scenery. The east side of the beach is less protected from the waves, while the west side has cleaner, flatter waters with smooth rocks near the shore. It is well-organised with umbrellas, sunbeds, water sports, a diving school, beach bars, restaurants and rooms. It is a popular spot amongst locals, especially on weekends, making it difficult to find parking. If you follow the path that ascends from the west end of the beach and goes northeast, you will reach the top of the cape that protects Ligaria. Here, beside the cape lies the secret Parasfougario beach, with its sand and pebbles, but exposed to the wind. Access to this beach is not allowed as it is private property.