Vathianos Kambos is a renowned tourist destination situated 15km east of Heraklion. It takes its name from the nearby village of Vathia. Here, the Vathianos River flows into the area, though it tends to dry up in summer. There are multiple coves nearby with golden sand and shallow waters. As the beach fronts the north, waves become high during July and August, so small piers have been built to break the waves and protect swimmers.
The most popular beach in the Heraklion region is located in the westernmost part of Vathianos Kambos (Estavromenos settlement) and goes by the name of Arina, after a local hotel. It is a long sandy beach with plenty of umbrellas and beach bars, as well as opportunities for beach sports. East of Arina, the small cove of Agii Theodori can be found, with the remains of a Minoan shipyard visible in the sea. Beyond this, there are several more coves that are hidden from the main road due to the many hotels in between, and which are partly protected by small piers. These beaches extend all the way to Kokkini Hani, and are known only to a select few.