Vathi is a stunning beach located 79km southwest of Heraklion and 17km from the village Sivas. It is close to the southernmost point of Crete, Cape Lithino and far from urban centers, making it an ideal spot for those looking for a peaceful getaway. The semi-circular bay is sheltered from the open sea, with a legend of it being used as an anchorage by pirates. The waters here are normally calm, except for strong winds coming from the southwest. The walls of the gorge are full of natural cavities due to limestone erosion from the wind and salt. Close by, you will find a few makeshift huts and old campervans built by locals from the village Gergeri.
The beach is mostly sandy, with some stones. The water is not too deep and there are tamarisk trees which offer shade. Nudism is not allowed because of the religious history of the area. To get there, you can drive on a paved road from Sivas village to the monastery of Odigitria, then take the first dirt track on your right and follow the signs to Vathi. Alternatively, you can opt for an excursion boat running to Vathi from Matala, Kokkinos Pirgos or Agia Galini.