Nestled in the remote and picturesque Asteroussia Mountains, 58km south of Heraklion, lies one of the most beautiful and serene beaches in Crete, the majestic black beach of Aspes. Located 4km east of Tris Ekklisies, Aspes is characterized by its dark-colored sand, almost vertical high cliffs and beautiful caves with orthogonal sides, as if they have been chiseled. The vivid turquoise waters provide a stunning backdrop, making it one of the most scenic beaches of Crete. With activities such as swimming and fishing, Aspes is an ideal spot for a peaceful getaway.
Access to the beach is only possible by boat, with the nearest harbor located in Treis Ekklisies or Tsoutsouras. Once on the beach, visitors can take advantage of its seclusion and relax in the peaceful atmosphere. They can also explore the tall rocks in the west end of the beach, reminiscent of Obelix’s menhirs. Additionally, it is worth having a spoon with to collect salt from the natural salt pans formed on the rocks at the side of the beach. Aspes in Greek means mountain collapse, due to the sliding cliffs of the area.