Karteros beach is located 7 km east of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Heraklion Airport is located less than one kilometre away.
Karteros is a 1 km long beach, which is named after the Byzantine general Krateros, who landed his ships here in 824 to free Crete from the Saracens.
In several places, the bright sand is mixed with rocks of various sizes, particularly along the waterline, and the first couple of metres into the very clear water.
Karteros is one of the favourite beaches of the people in Heraklion, especially the young people. They meet here to bask in the sun and the water and listen to the music coming from one of the beach cafés. In addition to sun lounges and sunshades, facilities also include showers and toilets. There are parking spaces right next to the beach.
Those, who would like a quiet day at the beach, can choose the neighbouring beach Amnissos, which is an extension of Karteros.
The sand is good to play in, but the rocks along the waterline and the first few metres into the water makes the beach less suitable for children.
No water sports activities.
At the main beach, there are 2-3 large beach cafés serving food and refreshments. One of them plays rather loud music, and the young people get together here.
Karteros holiday resort
Karteros is a very small town, located a bit away from the beach. There are no hotels by the beach, but there are a few in the hinterland, such as Hotel Karteros.
The closest holiday villages are Vathianos Kambos and Kokkini Hani, which are both a few kilometres east. However, most guests on Karteros arrive from Heraklion, from there is a bus connection with several departures during the day.
Those that want some more action can visit Watercity Waterpark, which is only 8 km from Karteros beach. It is the largest waterpark on Crete, and there are water slides and activities for the whole family.
In the bay east of Heraklion, there are four beaches in connection to each other. The largest is Karteros, followed in an eastern direction by Xenia, Amnissos and Tobruk.