Agia Pelagia is a small town near the coast which is known for the lovely beach and picturesque village. In Agia you will be impressed by the beautiful white buildings and the rare landscape of unspoilt Cretan nature. Agia Pelagia only started developping as a touristic destination in 1965. The beach of Agia Pelagia is a large deep cove, surrounded by smaller coves, Ligaria on the east and Mononaftis on the west.
Agia Pelagia is located 20km west of Heraklion, the capital of Crete. There are daily buses from Heraklion but no night bus service, which means if you plan to visit Heraklion and stay out late you will need to return by taxi if you haven't hired a car or scooter.
Most hotels in the area were built far from the sea, therefore you will probably need to rent a scooter or car in order to get to the sea from the commercial centre of Agia Pelagia and explore nearby beaches. However, nowadays the buildings around the shore have increased in numbers and you can find many restaurants and cafes in a close distance.
The central beach of Agia Pelagia is an ideal place to do water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving. In the area of Agia pelagia you can explore more beaches such as the Ligaria beach, which is sandy with parasols and you can find tavernas. The Psaromoura and Mononaftis are two small and attractive beaches that are not protected by north winds.
In Agia pelagia you can find shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, tourist office and car/scooter/ATV rentals. Do not forget to try local products.
Try the tavernas in Agia Pelagia and the nearby beaches to taste traditional Cretan and Greek Cuisine.
In Agia pelagia you will not find intense nightlife but you can find cosy and pleasant cafes and bars to enjoy some drinks.