Our own piece of Paradise, the Blue Flag* Pissouri beach runs the full 1.5 km length of Pissouri bay, with crystal clear waters and a sand and pebble beach about 90 meters wide. It runs from Cape Aspro Point at the western end to the “Black Rock” headlands at the eastern end. The waters at the western end are reasonably shallow, but the central and eastern waters are deep with a steep drop- off, which allows mooring for vessels of all sizes. Within easy reach of the beach is a resort, hotel and the numerous excellent tavernas, restaurants, cafes, and businesses of Pissouri Bay. The beach has access ramps for wheelchair access.
There are several watersport facilities on the beach providing numerous activities from para-gliding, to water-skiing, to sailing, and water-craft, as well as a launching ramp for personal craft. The bay has a well-marked, protected bathing area running most of the length of the beach. Being a deep-water bay, Pissouri Beach offers cool, refreshing waters in the heat of summer.
There is a lifeguard on duty during the summer months.
The beach is also a nesting beach for turtles and there is no feeling like seeing these magnificent creatures beginning their new lives. All visitors are asked to respect the nests that are well-marked and managed by a local conservation group, and to keep a good distance from the nest and the youngsters as they begin their incredible journey.
* Pissouri beach is awarded the Blue Flag, an exclusive eco-label awarded to beaches with high water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services.
Article and some photos by David Meaden-Kendrick.