Hiona Beach

Beach in Palekastro

Hiona Beach, 2.5km east of Palekastro, is a quiet sweep of of coarse sand and pebbles backed by clumps of tamarisk trees. It's overlooked by two excellent fish tavernas and also home to a coastal wetland that's a rest stop for migratory birds in winter and spring. Further on, archaeologists are unearthing what may well be a Minoan settlement.