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Tholos Beach
Category: Beach
Prefecture: Lassithi
Address: Kavoussi
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Tholos Beach

29 km easternly of Agios Nikolaos City. One pleasant surprise of the prefecture of Lasithi is the beach Tholos. In the coastal street of Agios Nikolaos-Sitia you take a left turn in the plates as soon as you reach Kavousi village. In the end of a winding way through olive grove this tropical beach is found. 

Tholos is the beach of Kavousi and is usually quiet in the afternoon. The green waters and the olive grove that reaches up to the sand make this beach a destination for those who explore eastern Crete. The beach is nice, mostly with pebbles and sandy at the west end. There are some tamarisk trees near the beach, where you can find shade.


Apart from the taverns and restaurants at Pachia Ammos and the settlement of Kavoussi, there are also two fish taverns at the beach, where you may find fresh fish and seafood, drinks and refreshments. The beach offers some facilities for swimming and sunbathing (sunbeds and umbrellas), but, of course, the best shade is that of the tamarisk trees. The left end of the beach is better protected from the winds and the beach is sandy there.

Also, accommodation in hotels and rooms to let is possible and at the nearby village-resort of Pachia Ammos (some 8,5 kilometers far away, at the South). Together with a small church and one more house this is about all the buildings that you can find here.  A little bit past the main beach is another smaller hidden beach that is used by naturists.

Also at the beach of Tholos you may see ruins of the Roman period, whereas an Early Minoan settlement is found on the small islet of Psira, opposite to the beach. The fans of natural sightseeing should visit the Messona gorge or the impressive Kavoussi gorge and the cave Theriospilio, with interesting stalagmites.

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The Tholos Granary
The Tholos Granary 2632 hits

Intensive archaiological survey has shown that the Tholos warehouse probably served as a granary of horreum from which Rome received shipments of its grain supplies. The port of Tholos has had a long history of occupation and use as a commercial harbor and transshipment point, from the Middle Bronze age (ca. 2000 BC) untill the Roman period (1st c. BC-6th c. AD). Especially during the 1st and 2nd c. AD, Tholos held a prominent position in wider intra-Mediterranean trade. The warehouse, elaborate in architecture and imposing in size, measures 55.70m long (N-S) and 9.60m wide (E-W). Of brick and concrete construction, it had a vaulted roof, plaster floor, and ten substantial buttresses on the east side. The port of tholos and this warehouse served as a transshipment point for boats carrying grain between Alexandria Egypt and Rome. Grain and other products, some stored in amphorae, would be unloaded in Tholos, stored for a time in the warehouse, and then shipped by carts across the isthmus of Ierapetra to cargo vessels waiting in the harbors of Hierapytna.