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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A magnificent place on the south coast of Greek island of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Sea, where seat turtles of the Caretta Caretta species nest. The beach is part of a natural reserve and no sea shipping is allowed there.
Somewhat hard to reach as the asphalt road ends some 2 km before you reach it and you have to endure a rather bumpy ride down a beautiful, though a little dangerous soil road.
Once there, however, get ready for a fantastic time on the sandy beach. Mind though: you are not allowed to lie down on the sand - there might be turtle nests nearby and this is a very endangered species. Nest are marked by small labeled pyramids, made from sticks. Watch your step and try not to walk too much near them.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas set up above the beach where you can enjoy the sun and the nature around without disturbing the turtle progeny. Presumably.
No water sports are allowed there, no loud music. There are several small tavernas and bar nearby with rather reasonably-priced food and drinks. Free parking is also available.
Children can play freely but please make sure they do not disturb the nests.
Do not really expect to see any turtles - they are cautious reptiles and come to the beach only at night to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, pollution and human activities in general had limited the number of the turtles and they have difficulty reporducing - only one or two of an eight-egg nest actually hatch and of those baby turtles just a really survive to adulthood.

5  Thank BunnyLava
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

If you really wanna see the turtles and how does the nests look like and you are human with the brain in the head, you should drive down to Daphni. Take a good car, no quads or so, you will burn them. It is nice beach with the black vulcanic sand. You will for sure see the nest but make pictures from distance. You can go from beach just 5 meters to inside of the dunes.

If you swim near coast probably you will see big turtles as well. Dont touch them, they are not pets. You can scare them or hurt them and they bite back, anyway keep the rules of NMPZ.

3  Thank paokaki
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The beach is worth the drive but be prepared. The road to get to this beach is sandy, steep and like most places, does not have guardrails. Take your time when getting to this location. However, the drive is worth it. The beach is not very busy and the owners of the restaurants/taverns, let you use their sun beds for free. We didn't see any hatching turtles when were there but we did see the nests. The walk along the beach and mountains is fantastic. I recommend this nesting beach compared to the other ones in the more touristy busy areas.

4  Thank sudont
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

we were told how to get here by the owner of our holiday cottage. when we took the turn off the main road i thought he was winding us up. however, once the road has been negotiated it's a lovely destination. quiet, hardly any british about (let's face it, that's why we go on holiday) and fantastic water to swim in.

there's a bar/cafe, toilets (that work) and a very friendly little dog that wanders around.

2  Thank dan e
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