100) is a small village on the south coast of Crete. Its
inhabitants benefit from tourism, though the village
itself remains largely undiscovered by the tourist
industry. There are a handful of tavernas spread along the
beach. Some have a small menu; others let you look through
their kitchen. The village’s beach is very inviting, and
camping is tolerated. Along with
Sougia, Lendas is one of
the few bastions of the old style of hippy life on Crete –
you can find people who stay for months sleeping on the
A short walk will take you from Lendas to the nudist
Dykitos Beach. The archeological site of Lebena is also
nearby, which was a thermal spring during Roman times.
You can rent basic rooms in many places in Lendas. A good,
cheap option is Eva’s Rooms in the centre (€25). There’s a
small, basic shop, but you won’t find a post office, ATM
or bank; so make sure you have enough money!
Lendas is an ideal destination for those seeking a
tranquil retreat away from the touristic excesses along
the north coast resorts. If you’re looking for luxury,
Lendas is not for you. The main activities here revolve
around camp fires, acoustic guitars and beach parties.
Those who seek that kind of holiday will probably find
Lendas the best place to be on Crete.
There’s one bus daily to Lendas from
Iraklio. The one road
from Mires to Lendas is a spectacular one, but long and
difficult to navigate. There’s also a coastal track to Platia Peramata, which can be used by normal cars in