The beaches in the municipal department of Vies (or Vatika), to the west and east of Cape Maleas are varied indeed.

The northernmost, facing west, is the relatively unknown but lovely Marathia. In the bay of Vatika, the turquoise waters of Pouda, Magano and Neratziona in fact form one long continuous sandy beach stretching for five kilometres.

Even though in the centre of town, the beach at Neapoli is clean and well-maintained to a degree that earns it a Blue Flag every year.

Behind the little port of Palaiokastro is the small protected cove of Ammitsa further south is Aspes and Rismari. Set in the striking landscape around Aghia Marina are the beaches of the Petrified Forest.

On the western side facing the Myrtoon Sea is Panayia, perfect for cooling off after a visit to the Cave of Kastania, and futher south are the beaches around Velanidia.

Finally, no one should miss the opportunity of spending a day at the world-famous sandy beach of Simos, on the island of Elafonisos.


Pounta – Viglafia
Magano – Aghios Georgios
Neratzionas – Kambos
Neapoli beach
Ammitsa – Lahi
Aspes – Aghios Nikolaos
Rismari – Aghios Nikolaos
beaches of Aghia Marina
beaches of Velanidia
Panagia – Kastania

Rismari-Aghios Nikolaos

Rismari, situated near the picturesque coastal villages of Profitis Elias and Korakas and close to the petrified forest of Korakas, is a sandy beach with shallow water.

Meals and refreshments are available at nearby tavernas.

good choice for…

Suitable for families with children, as well as for young people.


Provides protection from all but strong southerly winds.

Aghios Nikolaos near Neapoli
From Neapoli, take the road to Aghios Nikolaos. Three kilometers past Aghios Nikolaos, turn left towards Profitis Elias and Korakas. A few kilometers further on, turn right towards Korakas and drive for another 3km towards the sea. Then take the left turning towards Profitis Elias. The beach is 300 m. further on.

There is parking space above the beach. A little further along the road are the beaches of Limni and Aspes.



One of the area’s most impressive beaches lies right opposite the picturesque island of Elafonissos. Pounta stands out for its rolling sand dunes occupying the full length of the child-friendly sandy beach.

The beach borders to the south with the remnants of Pavlopetri. This prehistoric town now partly lies below sea level and can be easily explored by snorklers.

The narrow strait between the mainland and the island has long been a popular playground for windsurfers from all over the world.

good choice for…

This beach is attractive for children, nature lovers, snorklers and windsurfers.


Prefer this beach in case of north winds.

Pounta near Neapoli
Follow the signs towards Elafonissos. Turn left after the village Agios Georgios and shortly before the pier where the ferryboat to Elafononissos departs. Τhere is sufficient parking space just before the sand dunes.