Chrisi island amongst 10 gorgeous Mediterranean islands you’ve never heard of

This former pirate island with palm trees, sand dunes and emerald waters lies south of Crete in the Libyan sea.

There’s a dense Lebanon cedar forest, a medieval chapel, Minoan ruins and Roman graves.

Visitors can cross it barefoot, but staying the night is prohibited — camping and campfires are forbidden.

The atoll has one small tavern and a bar on Belegrina beach.

Belegrina, also known as “Golden beach,” is covered in broken shells, coral and fossils that the Byzantines used to make a scarlet dye for coloring the cloaks of Europe’s royalty.

Getting there: A ferry links Chrisi to Lerapetra on Crete’s southern coast, reachable by car from the Cretan capital, Heraklion.

Staying there: Cretan Villa Hotel overlooks the isle.


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