Chrysi or Gaidouronisi is located 8 nautical miles south of Ierapetra and has a length of 5 km and an average width of about 1 km. The impression created on someone who visits Golden is that it is located on an exotic island. Its beaches have white and blond sand, while they are pinked by shell fragments scattered in many places. Their waters are crystal and clear with turquoise shades. Chrysi survives a large cedar tree, 350 acres, with large, impressive cedar trees. The entire island has been included in the NATURA 2000 European Nature Conservation Program and is protected by Greek law. 49 species of fossils have been found on the volcanic rocks of the island.
To visit the island, boat trips take place daily from Ierapetra, from mid-May to the end of October. The trip takes less than 1 hour. The boat will leave you at the port on the southern coast of the island, at Vougiou Mati.
Right next to you will find the South Beach, which has blond sand and shallow, crystal clear waters. In it you will find, besides umbrellas, several cedar trees to relax in their shade. From the South Beach, a trail runs through the sand dunes and crosses the island, leading to the beaches of Belegrina, Chatzivolakas and Kataprosopo.
A 5-minute walk from South Beach and the port of the island, Belegrina beach (or Golden Beach) is located. It is the most popular beach of Chryssi and is located on the northern coast of the island. It is a beautiful beach with white sand, broken shells and shallow, blue-green, crystal clear waters. The image resembles an exotic beach. Here you will find some umbrellas as well as a canteen.