Located just below the main road connecting Ierapetra to Makrygialos, Mponta (or Grias Pidima) is a relatively secluded beach, compared to other beaches in the nearby area, at a distance of just 900 meters west of Villa SouthCrete. “Mponta” (GR: μπόντα) is a forgotten word of the Cretan dialect and means small river or stream. On the other hand, the beach’s second name “Grias Pidima” means the Old lady’s jump and refers to a local tradition
“Mponta” is a forgotten word of the Cretan dialect and means small river or stream. On the other hand, the beach’s second name “Grias Pidima” (GR: γριάς πήδημα) means the Old lady’s jump and refers to a local tradition, that once an elder woman jumped from the cliffs, so that she would not being caught alive by the Turks occupying the region.
Access by car is easy as there is a small parking space next to the road, which cannot however facilitate more than 5 or 6 cars. In order to get to the beach, you will need to walk a 30-meter long pathway which is however quite steep and slippery and therefore wearing closed athletic shoes is recommended.
The beach itself is beautiful, with coarse dark pebble and green-blue water. Huge rocks are randomly scattered half submerged across the beach, offering both privacy and shelter from the hot sun. Sea surface is in general calm as the beach is well protected by the strong wind thanks to the nearby mountains.
The place is ideal for those seeking tranquility away from the crowds either for the whole day or just for a couple of hours. As there is not a tavern or a canteen nearby, one should carry all necessary provisions such as cold water, beverages and snacks.