The writer Lawrence Durrell described Myrtiotissa as "the loveliest beach in the world" and few would dissent. The beach of fine golden sand extends at the foot of a sheer cliff covered in pines and other shrubs, and is reached by way of an acutely steep concrete lane - most people park at the top, near a taverna, and walk down. The poor access keeps development at bay, and only one rustic taverna sits near the beach itself. The southern end of the beach, sheltered from view by rocks, is unofficially designated for nudists only. From the northern end, a few minute's walk takes you to a monastery, dedicated to the Virgin of the Myrtles, giving the beach its name.

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