Ligaria is located 21 km west of Heraklion and 1 km east of Agia Pelagia. The bay of Ligaria is closed and protected from the winds.
In Ligaria there is a church of Virgin Mary that was built on the ruins of the old monastery of Panagia Lygarianis, where many monks lived as ascetics in the past. Thus, the area gets its name from the monastery. The monastery in turn does not get its name from the beautiful wicker plant with flexible stems and pretty pink flowers, as they say, but by the feudal lord - owner of the area during the early Venetian times named Ligaras. The beach is very beautiful with sand and turquoise calm waters, while the boats make the landscape magical. The eastern part is less protected from the waves. In the whole beach there are smooth rocks as you enter, except of the western part where there is sand. It is very well organized with umbrellas, water sports, diving school, cafes, restaurants and rooms. Especially on weekends the access is quite difficult because of the crowd.