Ammoudara is a seven kilometer long sandy beach that stretches from the west end of Heraklion to Linoperamata near the village of Gazi. It is easily accessed by local bus services from the city. The sand is fine and blond and extends several meters to the land and the sea is clear and safe.
The predominant winds during the summertime are N, N-W usually "meltemi" that get more fresh at the western end of the beach, where a windsurf school and water sports center is located. Along the shore there are hotels, some of them very large complexes, taverns, restaurants, bars, cafes that offer umbrellas and sun-beds on the beach. There are also lifeguards in some spots.
The area in general is touristic and offers a full range of facilities, among them the modern multiplex "Technopolis" with cinema and an open-air theater.