Koudoumas, or more properly Koudoumas Monastery , is located in south Crete, on the south coast of Heraklion Prefecture. It is 2-2.5 hours’ drive from Heraklion, roughly 80 kilometres distant. The last 24 kilometres are along an accessible dirt road which starts at the village of Sternes, climbs Mt Kofinasand then descends from 800-900 metres to Koudoumas.
Koudoumas Monastery is dedicated to the Virgin, whose feast-day is celebrated on 15 August, when crowds of people descend on the monastery the previous day and stay overnight in the guestrooms and on the beach.