Beaches in the area Print E-mail

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There are many beautiful beaches in no more than 3-8km distance from Kamilari. These are (listed from the lowest distance):

Kalamaki Beach (about 3 km)
Kalamaki has a lovely long sandy beach with sunchairs and parasols behind a nice promenade with tavernas, cafes and shops. It's the closest beach from Kamilari and can easily be reached within 30 minutes walking distance.

Komos Beach (about 5 km)
The beach of Komos, between Matala and Kalamaki, is one of the largest and one of the most beautiful beaches with crystal clear water in the South of Crete. It is thus never crowded and has an area also for nudists.It reaches from the rocks after Kalamaki to the north to the steepen cliff end in the south, where you can even find a little taverna to rest.

Behind this cliff there's the bay of Matala. Its name comes from an antique minoan settlement "Komos", where you can still find the archaeological excavation just a little way up the beach. This old Minoan port (not opened to the public) perfectly integrates itself into the landscape. If you're lucky, you might see one of these protected sea turtles that come to nest in the sand during summer.

Afrathias/ Dasaki/ Kalyva tou laou Beach (about 5 km)

This is the sea-side area north to Kalamaki, before the military airport. This area has been improved within the last years, and it became possible to swim there (initially it was quite rocky and it still has some sea urchins, that might cause a lot of pain if you step on them).

When the military airport area is not closed, you can walk all the way south to Kokkinos Pirgos along the beach and hardly meet people on the way. To get there, turn left after a couple of kilometers on the Kamilari-Timbaki road. The curious thing about this place is a palm-trees "forest", a bit further behind the beach, which has been planted years ago with a small church on its ground. It's quite a strange landscape with palms, beach and in between also a bit of a marsh area. It is twice protected by "Natura 2000" (a networking protection program from the European Commission) because of migrating birds and sea turtles among other species.

Katalyki Beach (the beach of Kokkinos Pirgos)-(about 8 km)
The northern section of the Messara bay is occupied by the Katalyki sandy beach, which is probably one of the most pleasant beaches of the area, with its several fish tavernas, greek bars and sunbeds. It is an authentic, Greek place, where you can spend hours, just swimming and drinking cold coffees...

Matala (about 9 km)

Red Beach (Matala) - (about 10 km)

Beaches - a little bit further Print E-mail

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A little bit further, but also worth a visit if you have your own car and some more time, are the following beaches.

Agia Galini - (about 20km)
Agia Galini has a pleasant and enjoyable sandy/pebble beach with many facilities to serve as a real holiday area.


Akoumia / Triopetra Beach
- (about 47km)
On the main road from Rethymnon - Agia Galini you'll pass the small village of Akoumia, where you turn left (coming from Agia Galini) in the direction of Triopetra. It's 12 km asphalted road leading to two beautiful and calm beaches. One km before reaching the beach, you can decide, if you turn right in the direction of Akoumia beach or left in the direction of Triopetra beach.

Triopetra has a long sandy beach, with some rocky parts. If you look back, standing on the beach, you'll find a small white chapel on a hill. If you follow the ascending path in this direction you'll reach another beautiful beach before cape Melissa and Agios Pavlos. The 3 rocks in the water, that have given the name to the small village of Triopetra separate Triopetra from Akoumia beach.


Agios Pavlos - (about 42km)

Agios Pavlos is a small village, about 27km southeast of Spili on the main road from Timbaki to Rethymnon. Just before Nea Krya Vrysi you turn south onto a 13km serpentine road, pass through Saktouria and reach the bay of Agios Pavlos. This bay is also frequented by tour boats from Agia Galini, if you don't have your own rental car, and has a beautiful beach with a high sand dune to the west of the village.

On the Cape Melissa – also named "the crocodile" because of its look - in western direction from Agios Pavlos you find rocks in a folding formation with many different beautiful coloured rock beds, showing a waving striped pattern.




Vathy Beach
- (about 17 km)
If you follow the road towards the south from Kamilari, through the villages of Sivas and Listaros, you will pass the monastery of Odigitria. Take a right turn here on the track and follow the signs of "Martsalo" first and later to "Vathy" (4WD is recommended). You end up on a small beach caught between white cliffs, in the bottom of a spectacular fiord deeply entering into the land; one shepherd, one or two fishermen, and maybe a small snack during summertime...- That's it!

(Please don't forget to bring your own fresh water!)

Kali Limenes and Lendas - (about 20-30km)

Matala Print E-mail

Matala is a small fishing harbour which, in the 60ies, became a meeting point of hippies. It's still a little hippie place with a beautiful beach in a bay caught between cliffs in about 9 kilometers distance from Kamilari. 

The most remarkable thing here, except the little covered market with many souvenir shops, is probably the beautiful natural location of the village caught in cliffs and the old caverns dug into the soft clay sandstone in the Neolithic Age. With stone beds, fireplaces, and connections to other caves, the stone-age people already created a perfectly cultivated home decor. Later the early Christians buried their dead people in the caves of Matala – sarcophagi carved in rocks have been found here.

From the caverns cross the village and go ahead in the direction of the bars at the end of the beach. You'll find a small, carved in rocks, church, when you're turning left in the small and narrow "streets". Have a look into this nice natural church.

There's a paid parking area in front of the beach as well as a supermarket and public toilets and showers. It is also nice to have a drink or coffee in one of the tavernas at the beach and watch the scenery.

At night, Matala is also a good place to have a drink or to dance to Cretan or occidental music.

Red Beach of Matala

From Matala, you can reach "Kokkini Ammos" the so-called "Red Beach" within 30 minutes walk. The path is signposted just before the village bar area begins, and it's better to wear closed shoes climbing somehow into the next southern bay. There's no shade on the track, and no water source on the beach, so please bring yours.

The track itself already deserves the (reasonable) effort: before descending down to the beach, you have from the top of the hill, on one side, the view of the Ida mountain range with the Psiloritis summit over the bay of Matala; and, on the other side, towards the South, the succession of a serial of cliffs in one of the wildest areas of the island.

Besides, the Red Beach itself is a jewel: red or orange sand, deep grey stones, crystal clear water and white and ochre cliffs. It's also one of the best places to swim in the area and there even is a dedicated area for nudists.

Kali Limenes and Lendas Print E-mail

The south coast of Crete, where the Asteroussia mountains suddenly dive into the water, is a quite wild area. There are two small ports accessible by road: Kali Limenes and Lendas. Both roads are very spectacular because they start from the plain of Messara and then climb up the Asteroussia; after a series of curves, and before descending on the other side of the mountains towards the small harbors, the panoramas on the plain and the Psiloritis are great.

Kali Limenes - (about 20km)

Kali Limenes has two beaches. The smallest one is sandy, and the sea is not deep there, so it's ideal for children. You can also eat and have a drink both on the beach and in the small village. This place is mainly known by Greek people. The main reason that Kali Limenes remains undeveloped is the ship refueling station on the small island at the entrance of the bay.

Nevertheless it has crystal clear water. There are many more small beautiful beaches with no name around Kali Limenes, that are worth an exploration.

kalilimenesandlendas_4Lendas - (about 30km)
Lendas is a small friendly place reached by descending a steep and spectacular winding road, with no large hotels, but some cafes and tavernas. It is full of beautiful, flowered, white-painted houses. In the Greek classical times, the village was a place for curing diseases, since the water there was supposed to have curative properties (there is an archeological site). A small pebbly beach and a steep background give this small place atmosphere. Some spectacular sandy beaches are a moderate walk away, including Dytiko beach which has tavernas on its long sandy beach – a popular nudist beach.


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