Agia Galini – the Pearl of Southern Crete


The road to Agia Galini is a scenic and sometimes winding one: passing from the vast and fertile Messara plain, you get a feeling of driving away from the bustle of touristy resorts, straight into the serenity of southern Crete

Nestled into a hill slope along the Libyan Sea, where the locals still outnumber the tourists, Agia Galini is known as the pearl of southern Crete: an attractive sea side fishing village that pleasantly surprises you with its laid back and friendly atmosphere. Its houses – without particular architecture but therefore all the more attractive – are built in terrace style, one house packed next to the other, separated only by steep flights of stairs with flowers, Bougainville and plants. The narrow, car-free alleys breathe an Italian flair from days gone by and are lined with inviting cafes, eateries and cute little shops: a perfect place to surrender to the carelessness of a well deserved break.

Agia Galini’s gravel beaches have easy access and free parking possibilities. From the little fishing port one can also stroll to the beach via a cobblestone path (2 minutes). The sea is clean and very calm; sun beds and umbrellas are for rent at reasonable prices and there are trees for cooling shade. Inviting little cafeterias, taverns and bars are discreetly lined up behind a cobblestone beach path that leads to Agia Galini’s river.


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