Almost 10 years ago, Kalamaki was largely unknown. But the beautiful location right on a very long sandy beach, the immediate proximity to the popular Kommos beach and the surrounding villages Matala, Kamillari or Sivas made Kalamaki a popular holiday destination.
The small village experienced a veritable boom, at the same time it remained calm and restful. Since it is not allowed to build skyscrapers in southern Crete, this beautiful coastal town was spared from huge mass tourism hotels. Instead, you will find small, countryside-adapted hotels and guest houses that provide a cozy atmosphere.
The small streets with their cute shops invite you to stroll and on the long beach promenade you will find a large selection of different taverns.
Probably the most popular beach in southern Crete is the Kommos beach. Although it is a popular destination due to its length, expanse and wild beauty, you'll find plenty of space and tranquility for a lazy sunbathing even in high season.
A large area is used as nudist beach, but there is also enough space for dressed bathers. Hiding in the dunes is the small Karibu Bar, which at first reminds one of a Caribbean oasis. Hammocks, loungers, self-carved masks and many lovely details make it a restful place of pure relaxation. Kommos beach is within walking distance of Kalamaki.
Another very popular bar is the Bunga Bunga Bar, nestling in the rocks at the end of the Kommos beach. There is a nice selection of individual dishes. Nevertheless, the prices are absolutely manageable.
In addition, beach chairs are offered directly on the beach. During the peak season in the summer months there is even the possibility to be massaged directly on the beach.
Although nestled on the beach, Kalamaki is central enough to explore the surrounding area by car. These include all popular destinations of the Messara plain. The hippie village of Matala, Sivas, Kouses, Kamiliari, Agia Galini, the weekly market in Mires and the archaeological sites of Phaistos, Agia Triada and Gortyn. In addition, many hikers decide to stay in Kalamaki, because from there you can explore a lot of beautiful hiking trails.
In addition to some small supermarkets, Kalamaki has clothing shops, souvenir shops, a jeweler, a bakery and other small shops selling sweet aceesoires.
On the long beach promenade you have a large selection of different restaurants. Country typical Greek taverns, an Italian restaurant, cafes and many more.