The small seaport Kokkinos Pirgos is located in the south of Crete and belongs to the municipality of Phaistos. Translated, Kokkinos Pirgos is called "the red tower". According to stories, once a red clay tower, presumably a lighthouse, was said to have stood in the village, to which it owes its name - further information is not known. Kokkinos Pirgos is still untouched by mass tourism, but due to its very long beach a popular excursion destination for the locals. Especially in the summer months, you will find many Greeks sitting on the long beach promenade with all its small restaurants, bars and cafes.
In Kokkinos Pirgos are only two small hotels, but a nice selection of private accommodations. Below are some treasures that offer fantastic views of the sea and amazing sunsets. There is also a small supermarket where you will find everything for your daily needs.
During the summer months boat- and diving trips to the opposite, uninhabited Paximadia Islands are offered. It´s about one hour to drive, and you will enjoy a pure touch of beautiful nature. They start directly from the small, picturesque harbor. Also nice to know: In the very early morning hours you can still meet real, native fishermen who offer their fresh fish directly for sale at the harbor.
Every Friday in the neighboring village Timbaki a local weekly market takes place. Farmers from the area sell their fresh fruits and vegetables, olives and sheep's cheese, as well as many herbs and mountain herbs. But also clothes and things for the household are offered there. It´s worth a visit, if you want to feel real Crete.
Kokkinos Pirgos is very centrally located for popular destinations in the area. For example hikes in the Psiloritis Mountains, swimming trips to the popular Komos beach or exploring the hippie spot Matala. Also the small village of Agia Galini or the archaeological sites Phaistos, Gortyn and Agia Triada are just a short drive away.
If you like to shop to your heart's content, Kokkinos Pirgos is not the place to be. In return, your culinary heart will find a wide range of different flavors. For example, you can enjoy typical local cuisine in the beautiful Red Castle Tavern, located directly in a small bay on the beach. The family run business is a popular destination if you want to relax on the beach and have some delicious Greek food in between.
On the long promenade there is a large selection of different restaurants and bars. Really good pizza is in the pizzeria Ammos. It is considered a real insider tip. But the chic Bar Macao or the Café Sugar are also very popular with both locals and guests. In the evening hours you sit especially nice in the family-run ouzeria Enplo. The restaurant has a large selection of different food, which you can enjoy with a beautiful view over the whole harbor and exclusive sunsets. But there are many other options that are worth testing.