Tags: Kalamaki, Village

Kalamaki is a small village at the center point of Crete's south coast, between Agia Galini and Matala, directly on the Libyan sea with a wonderful sandy beach.

You will find hospitality and warmth in the small tavernas, all in quiet settings on the beach promenade. All the tavernas offer traditional freshly cooked Greek food (not easily found in the mass tourism resorts) and guests are welcomed to use sun beds and umbrellas free of charge.

It's a great place for couples, families with young children, or anyone who wants a quiet vacation in a beautiful place and the village offers a mini market, bakery and some small shops where you will find everything you need for daily use in your holidays.

Kalamaki is just 5 km north of famous hippie haven of Matala. It is also 5 km west of the ruins of ancient Phaistos, which was one of the 3 ancient Cretan municipalities united during the rule of King Minos, and one of Crete's prime archeological destinations.

The sandy beach along Messara Bay on which Kalamaki is sited, is the longest beach on Crete's south coast and probably the hghlight of the village. Sunsets on the west-facing beach are spectacular, the rise of the small Paximadi Islands offshore breaking the monotony of the horizon.

Kalamaki is also ideal for those wishing to attend the annual Matala Beach Festival held toward the end of June and featuring world-class rock bands. The festival attracts tens of thousands, so using Kalamaki as a base allows you to avoid the massive overcrowding at Matala. In addition, as was already mentioned, Kalamaki is a good place from which to launch archeological tours to Phaistos, Gortys, and Agia Triada.

On the beach of Kalamaki during the summer months, you can sometimes observe Carretta-Carretta turtles, which lay their eggs in the warm sand on the beach of Kalamaki.
Also during the winter and spring months the surrounding area and nature of the island offers a special and unique appeal. During this time of the year you will find a charming vegetation, unique plants and herbs which only grow during these months, and hills bathed in fresh green.