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The Village Kalamaki in Crete

The village of Kalamaki is located in Southern Crete, on a wide and long beach (the largest beach in southern Crete) with clear, blue waters. Kalamaki is 67 km southwest of Heraklion, 9 km south of Tymbaki and about 12 km from Matala.


In Kalamaki among our many visitors are also the well-known, under protection Caretta Caretta turtles.

The islands Paksimadia and Gavdos can be seen in the horizon. The uninhabited Paksimadia is around 10 kilometres away from the shore and owe their name to the dryness that dominates on the island.


The inhabited island of Gavdos is the southernmost point of Europe, and is about 17 kilometres away from the shore and is visible when the weather is clear.


From Kalamaki you can easily visit many pretty, scenic villages in the plain of the Messara.

For those who love horseback riding, it is available in Pitsidia, a seaside village around 4 kilometres from Kalamaki. About 1 kilometre from Pitsidia is the village of Matala Crete, where the beach that was famous during the 70’s is located along with its caves.


For those who love to walk, the neighbouring beach of Kommo offers the perfect setting with the waves ending right at your feet. The ancient port of the Minoan era brings the visitor closer to the history and culture of the Cretan civilisation.


12 kilometres further inland is Mires, a town with many shops, services, such as a post office, banks, a hospital, pharmacies, large supermarkets for economic purchases including LIDL and Marinopoulos-Carrefour. Mires is also known for its well-known Pazari (flee market) every Saturday. It is the largest one in Southern Crete, where you can find anything from women’s and men’s undergarments and children’s games to vegetables, fruit, kitchenware, carpets and delicatessen’s such as feta cheese and honey. Something similar but on a smaller scale is held every Friday in Timbaki, a nearby village, west of Mires.


Photos from Kalamaki and the area.


Sights in Crete

Agiofarago (Holy Canyon) Agiofarago is a picturesque canyon south of Matala. Its name is a testament to the traveller’s goal centuries ago...

Moni Martsalou (Martsalou Monastery) Moni Martsalou has taken its name from the canyon Martsalos, which is about 2 kilometres long...

Kefali (Head) Kefali is one of the southernmost points of Crete, rising to a height of 395 metres and offering a magnificent...

Phaistos The Minoan city of Phaistos is situated on the top of a hill, 5 kilometres from Kalamaki...

Kommos Anyone can enjoy the 4-kilometre-long beach of Kommos on the southern coast of Crete...

Agia Triada Agia Triada is only 1, 5 kilometres from Phaistos...

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