Rethymno Agia Galini

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General information

Agia Galini is a picturesque coastal village lying around the sheltered bay of Messara, which opens to the Libyan Sea. The village is located 53 km southeast of Rethymno Town, close to the point where the regional unit of Heraklion begins.

The narrow cobbled alleys starting from the port and the quaint old houses perched one above the other on a steep cliff add their own touch to the beautiful setting. The gorgeous pebbly Agia Galini Beach stretches for over one kilometer in front of the village and a nudist beach can be found in close distance.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Agia Galini was a small fishing village that became a pole of attraction for hippies from all over the world. Now, it has developed into a quiet resort offering accommodation options of all types (even an organized campsite), as well as plenty of restaurants, taverns, bars, clubs, cafes and shops. Offering great views of the southern slopes of Mount Psiloritis, Agia Galini is a place of great natural beauty, captivating all visitors.

Hotels in Agia Galini

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Agia Galini.
Recommended by Greeka


Hotel2 stars

Located at a short distance from the beach of Agia Galini, Astoria Hotel allows you to spend time in a relaxing environment with amazing sea views. Offering well-equipped rooms, suites, and studios, the hotel has a friendly ambience and excellent facilities. Breakfast is available as well.

Recommended by Greeka


Suites4 keys

Featuring swimming pools with sea views, Evgoro Luxury Suites offers villas with a romantic atmosphere and an excellent location near Agia Galini. The hotel is ideal for guests seeking a private and peaceful place for their accommodation, with numerous amenities and convenient services.


Irini Mare

Hotel Rooms Suites Junior Suites4 stars

The wonderful Irini Mare Hotel features a set of fantastic suites with high-comfort furnishing, relaxing couches, and private jacuzzis. It also offers visitors a mesmerizing swimming pool, an in-house restaurant, poolside bars, and views over the sea.


Top Activities & Tours in Agia Galini

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  • Spili, Agia Galini, and Matala tour

    Category: Shore Excursions

    Experience a full-day bus tour from Rethymno to check out the artificial Minoan caves in Agia Galini, the shores of Matala Beach, and Spili Village.

    10 hours Map
    from € 35.00
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More about Agia Galini

To the west of Agia Galini, the shore is dented by magnificent steep sea caves, which can only be reached by boat. The astonishing light effects created by the sun rays as they are reflected on the blue sea make these caves really worth the visit. Among them, you will also find the so-called Cave of Daedalus, which is said to have been the one where the mythical craftsman hid when he was fleeing King Minos. This is why nice sculptures of Daedalus and Icarus getting ready for their flight adorn the hills above the beach.

The picturesque port of Agia Galini is quite busy during the summer season, with boats departing for Agios Georgios, Preveli Beach and the nearby Paximadia islets.


3 Reviews
  • gual52 04 Aug 2009
    Swimming and hiking
    The area of Rethymno is more quiet and traditional than Chania or Heraklion. We spent four days in Agia Galini last year, on our tour around Crete. This is a small fishing village actually but it has developed in tourism: a lot of rooms to rent, hotels, organized beaches, gift shops, but still not as crowded as Hersonissos.

    The only difficult thing about Agia Galini is how you go there. It is located on the south of Rethymno and you had to follow some mountainous roads to go. Maps were not that helpful, we go lost a couple of times. Maps should actually suggest roads, not just show the roads, because some roads are actually awful and track, going up and down in the mountaiis, There may have been better roads from Hersonissos to Agia Galini but we didn't know them. Also something important: put signs in the crossroads!

    Agia Galini had some beautiful beaches around it and some fine fish taverns in the small port. There were no monuments around, except for some monasteries but even some of them were abandoned. Things to do in Agia Galini: swimming, hiking and relaaaax...
  • 34gyt 09 Apr 2009
    Pay attention or you get lost
    If we hadn't rented a car, it would be very difficult to go to Agia Galini. We rented a car from the airport of Chania and it took us many, many hours to go to Agia Galini, about 4-5 hours (we even got lost on our way and took us even longer!). The good thing is that we passed through nice villages and saw some true Cretan landscape.

    Agia Galini was a nice place with clean beaches around it. It was calm and quiet, just like we wanted our vacations to be. Along the port, there were traditional fish taverns with good prices. As we had the car, we could go for excursions in the area. nice places to go are Plakias on the west and Platanos on the east. A nice village is also Anogia, about an hour from Agia Galini (we found it by chance, because we had again go lost, maybe you should put some signs, guys!). People in Anogia are very nice and I bought a nice table cloth from them. I have it now on my dining table to remember those nice days in Crete.
  • olgapet 26 May 2008
    Agia Galini
    It was quite difficult to reach this village, because we arrived in Heraklion airport, rented a car from there and drove to the south of Crete, where Agia Galini is. However, we lost our way many times for lack of signs. If you try the same way, make sure you have a map with you. The village itself was fine, a busy tourist resort. It reminded of a picturesque village only a little. I particularly liked the square with the tall palm tree and some rocky beaches we found in the area. Note that car is essential to visit the area because the public transportation is too poor.