Agia Galini Village in Rethymno

Information About Agia Galini

Crete Agia Galini Rethymno: Agia Galini is a pretty coastal village lying around the sheltered bay of Messara which opens to the Libyan Sea. The village is located 55 km south east of Rethymno town and 75 km from Heraklion.

Its picturesque port is quite busy during the summer season where boats depart for Agios Georgios, Preveli and the nearby islets. The attractive village has numerous accommodations of all types (even camping sites) to offer, as well as plenty of restaurants, taverns, bars, clubs, cafes and shops. The natural beauty in combination with the tourist facilities of Agia Gallini captivates all the visitors and creates a charming atmosphere.

Narrow cobbled alleys start from the port and make their way inside the picturesque village and old houses perched one above the other against a steep cliff add to the beautiful setting. A gorgeous pebbled beach stretches over one kilometer in front of the village and a nudist beach in close distance.

On the eastern side of the bay, where the village coils up, many marine caves hide in the rocky shores and can be visited by boats which regularly leave from the port of Agia Galini. Those wonderful caves are really worth the visit because of the astonishing light effects created by the rays of the sun on the blue sea. Frequent boat excursions are organized to the southern part of Crete.

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Guest 2009-08
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...
Guest 2009-04
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.
Guest 2008-05
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.

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