Agia Galini beach
Agia Galini is one of the most popular seaside resorts of southern Rethymnon prefectire, situated next to the exit of the Amarianos or Platys River, 61km south of Rethymno city and 68km southwest of Heraklion. This small town is bustling with life during the summer months and provides all the necessary touristic amenities. The natural beauty of the emerald beaches, the rugged caves in the west, the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, the memories of the hippies and the tranquility of the sea, have made this village a favorite destination for thousands of visitors.
East of the port starts a long beach, which stretches east to Kokkinos Pirgos. The sea in the area is almost always calm. The part of the beach near the port is very well organized and provides all the necessary amenities. It has fine pebbles and cold water, due to the river Platys or Amarianos which is located 200m east of the port. In the area near the river, ruins of an ancient temple of Artemis have been identified.
If you cross the river (there is a metal bridge), you will find the second beach which extends further 1km to the east. The beach has small pebbles and is less organized. Next to it, there is the camping site of Agia Galini. As you walk eastwards, the beach becomes narrower and rockier. You can walk (1.5-2 hours) to Kokkinos Pirgos. This beach, in which there is no access by road, is popular to nudists. It is totally unorganized, thus make sure you have food, water or umbrellas with you.
Agios Georgios beach
The valley of Agios Georgios is located 3km west of Agia Galini, 69km southwest of Heraklion and 60km south of Rethymno. There are two small bays with wonderful pebbly beaches, which are separated by a rocky shore. The weather here is almost always very mild, making the beaches ideal for swimming all year round. You can go through car or by boat.
If you come to Agios Georgios, you can stroll in the wild Cretan countryside and walk to the old Monastery of St. George (500m northern). Note the slope of the church walls, which has been damaged due to ageing and soil sedimentation; the church interior bears very old frescoes.
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