Beaches in the area of Aghia Galini

The region of Aghia Galini is at the southeast border of the Rethymnon Prefecture, overlooking the Libyan sea: it falls within the deme of Aghios Vasileios.

A decision to stay here is a good one, since you can readily visit places of archaeological interest, such as Festos, Gortyns and Aghia Triadha, all in the Messara plain (in the Heraklion Prefecture). From here too are run organized tours to Matala, Preveli, Plakias, Frankokastello, Chora Sfakion and the Samaria Gorge. Out to sea lie the small islets of Paximadia.


These two islets, in all some 3 km long, lie some 7.5 nautical miles off the south coastline of the Rethymnon Prefecture and are visible from all along its length. Their name comes from their shape – this resembles an old Cretan product, the paximadi (a double-baked rusk of bread). 

  • location Paximadia (Agia Galini), Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
  • dinning No
  • nudism Yes
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities No
  • free camping No

West of the Gulf of Messara, close to Aghia Galini, lies the valley of Aghios Georgios. In it is the sacred Monastery of the same name: you can admire the wall-paintings within, of an old style and so rarely surviving on the island. 

  • location Ag. Georgios (Ag. Galini), Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities Yes - basic
  • free camping Yes

Aghia Galini is on the enclosed Messara Gulf, at the border with the Heraklion Prefecture. Built on a low hill above the sea, the settlement has a small harbour and a large beach a kilometer long east of the same. The beach runs on to Kokkinos Pyrgos.

  • location Αγία Γαλήνη, Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - plenty
  • free camping No

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