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. You will observe the considerable slope of the terrain, due to the settling of the soil: because of this, the building is nicknamed the Sloping Church.
Some 500 m off, at the mouth of the valley as it meets the Libyan sea, are two small bays – Kolymbistiri and Lychnistis. The mild climate allows swimming all the year round.
This is the westernmost of the two, and the more isolated. It has pebbles, clear water and a charming sea-bed, suited to underwater exploration. Its name means the Swimming Place!
The eastern and less secluded, it too has pebbles and clear water. But here you will find tavernas and rent-rooms, and may hire umbrellas and sunbeds.
East of the beaches of Aghios Georgios, some 3 km distant, is the popular tourist resort of Aghia Galini.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Ag. Georgios (Ag. Galini), Aghios Vasileios, Rethymno
- free camping Yes
- nudism Yes - in some areas
- beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble
- accommodation Yes - limited choices
- dinning Yes - limited choices
- other facilities
There are umbrellas and sunbeds (Lychnistis).
relevant routes & paths:
Distance: 69 km west of Heraklion, 60 km south of Rethymnon, 3 km west of Agia Galini.
By car/motorcycle: Follow the road from Melabes village to Agia Galini. After 5 km turn right onto a surfaced road and continue for 4 km until you reach the Agios Georgios beaches.
By sea: By boat from Agia Galini.