Kalamaki is a popular seaside resort in Heraklion Prefecture, in southern Crete. Kalamaki is 67 kilometres south of Heraklion, very close to Kamilari, Matala and Phaistos.
Kalamaki is a pretty typical tourist destination in southern Crete. It’s not exactly beautiful but it does meet the needs of its summer visitors with its lovely beach, tavernas, hotels, rooms and apartments for rent.
Kalamaki has no history; there was no village here before 1970.
You won’t see any traditional houses or specific architectural style here, as opposed to neighbouring Kamilari, where everything testifies to the long history of the village.
Kalamaki is built along the great beach of Messara Bay, the largest beach in southern Crete. The resort is expanding rapidly and has already spread out over the nearby hills, in a landscape strongly reminiscent of African desert.
The central position of Kalamaki in southern Crete gives it the great advantage of offering quick and easy access to many tourist spots and archaeological sites, such as Matala, Kommos, Phaistos, Agia Galini and many other places.
In just a few minutes’ drive you can visit traditional villages in the Messara Plain or enjoy a dip off one of the many lovely beaches of southern Crete.
Monastery of Arkadi
A historic monastery of Crete, known for its contribution to the struggle against slavery, with its peak the holocaust of November 8, 1866. The monastery has a museum that is small yet significant for the history of Crete.
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