Agia Galini Crete travel guide

Agia Galini village is pretty enough, with whitewashed houses perched on the steep streets around an attractive harbour.

All roads lead to a large quayside hedged with flower-bedecked tavernas that could be one of the prettiest spots in the village if it did not double as a drab car park.

The Agia Galini beaches are some way out of the village, around the headland, beneath vertiginous cliffs, and beyond barriers that prevent cars getting through.

It is a 100 metre walk to the first beach of coarse sand and pebble filled with sun loungers. The grey gravel slides sharply into a rocky seashore.

Beyond that, across a small bridge, is a second Agia Galini beach has even coarser sand. There are loads of beach tavernas, indicative of the popularity of the place, as are the premium prices.

Despite an overdose of tourism, Agia Galini is still a resort of some charm with around 1,000 permanent inhabitants and many well-appointed hotels, apartments, camping sites and such.

There are caves along the coast and excursion boats will take visitors there. Some Minoan excavations can be found at Agia Trianda and at Festos out on the road leading north from the resort.