Holidays to Kamilari take you to a picturesque hilltop village in southern Crete. It’s a place of authentic tavernas and kafenions, plus there are beaches just down the road.
A quiet Creten village
Kamilari is a serene hilltop village in the quiet southern half of Crete. From all around, you get views of the green Messara Valley on one side and the blue Libyan Sea on the other. It’s an unhurried place with authentic tavernas and kafenions on the quaint village square. The village’s narrow alleyways are lined with low whitewashed houses and shutters draped with bougainvillea. This rural escape pairs up nicely with Kalamaki Beach, just down the road.
Southern Crete’s best beaches
The nearest beach to Kamilari is 5 minutes’ drive away at Kalamaki. It’s a quiet sandy stretch with sunloungers, umbrellas and beach bars along the promenade. For a change of scene, the beaches of Kokkinos Pirgos and Matala are both 10 minutes’ drive away. They’re sandy beaches too, but up in Kokkinos Pirgos there are entirely secluded coves to the east of the beach. Down in Matala the shore is backed by a handful of laid-back shack restaurants.
Daytrips to Heraklion
An hour’s drive gets you to Heraklion, Crete’s capital. It’s famous for the totally intact 13th-century fortress, right next to the huge Venetian harbour. Nearby is the Archeological Museum, home to 5,000-year-old Neolithic relics found in Crete. About 15 minutes out of Heraklion is the Minoan Palace of Knossos – the ruins are 4,500 years old and today there are tours around the beautifully restored frescoes.
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