Agia Galini is 61 km southeast of Rethymno and 68 km southwest of Heraklion, about midway along the south coast of Crete.
Agia Galini, with its strange but apt name (meaning “Saint Serenity”, or “Holy Peace”), is a small, labyrinthine village built in the shape of an amphitheatre and surrounded by three mountains: Asideroto, Kedros and Psiloritis. It opens out into a pretty, picturesque harbour.
How to get to Agia Galini
By bus from Rethymno or Heraklion. There are regular buses to Agia Galini in both summer and winter.
By car from Heraklion Airport. Take the National Road west, i.e. towards the city of Heraklion, and keep going until the exit to Mires. On leaving the National Road continue towards Phaistos, Tymbaki and Kokkinos Pyrgos. 500 metres after Tymbaki, the road splits in two: the left-hand fork leads to Kokkinos Pyrgos, while the right-hand fork continues to Agia Galini. Agia Galini is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Heraklion.
Agia Galini: A famous beach, in the sheltered embrace of the Libyan Sea
Once upon a time, this was Soulia, the port of the ancient city of Sivrytos in the foothills of Mt Psiloritis, before Saracens destroyed it in 640 AD. The modern village scales the ancient hillside, affording panoramic views of the Libyan Sea.
A bit further east lies Agia Galini’s gorgeous beach, popular with foreign tourists since 1960. The beach boasts a Blue Flag, awarded to especially clean and well-organised beaches. Cafes, restaurants and hotels cluster round it and boats are available to take you fishing or to explore the nearby sea-caves. Inland, the ancient sites of Phaistos, Agia Triada and Gortyna are star attractions.