Agia Galini is one of the most popular seaside resorts of southern Rethymnon, situated next to the exit of the Amarianos or Platys River, 61km south of Rethymno city and 68km southwest of Heraklion. This small town is bustling with life during the summer months and provides all the necessary touristic amenities.
The natural beauty of the emerald beaches, the rugged caves in the west, the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, the memories of the hippies and the tranquility of the sea, have made this village a favorite destination for thousands of visitors.
East of the port starts a huge beachfront, which stretches east to Kokkinos Pirgos. The sea in the area is almost always calm. The part of the beach near the port is very well organized and provides all the necessary amenities. It has fine pebbles and cold water, due to the river Platys or Amarianos which is located 200m east of the port. Indeed, the sea temperature is constant at 18 degrees Celsius throughout the year. In the area near the river, ruins of an ancient temple of Artemis have been excavated.
If you cross the river (there is a small bridge), you will find the second beach which extends further 1km to the east. The beach has small pebbles and is less organized. Next to it, there is the camping site of Agia Galini. You can reach this beach by car, if you drive in the main road connecting Agia Galini with Melabes and turn right at the road leading to the sea, directly after the river.
As you walk eastwards, the beach becomes narrower and rockier. You can walk (1.5-2 hours) to Kokkinos Pirgos. This beach, in which there is no access by road, is popular to nudists. It is totally unorganized, thus make sure you have food, water or umbrellas with you.
On the west end of the beach, below the hill with the houses, there is a small complex of tunnels from the Second World War. You can walk up to the top of the hill through there.