West Crete beaches



Kalamaki beach
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The seaside resort of Kalamaki is located 6km west of Chania city and is the seaside part of Galatas village. Galatas is located in a fertile plane with citrus and olive groves, that once was the main source of income; today tourism is the main growth factor.

Kalamaki is the westernmost part of the long beach which starts 1km to the east, at Agii Apostoli. The beautiful beach of Kalamaki has fine sand and shallow water. It is very well organized, with umbrellas, showers, lifeguard, accommodation and food services, beach bars, water sports, etc. Moreove, beside the western edge of the beach, a separate small cove is formed, separated from the main beach by a narrow strip of sand. There are frequent city bus services from the center of Chania to Kalamaki.

The village of Galatas is the father's place of Mikis Theodorakis, one of the greatest modern Greek composers and activists, who had been prisoned by the military dictatorship that took control of Greece in April, 1967. Theodorakis had been proposed for Peace Nobel Prize. During the Turkish Occupation, Galatas village was inhabited by Christians, while the neighbouring Daratsos village by Ottomans.

Glaros beach

The nice beach of Glaros is shaped in a large bay, which starts at the area of Holy Apostles and extends to the west up to Kalamaki. It has fine sand and shallow blue waters. Next to the beach, there are many tamarisk trees offering natural shade. It is one of the most developed beaches in Chania, due to its proximity to the city. Glaros is open to north winds, thus if it is windy you visit the nearby protected coves of Holy Apostles. Glaros is a great choice for holidays, because the combination of the very good facilities, the beautiful beach and the easy access from/to Chania, will make your vacation easy and enjoyable.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, North Crete, Chania city area (Kydonia)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand
  • Depth: Shallow
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Crowded place
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Umbrellas / beds, Sports, Lifeguard, Showers, Blue Flag
  • Accessibility: Bus services, Paved road
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