Phaistos and the messara area
The Municipality of Phaistos has a rich cultural reserve, significant agricultural production, but also sites of high beauty.
Located in South Central Crete, at the South West Province of Heraklion. The area of the municipality Phaistos hosts a great value natural areas, wildlife while showing great interest anthropogenic and cultural elements with timeless tracks covering installations from the Late Minoan period until today.
In terms of tourism, the municipality Phaistos is the "alternative gate" with beaches of rare beauty, as Matala, the Kommos, Kalamaki and Kokkinos Pyrgos. Guests may reach the area to discover most beautiful combining visits to cultural attractions, beaches, and knowing mountains and the lake of Zaros, surrounded by the mountain of Psiloritis.
The beaches have blue flags, Zaros takes part in the initiative "The most beautiful villages of Greece." The lake of Zaros also is under the program Natura.
Apart from the palace at Phaistos, the municipality includes the archaeological site of Agia Triada, the Kamares Cave of the Minoan Labyrinth. World famous is also a Roman cemetery in the area of Matala, which has become widely known as "the caves".Please have a look at the Website of the area and the Visit Phaistos FB page
Golden sand, natural dunes and cliffs topped with tamarisk trees - that marks the beautiful beach of Komos. At the southern end you will find the bunga bunga bar, a short walk away from the famous archaeological site. The lifeguard is to be found here, near the umbrellas and sunbeds, as well as toilets and a shower. If you walk to towards the northern end of the beach, you will find the "caribu" kantina, where it is still nice and quite, even in high season. The sea bed is rock shelf, but at the taverna end it is sandy.
Kokkinos Pirgos is a small beachresort in the south of Crete, between Matala (15 kilometer distance) and Agia Galini (10 kilometer distance), and about three kilometers from Timbaki, a larger village with all amenities like supermarkets, shops, banks and a supermarket, and once a week on a Friday there is a market where you can buy local products. There are a couple of hotels and rooms for rent in Kokkinos Pirgos, and there are a many nice tavernas and cafes.
The beach of Kokkinos Pirgos with sand and some pebbles is stretching a few kilometres, and it's definitely much more quiet than other beaches of this area. The walk to Agia Galini along the coast takes about 1,5 hours, towards Kalamaki about 2,5 hours along the beach with almost no people. In Kokkinos Pirgos there is also a small harbour and in front of the village lie the small Paximadia islands.Please also have a look at the official Website of the village and the Kokkinos Pirgos FB page
Agia Galini is a very beautiful old fishing village, built on a steep slope. The picturesque houses and streets have been preserved its charm. The village consists of narrow alleys and stairs, cafes, bars and shops. In the lower part of town is the port and the main square with many restaurants and taverns.
From the port, a path leads along the cliff and a small palm grove to the beach. An old bridge leading to the second part of the beach, which is often a little quieter.Make a boat trip to the paximadia Island or relax on a fishing-trip - > MareSud Tours