Monday, June 15, 2009

Trip to Agia Galini and Agio Pavlo

The village of Agia Galini, located on Crete's south coast can be reached in about 2 hours by car from Hersonissos. It is from a cave in this seaside village that, according to Greek Mythology, Icarus and Daedalus took flight to escape from King Minos.

If you walk along the port of Agia Galini, you will have a wonderful view of the village.

From the main part of the village, you can follow a paved path to a pebbly beach. Here you can cool yourself off in the clear blue Libyan sea, or enjoy a nice meal at one of the tavernas.

On the west side of the village, behind the port, you can fish, like Manos here, or explore the caves, which are accessible only by water.

If you feel adventurous drive west from Ag. Galini through the villages of Melabes, Sakturia to Agios Pavlos. If you run out of gas you can buy it from the Kaffenio!! (Coffee shop, Melabes) The owner of the kaffenio sells gasoline in four liter containers, and fills your tank using a funnel and a section of a garden hose!

The road winds up to the top of the mountain and then down to the cove. The reward: a secluded small cove with a sandy beach.

After swimming, or climbing the steep steps up the cliff to take some amazing photographs, you can relax and have a snack, drink or ice cream at the kaffenio, which is the only business in the area.

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