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Fishing Village in Crete


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Agia Galini

is a small fishing village at the northern flank of the Messara Bay on the south coast of locator Crete.

It lies on the south slope of the small Vouvala Massif, which parts the bigger Kedros Massif from the south coast, and marks the south-eastern tip of the governmental district of locator Rethymnon.
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photo The most scenic road to Aghia Galini runs from Nea Kria Vrisi via Melambes around the summit of Mt. Vouvala (947 meters).

First open views of Mt. Kedros (1,776 meters) which frequently decorates it's summit with a small cloud, and of the Ida Massif (up to 2,456 meters).

Then the road winds down the slope and opens views of the fishing village, it's port, and the entire Messara bay until Matala on the opposite coast.
 
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Just above the port there are some comfortable tavernas and kafenions of typical Mediterranean flair.

In recent years, many small hotels and apartments facilities have been built on the steep slopes further up, enjoying unique views of the village, the coast and the Messara bay.

The former fishing village has vastly grown this way.
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photo Today, there are three supermarkets down in the village, one of them providing an international line of goods. There is also a baker's, a butcher's, and a fish shop.

By the port, but also everywhere else on the spot there are plenty of restaurants, tavernas, cafes and bars, as well as a bistro.

Many of them provide internet access for their guests per ADSL WiFi.
 
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In the village there are also several jewel shops, a ladies' hairdresser and a barber, a beauty shop, a pharmacy, and a medical center.

Car rentals and souvenir shops belong to the view of the village as well, and the local facilities and utilities include three ATMs, a police station, and a port authority and customs office.

The shops on the scene have adapted to the needs of a rather relaxed type of tourism.
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photo On a cliff right-hand above the port, there is the memorial of Daedalos and Icarus.

According to the myth, the two of them started from here for their flight via Samos and Delos to Sicily, in order to escape from King Minos' captivity.

Which gives some idea about the capabilities of ancient air traffic controllers. Reportedly, Ulysses encountered a similar problem.
 
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During the tourims season, boats go to the palm beach of Preveli several times per day, which for sure is the most comfortable way of approaching this dream beach.

In eastern direction form the port, a short path runs along the foot of a steep cliff to a sandy beach.

It is lined by tavernas and small hotels, and deck chairs and sunshades are for rent there.
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Text by Ingo H. Dietrich
Photos by Matthias Konopka, Holger Nordhoff, Rolf König & Ingo H. Dietrich
 

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