Holidays in
Kalamaki

A heavenly little hamlet by the sea

Tranquil Kalamaki Village sits on Crete's northwest coast, a few kilometres to Chania's west. This sleepy little hamlet was only developed in the 1970s and it hasn't yet seen quite the boom in visitors that its neighbours on the island have. If you're after a Greek getaway that's just right for rest and relaxation, then a holiday to Kalamaki is your dream ticket.

Kalamaki is blessed with two beaches, Komos to the south and the main beach to the north, right at the front of the village. Pebbly Komos has a blissfully wild feel. It's perfect for getting away from it all, although you may share some space with bathers in their birthday suits as it's popular with nudists. The main beach is a long 2.5 km strand of fine golden sands that forms part of Messara Bay. It's backed by a promenade of restaurants and tavernas that will keep you well fed come lunch or dinner and also offer sun lounger and umbrella rentals.

If you happen to get restless, there's lots to see in the surrounding area. You can visit the traditional villages in the Messara Plain to get a wider feel for authentic Cretan life or head into lively Chania - just 10 minutes away - for plentiful shops, archaeological sites and nightlife. 

YOUR KALAMAKI QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Kalamaki has two beaches, both within walking distance. There's the small, pebbly Kommos Beach and the long, sandy main beach with lounger and umbrella rental.

While there's a bus service from Chania to Kalamaki, you may want to rent a car if you want to explore further afield.

Kalamaki has a good selection of restaurants and tavernas and you can head to neighbouring Matala (10km away) if you fancy something a little livelier.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN KALAMAKI

Sunset on the beach

After a day on the sand, sick around to watch the sun sink into the water. As the main beach faces west, sunsets are spectacular.

See loggerhead turtles

Visit Kalamaki between May and September for a chance to watch endangered loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the main beach.

Visit the Hippie Village

Matala, the Village of the Hippies, is just 10 kilometers away. See the caves - once Roman tombs - where the free-loving community lived in the 60s.