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.