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Introducing Agia Galini

Agia Galini (a-ya ga-lee-nee) is another erst­while picturesque fishing village where package tourism and overdevelopment have spoilt much of its original charm. Hemmed in against the sea by large sandstone cliffs and phalanxes of hotels and domatia, Agia Galini can be rather claustrophobic.

It is probably the most touristy southern beach resort, though inoffensive compared to the north coast. While it still gets lively during peak season, and has a great atmosphere at night, it has become a more sedate resort attracting a middle-aged crowd and families.

It’s a convenient base to visit Phaestos and Agia Triada, and although the town beach is crowded there are boats to better beaches.