Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Kali Limenes, meaning Good Ports

Kali Limenes (Greek: Καλοί Λιμένες or Dobre Porty or Piękny Przystanie) is a coastal town located in the Asterousia Mountains on the southern coast of Crete. Although the road runs to Kali Limenes, it runs through a mountain range, so it is narrow and very winding. The demanding route and quite a distant location mean that in most cases in Kali Limenes the only tourists that can be found here are the Greeks resting on a makeshift bivouac.

Kali Limenes - way

Kali Limenes is located about 75 km southwest of Heraklion . To get here, from Heraklion, follow road 97 to the south. In Mires, turn left and follow Pompia and continue on the road towards Pigaidakia. In our opinion, the road led through the mountains is not difficult, it is rather a typical mountain road. However, drivers who are accustomed to driving flat, wide roadways and those who do not feel comfortable behind the wheel can make it difficult. As there is no shortage of ramps and sharp corners on it, about 30-40 minutes should be used to cover it.


An unexpected element of the landscape

The first thing that catches the eye after reaching Kali Limenes is a wide and long beach and oil tanks located on the Mikronisi islet opposite the village.

These very characteristic buildings belong to the Greek company SEKA founded in 1961 by the late Nikos Vardinogiannis. The oil business was so profitable that in 1968 it was at the top of the list of the richest Greek taxpayers. Currently, the Vardinogiannis clan is one of the richest and most influential families in Europe. In their hands there are a total of 98 companies operating both in Greece and abroad. These enterprises control many different sectors ranging from oil and maritime transport through banking, media, hotels and real estate to publishing and charity.

Kali Limenes - tanks


To this day, the vessels that cover the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal are taking fuel from the Mikronisi reservoirs. Living in neighboring Lentas , we often had the opportunity to observe large various types of units waiting in the queue for refueling. And although these reservoirs spoil, unfortunately, the idyllic landscape of Kali Limenes, fortunately they do not pollute the sea. One of the reasons why Kali Limenes was chosen for the construction of these installations was the lack of large waves and the exceptionally calm sea (of course, excluding winter). Not without significance is also the fact that in this place nature has shaped the port, which is well protected against bad weather conditions. The obstacle in refueling are only strong southern and south-eastern winds with speeds above 6 on the Beaufort scale.

Kali Limenes

The village itself consists of a small number of houses and a few simple taverns. In the port, fishing boats are measured. There is an atmosphere of complete freedom and peace here. Lack of tourists from the countries of northern Europe means that they are only "their own". This should not come as a surprise because this place is known mainly to tourists from Greece and Crete. Over the years, which we devote to visiting the island, we noticed that they often choose isolated places where they will not come across too many tourists from outside Greece.


Kali Limenes

We have not met such an incredibly quiet Cretan town located by the sea in the past. In general, such an attractive location on the coast condemns even small villages to tourist traffic and growing popularity. In the case of Kali Limenes, however, this rule is not confirmed. This idyllic character of the town and the distance from tourist routes show well statistical data. In 2011, Kali Limenes had only 21 permanent residents.

There are no hotels in Kali Limenes. To the east of the village in Chrysostomos there are only two private guesthouses offering rooms (Sfinias Apartments and Villa Koutsakis). Often, the view is broken by wild tents and campers parked along the coast.

Kali Limenes comes alive only on Saturdays and Sundays. A peaceful swimming and nice beaches attract weekend tourists who come to Kali Limenes on non-working days. There are several nice beaches at their disposal, where they can relax and unwind from the tourist everyday life.

A little-known past

Kali Limenes is located near the ancient city called Lassea (Lasaia), which in Roman times served as a port. Unfortunately, nothing more can be added to this story because no excavations have been carried out so far.

The mention of "Good Ports" can be found in the Bible in the description of St. Paweł to Rome: " flowing with difficulty along its banks, we came to a place called Dobre Porty, near which was the city of Lasaia".

Chapel of St. Paul

A few hundred meters east of Kali Limenes on the hill above the bay there is a characteristic white chapel named after them. Saint Paul. Some sources say that it was erected to commemorate the stay of St. Paul in this place, others that it was built on the part of the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew, who visited Kali Limenes twice: in 1992 and 2008. The information verified for this is that it was built on the site of an older church from 1700. Next to the chapel is a cave where the Apostle Paul was supposed to stay. However, also in her case we encountered discrepancies. Some sources say that St. Paweł was to live in it for two years. Other sources undermine the Apostle's stay in Crete.

Kali Limenes - chapel of St. Paul



Stena beach

From the hill on which the chapel stands, there is also a small and charming Stena beach located by a secluded enclosed bay. Its characteristic feature is a huge rock located centrally in the waters of a small bay. It is located right next to the beach, from which it is separated only by a narrow strip of water. This beach is completely unorganized. Only local residents like to use it, and owners of campers. No tourist guides mention this place, which is a shame because it is a charming place. If you have already reached Kali Limenes and have seen the chapel of St. Paweł, it is also worth going down to the Stena beach.

Stena Beach - Kali Limenes

Makria Ammos beach

The main beach of Kali Limenes is Makria Ammos, located west of this town. Coming here from the mountains you can not miss it. Covered with fine gray gravel, Makria Ammos is about 1 km long. In our opinion, it can be included in one of the most interesting beaches of Crete. In its middle part there are characteristic small rocks emerging from the water. The larger one located closer to the shore is called Aspros Volakas (White Rock), the smaller one lying a bit further is Mavros Volakas (Czarna Skała). Looking at them in the pictures, basically you know where these names came from. This is a favorite place for teenagers, because rocks are a good place to jump into the water.


Makria Ammos is also known as Tamarisks , because of tamarisks growing along the coast. These interesting trees offer sunbathers shade, which is carefully used by them, because there are no sunbeds with umbrellas. Where trees grow in the largest density, the Greeks willingly pitch their tents. At this point, it's worth knowing that the isolated eastern part of Makria Ammos is very popular among naturists.

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Knossos
Knossos

Knossos

Knossos is one of the flagship monuments visited by tourists, it is also the most popular place where organized trips go.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Margarites
Margarites

Margarites

Dozens of craft workshops located in this small mountain village make Margarites one of the four main centers where traditional Cretan ceramics are made.

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Heraklion - airport
Heraklion - airport

Heraklion - airport

International airport. Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion is currently the largest airport in Crete.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Rethymnon
Rethymnon

Rethymnon

Rethymnon with around 40,000 inhabitants are the third largest city of Crete. This place was populated already in the Minoan period. Historically, the city was an important commercial center.

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Thrapsano
Thrapsano

Thrapsano

Thrapsano is a small town inhabited by slightly over 2,500 people, the vast majority of which until recently maintained their activity as a potter.

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Jaskinia Idi
Jaskinia Idi

Jaskinia Idi

According to Greek mythology, Zeus hid (and perhaps even gave birth) in the Ida cave. This myth is the greatest asset of this cave, which is not as interesting and beautiful as the Dikte cave.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Plakias
Plakias

Plakias

Plakias is a perfect place for people who like to spend time hiking. In the area of the town and the surrounding area, there are several hiking trails that lead to interesting beaches.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Gorge Kourtaliotiko
Gorge Kourtaliotiko

Gorge Kourtaliotiko

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Minoan Agia Triada
Minoan Agia Triada

Minoan Agia Triada

Agia Triada is a small Minoan archaeological site in the south of Crete, located near Timpaki, located on the western slope of the hill about 40 meters above sea level.

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Fajstos
Fajstos

Fajstos

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Melidoni Cave
Melidoni Cave

Melidoni Cave

Currently, Melidoni Cave (originally called Gerontospilios) is associated mainly with the tragic events that took place here in 1824.

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Koules Fortress
Koules Fortress

Koules Fortress

This fortress is a perfect example of Crete's multiculturalism. Located today in Greek hands, it was built by the Venetians, but is called a name taken from the Turkish language.

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Archeological museum
Archeological museum

Archeological museum

It is one of the most important and largest museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe.

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Tylissos
Tylissos

Tylissos

Tylissos is one of the few places in Crete that has kept its name since ancient times.

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Damnoni
Damnoni

Damnoni

Plaża w Damnoni jest położona po sąsiedzku z Plakias - popularną turystyczną miejscowością

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Agios Pavlos
Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos is a small town located on the southern coast of Crete near Saktouria.

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Triopetra
Triopetra

Triopetra

Triopetra is located at the foot of the Siderotas mountain about 52 km south of Rethymno.

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Agia Galini
Agia Galini

Agia Galini

gia Galini (Αγία Γαλήνη) jest jednym z najpopularniejszych nadmorskich kurortów na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Skinakas Observatory
Skinakas Observatory

Skinakas Observatory

The observatory is located at the top of the Skinakas mountain at an altitude of 1750 m. The idea for its construction was born in 1984.

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Armeni
Armeni

Armeni

The Late-Romanesque cemetery in Armeni is located on the outskirts of this town, located less than 10 km south of the center of Rethymno.

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Military Museum
Military Museum

Military Museum

The museum presents the dramatic history of Crete written over the last several hundred years.

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Argyroupolis
Argyroupolis

Argyroupolis

The modern settlement known as Argyroupolis was built on the site of the ancient city of Lappa (also called Lambi)

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Lentas
Lentas

Lentas

Lentas is a good idea for those who want to get away from villages steeped in industrial tourism.

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Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos
Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

This ancient quarry, consisting of two parts by modern times, is called Λαβυρινθάκι and Λαβύρινθος.

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Archeological Museum in Eleftherna
Estiatorio Chrisopigi
Estiatorio Chrisopigi

Estiatorio Chrisopigi

If anyone of you is looking for a good restaurant near Matala and Kalamaki, then we would like to recommend estiório Chrisopigi.

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Gortyna
Gortyna

Gortyna

Gortyna is considered one of the most extensive excavations in Greece.

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Psiloritis - Timios Stavros
Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis (Timios Stavros - Holy Cross) is the top of the highest mountain of Crete, rising to 2456 m above sea level.

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Rouvas Gorge
Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge is one of the most interesting places in this part of Crete. The interesting trail leads in a perfect way to the changing appearance of this gorge.

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Matala
Matala

Matala

Matala is one of the most popular towns not only of the southern coast but also of the whole of Crete. In the 1960s and 1970s, this small fishing village was a mecca for hippies.

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Monastery of Odigitrias
Monastery of Odigitrias

Monastery of Odigitrias

The Odigitrias Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries of southern Crete. Unfortunately, in terms of popularity, he is far from other Cretan monasteries.

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Kali Limenes
Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes (meaning Dobre Porty or Piękny Przystanie) is a coastal town located in the Asterousia Mountains on the southern coast of Crete.

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Vathipetro
Vathipetro

Vathipetro

In addition to the famous grand palaces on the island in the Minoan period, a number of smaller residences were created. One of the most important examples is the Vathipetro discovered about 5 km north of Archanes, on the southeastern slope of Mount Juchtas in the central part of Crete.

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