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Komos and Kalamaki in southern Crete

The beaches of Komos and Kalamaki are located just north of Matala and are among the most beautiful beaches I have seen. It is the same beach, though with different names.


Komos and Kalamaki beach close to Matala in Crete.

Komos beach.



The first part of the beach is called Komos and it is closest to Matala. You understand what I mean by beautiful beach when standing above Komos, looking out over the sea and the enormously long sandy beach. It will not be more beautiful than this.


Kalamaki beach between the beaches of Komos and Kokkinos Pyrgos in Crete.

Kalamaki beach between the beaches of Komos and Kokkinos Pyrgos.

What is surprising is that neither Komos nor Kalamaki are particularly exploited. Here are huge potentials for mass tourism. It will certainly be so one day, but yet there is time to enjoy this oasis. Hotels are only available in Kalamaki.

The Kalamaki beach ends in the small tourist resort of Kokkinos Pyrgos where there are plenty of hotels and some tavernas. I think that Kokkinos Pyrgos is a rather dull village and I would not want to stay there, but I know those who think differently.


Kalamaki beach. Matala. Crete.

Kalamaki beach.


Komos beach is on the left (not shown in the picture) and Kokkinos Pyrgos at the far right. Matala is located a few kilometres south of the place from where I have taken the picture above.


Café and hotel at Kalamaki beach in Crete.

Café at Kalamaki beach.


The border between the regional unit of Heraklion and the regional unit of Rethymno runs just west of Kokkinos Pyrgos. If you continue the coastal road to the west you will come to for example Agia Galini, the palm beach of Preveli and the pleasant tourist resort of Plakias.


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