The secluded bay of Pera Galini is located 48km east of Rethymno and 39km west of Heraklion, near the village of Sisses. The name “Pera Galini” is famous to most Cretans because of the local garbage disposal centre, which accepts the garbage of the city of Heraklion. Almost nobody knows that there is a beach nearby, however severely degraded by the local landfill.
The two adjacent beaches of the area are accessible via a bad dirt road that starts from the highway near the village of Sisses. They are secluded and open to northern winds. Here, you will sometimes find a few swimmers mainly originating from the region. Both beaches are sandy and have rocks in most places. The sea was very severely infected several years earlier by the nearby disposal centre, but with the new configuration of the landfill, it is now cleaner and somehow safe for swimming.
On the east edge of the longest beach, the small cape of Kefali is formed. The ruins of a Minoan settlement at Kefali, which is thought to have been an important port in the region, have been discovered there. You will see the excavations with plastic covers reminding of greenhouses, which are still in progress and have brought a sanctuary to light. It is considered that the settlement was destroyed by an earthquake.
Moreover, close to the beach, there are the ruins of a former monastery dedicated to Saint Anthony, from which only the chapel survives. This monastery was probably abandoned and deserted due to the constant pirate raids in the Venetian Era. The monastery is built next to a beautiful river with platan trees, which concludes at the beach, however, water is contaminated due to the landfill.
Pera Galini beach is located in the south of Crete, Greece.
Yes, Pera Galini beach is suitable for swimming.
No, there are no water sports activities available at Pera Galini beach.
Yes, Pera Galini beach is family-friendly.
Yes, there is parking available at Pera Galini beach.
No, Pera Galini beach is not accessible for people with disabilities.
No, there is no restaurant or cafe available at Pera Galini beach.
The water colour of the beach is blue.
The beach has sand as its sand type.
The beach has a normal water depth.
The sea surface at the beach is usually wavy.
The beach is usually quiet with not many people around.
There are no facilities available at the beach.
The beach can be accessed through a dirt track.
No, there is no other information available about the beach.
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