Agia Galini Crete
A picturesque village of 1,650 inhabitants, Agia Galini with its
flagstone paved alleys, traditional whitewashed houses and
quaint little harbour is a popular seaside resort located some
56km southeast of Rethymno.
The houses and hotels are all built on a steep slope that looks out to sea. In ancient times it was the location of the ancient village of Soulina or Soulia and it is thought that in antiquity the village was the site for worshipping of the goddess Artemis.
At a later date, the Monastery of Galinios Christ was constructed on the ruins of the temple of Artemis and, from whence, comes the name of the village. From the little harbour it is possible to take a trip on a traditional kayaki (fishing boat) to visit the many interesting nearby caves and marvel at the beautiful turquoise sea.
There are also daily excursions available eastwards to Matala as well as to the beautiful beaches of Agios Georgios and Agios Paulos to the west.