Agia Pelagia is a small coastal town with a lovely beach, suitable for relaxing holidays in Crete. Only 20 kilometres west of Heraklion, as the national road drifts high above the coastline, you'll begin to see the first impressive pictures of Agia Pelagia – the type of pictures that postcards are made of.
Agia Pelagia has developed around its shores, so that's where you'll find many of the tavernas and cafeterias. In the center of Agia Pelagia you will find super markets, tourism offices, pharmacy, an ATM, tourist and souvenir shops and the taxi stand. The Agia Pelagia bay is protected from the wave-creating north winds, and the sea is almost always serene. At the weekends, many people from Heraklion find refuge on its sandy shores for a cooling dip in the azure waters.
There is no intense night life here. There are, of course, a good selection of bars and cafes to enjoy your favourite drink, but Agia Pelagia is mainly for people interested in calm, relaxing seaside holidays.
There are many restaurants and tavernas featuring Cretan, Greek or international cuisine, and all have a beautiful view of the sea.
And at night, when the beach is empty and the sounds of the day fade away, Agia Pelagia is even a more magical site. Whether looking at it from an elevated hilltop or sitting so close you can almost reach out and touch it, Agia Pelagia is the place where you will enjoy a relaxing holiday on Crete.
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