Nearby is the sandy beach of Komos. At both of these places there are further tavernas, and little shops.
Not far away is the typical Cretan farming village of Kamilari, which has kept its original character, and remains largely untouched by tourism. Kamilari is picturesquely set on a hill, with fabulous panoramic views over the Ida mountains, over the fertile Messara plain and to the sea beyond. Thanks to Greek hospitality, the warm welcome given to children and rural village life, it is the sort of place where one quickly feels at home. Alongside the small shops there are Greek tavernas and kafeneions, which will give you a flavour of Cretan village life. Around the village there are lots of places to explore, perhaps by setting off on foot along some of the country footpaths, or going further afield by car. Among some of the possible outings to choose from are the Minoan archaeological sites at Phaistos and Agia Triada, only 3 km away, and Matala with its famous cliff side caves.
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