Aghia Galini - Crete, Greece

Originally a small fishing village, Agia Galini on the south coast of Crete has its streets of white painted houses crowded on three sides by mountains. It opens onto an attractive harbour which still maintains its typical Cretan appeal and a small sandy beach. From here you can visit the beautifully situated Minoan palace of Phaestos, known for its breathtaking view of Mount Dikti and the Plain of Messara. The remains are actually two distinct palaces built one on top of the other. Continue to the archaeological site at Gortyn, the Roman capital of Crete, where the Gortyn Law Code was written. It is also a place from which to explore the spectacular gorges (the nearby Samaria gorge being the most famous).