Kalamaki is a small seaside village located 65km southwest of Heraklion, between Matala and Kokkinos Pirgos. The beach in front of the village is only a small part (2.5 km) of the long seafront of Messara Bay. The beach has blond sand and the seabed has a long smooth rock. In front of the village, the beach is well organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, taverns, rooms, playground, water sports, etc, but if you want to stay remote you could walk to the southeast, till Kommos beach.
Kalamaki has not a remarkable history, as it is a quite new settlement. It is the seaside resort of the residents of Kamilari, a traditional village that is worth visiting.
From May to September each year you can watch the comings and goings of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle
nesting on the beach.