Kamilari Village Crete

In the Rich Messara Valley

The village is surrounded by olive groves

In the south of Crete in the Messara region is the village of Kamilari  Καμηλάρι. It is 67 km from the island's capital, Heraklion.

The local people make the joke of it being the village on a camel's back. Indeed the name could come from the fact that it sits on several hills which give it beautiful views. You can look to the Libyan Sea on one side and the Psiloritis Mountain range (2456m)  and Asterousia Mountain range on the other.

The first thing you notice about this village are the lovely gardens everywhere. The people here take pride in their village and it is great to walk around and discover this place of winding streets and typical architecture. Your first visit to Kamilari won't be your last. 

Thank you to Mark Latter for the great photos of the village and surrounding areas.

Kamilari Village by Mark Latter
A restored home in the village (image by Mark Latter)A traditional home in the village.

Kamilari Village flowers (image by Mark Latter)Characteristic family home in the village.

Village homes (image by Mark Latter)
The village cats looking for a pat...

Eating Out in Kamilari

Taverna in Kamilari, Crete

There are nice restaurants and cafes and a great pizzeria in the village, as well as a traditional kafenion where the locals feel as comfortable as if they were in their own living room.

  • Markos Kafenio is the place to go for Greek coffee
  • Ariadne Pizzeria serves wood fired pizzas
  • Milonas Taverna serves traditional Cretan food - the Spiridakis family will look after you
  • Acropolis Taverna serves local food at the centre of the village in the plateia next to the church - Vasilia and Yiannis (both senior and junior) will look after you
  • Kipos Taverna serves a mix of local and European cuisine, husband and wife Manolis and Sue will look after you
  • To Steki is the snack bar and internet cafe - Vangelis will look after you


You can stay in the village or just outside it, there are many good quality accommodation options here.

Within the village is the newly-restored manor house Oasis (above), which sleeps 2-8 people, in beautiful comfortable surroundings and all the handy services of the village on your doorstep. The quality of the restoration, the private garden and the swimming pool make this a true secluded oasis.

Koronio Natural Stone House

Just outside the village is Koronio Natural Stone House which is a beautifully constructed new home (left) with traditional style, yet modern opulence and great views to the sea...

Looking Around the Region

The village is located just inland from the beach. This beach is perfect for families with cafes and fish restaurants by the sea. It is nice to leave the beach and head inland where up on the hills it is a little cooler in summer.

You can base yourself in this hospitable village and visit Kalamaki Beach, Sivas, Pitsidia, Komos Beach, Kokkinos Pirgos, Matala Beach and Red Beach. The town of Tymbaki is a short drive away. 

Matala Crete is famous as the playground of hippies in the 60s, and its unusual rock formations creating a beautiful beach. The roman burial tombs became free accommodation for free spirits, an era which is celebrated at annual music festivals on the beach.

History Everywhere

Kamilari Fountain (image by Mark Latter)

In the centre of the village is the old fountain dating from 1929.

Roman Ruins at Gortyna

In the village you will find the old olive factory now restored and housing a museum of local folk culture and history "Fabrica" is a proud community cultural achievement celebrating the village and its roots.

Discover archaeological sites nearby like the famous Festos, the Roman ruins at Gortyna (above), and the sites at Agia Triada, Komos and the lesser known but equally important Minoan site at the Kamilari Tomb (pictured below).

Minoan Tomb near Kamilari (image by Mark Latter)The tholos tomb dates from 1800 BC

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