Iremia is just a short walk
from the shops and restaurants of
The village of
Kamilari is located 2,5 km west of the
archaeological sight of Festos and 2.5 km from the sea and the
resort of Kalamaki.
The name of the village is of Byzantine origin, and is derived
from the world "kamilaris" meaning the one who rides a
camel. There is also a camel farm on the road to Kalamaki!
Kamilari is built on the top of three
hills, Evgora, Goulas and Alevrota, and it has 341 inhabitants.
Its houses are built from stone and have two-stories.
The village is known for its climate which is
temperate and there is sunshine nine months every year.
A Public Bus Service is
claimed to operate from the village. However, we have yet to
see a bus.
The road passes through the Messara
valley, one of the most beautiful and fertile areas in Crete.
is a quiet, traditional village, with a panoramic view to the
endless olive groves of the Messara valley on the
one side, and to the Libyan sea on the other side.
It has been inhabited since the Minoan period.
One of the seven wise men of the ancient world, Epimenidis,
a great wise man and a soothsayer, lived in a small community
outside Kamilari, called Metohi.
The old village is built on the top
of the hill Evgora. From this site the inhabitants could have an
overview of the enemy, to the Messara valley for the Turks and to
the Libyan sea for the pirates.
people are hospitable with a great respect to the
tradition, that passes from generation to generation.
The village organizes feasts during the Carnival, while
during the Resurrection day in Easter, old customs come to life,
like burning the Judas.
Great fairs are also organized during the feast-days of the
village on the 27th of July and on the 6th of August.
In the village you can find, a hotel,
traditional guest houses and rooms to rent. A small
supermarket can meet most of your daily needs. Kamilari has four Tavernas: Milonas, Kelari, Acropolis, and "The Pizzeria". You can
buy snacks, refreshments, ice cream and home made cakes at "To
Steki". There are also two caffeneo.
There is plenty to do in and around the
- Kamilari has a
Minoan tomb and
other archaeological remains
Kalamaki (2.5km) A good beach,
many tavernas and bars. A good 45 minute walk.
Festos (4km by road). One of the
archaeological sites on Crete. A good 45 minute walk through
the olive groves.
Agia Triada (6km by road)
There is also an
Matala. The place where many
escaped in the 60's including Joni Mitchell. Lots of tavernas
but no Mermaid Café.
- Near Plakias about an one hour drive.
- Boat trips from Agia Galini.
About 1/2 hr drive
- Bird Watching
Gortyn - (10km by road) Crete was an early home of law and
Gortyn was the most important city on the Island under the
Romans, and remained so until it was destroyed by Arab pirates
in 824 CE. The Law
Code of Gortyn is considered one of the greatest archaeological
discoveries of our time.