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Paximadia islands
Messara Bay, Iraklion
Two small dry and uninhabited islets off the bay of Messara, ~7.5 naut. miles to the west of Matala. Due to their close proximity to one another the two islands appear as one from a distance. They are also called "elephantaki" as from north they look like a baby elephant that is lying down. In mythology it is believed that the goddess Lito gave birth to the god Apollon and the goddess Artemis on these islands. In antiquity they were called Dionissioi after the god Dionissos.
During the summertime there are small cruising boats that bring tourists here from Agia Galini and Kokkinos Pyrgos. There is only a small beach with fine pebble and rich seabed at the south side of the easternmost islet.

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Agios Pavlos Beach
South Rethymnon
at 10.8km (N)
Agia Galini town
South Rethymnon
at 12.4km (NE)
Red beach
Matala, South - West Iraklion
at 13.5km (E)
Matala village
Messara, South - West Iraklion
at 13.6km (E)

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