Most visitors call Haraki 'Heaven on earth'. And there is ample reason to believe so. Surmounted by the ruins of the Feraklos fortress, the resort of Haraki (or Charaki, 8 km south of Archangelos) extends around a semicircular bay. There are no large hotels here, individual holidaymakers predominate. Here you fill find several small guesthouses without a separating road directly in front of the pebbly beach.
The sight of children searching for shells among the pebbles, couples gazing out to sea from the balconies of their rented rooms, sun-burned mothers wheeling push-chairs up and down - the attractive little bay of Haraki definitely offers a family atmosphere.
Along the promenade directly in front of the beach of Haraki you will find mini-markets, restaurants, cafes, and a foreign press agency. Many of the cafes and restaurants also offer breakfast.
The castle in Haraki
In Byzantine times, in 1306 to be more specific, the fortress overlooking the bay of Haraki was conquered by the Knights of St. John. In 1470 Grand Master Giovanni Battista degli Orsini had the fortress modernized. The castle was mainly used as a prison for prisoners of war and as a place of exile for Knights who had been found guilty of breaking the law. In addition, it protected the numerous sugar cane plantations, whose harvests were processed in a sugar refinery immediately below the castle. Archaeologists have uncovered minor traces of it.
Today there is little left of the fortress overlooking Haraki. From the north side of the hill there is a beautiful view over the fertile land around Malona and Massari, the beach of Kalathos, as well as over the beach of Agathi, and of course Haraki bay at its feet.