Paleochora village is located 77 kilometers south of Chania in southwest Crete, offers attractions, history, activities in a magic background. The beaches are considered among the best in southwestern Crete. They shape a pristine coastline that stretches 18 km away from the city. As the bride who spreads her white veil, Paleochora proudly displays its beaches that stretch sequentially one after the other along the Libyan Sea in the southwest side of Crete.
Pahia Ammos beach: It is a long sandy beach with a length of one kilometer around the west coast of Paleochora village.
The beach Pahia Ammos is awarded a Blue Flag of the EU, which means that the water is clean and the beach meets all necessary conditions for safe swimming.
Votsala beach (pebble beach): the second beach in Paleochora is the pebble beach on the east side. The beach lies along the main street with the most restaurants and taverns. Throw away your clothes and dive, and then head across the street to eat. Votsala beach is also for those who do not like to lie down on the sand. Especially on days with strong winds on this beach, you will not have the sand whipping you.
Gialiskari beach: East of Paleochora village, about 4 km away, is a small treasure of small beaches located in Gyaliskari. Follow the dirt road that goes east after the organized camping along the coast until the end. The coast here has large rocks. The three beaches in Gialiskari are next to each other. The two of them are called “Anidroi” because they are at the exit of the gorge from the village “Anidroi”.
Grammeno beaches: If you are looking for something more special, keep going west. Four kilometers west of Paleochora is Grammeno, the beautiful peninsula with cedars, many beaches, camping and tavern with delicious food. The beach has small pebbles and stretches west, while in the east side is a sandy beach and 2-3 small coves among the cedars on the peninsula of Grammeno.
Krios beach: Approximately 10 km west of Paleochora village lies Krios, a great beach, which is certainly worth a visit. It is after the village Kountoura with many greenhouses. Krios beach is pebbly and there is a canteen and umbrellas.
As for nudism, there is no beach in Paleochora exclusively for nudists. However in almost all you can find some visitors who want to enjoy a swim free of the slightest piece of cloth. The end of the long beach Pahia Ammos is suitable for naturists throughout the season. In the beaches of Gialiskari, such as “Anidroi”, nudism is more usual during the days with few people. The same is for Krios and west bays in Grammeno. Without doubt, the beaches are wonderful, and many. Explore one – one and choose the one that suits you best.
The sea adventure and exploration of the coastal settlements of the area are perfectly feasible from Paleochora: swimming, windsurfing, fishing, diving, hiking and kayak. Take the boat from Paleochora to Sougia, Loutro, Agia Roumeli, Sfakia, or the island of Gavdos, the island of the nymph Calypso. By boat you can also visit Elafonisi beach with the pink sand and the famous lagoon. Also in Paleochora is based the Institute of Cetacean Research “Sea”, which since 1999 offers 7days voluntary ecotourism programs “Meet the Sperm Whales and Dolphins of Southern Crete”. The depth of the sea southwest of Paleochora village is extremely large and displays the largest concentration of sperm whales in the Mediterranean, as well as many species of dolphins.
Rent a car, bike or motorbike and explore the nearby beaches from the beach Anidri east to the west coast Krios. The total length of the coast is 18 km, so imagine how many beaches you can visit!
Things Paleochora can offer to visitors
There are holiday villas near Paleochora, offering high-quality accommodation. The area around the village is an excellent option for you to stay, as you will have the ability of daily excursions in Paleochora. You will find many restaurants and taverns, a few cafes and bars, open-air cinema, supermarket, bakery, souvenir shops, bank, ATM, taxis, rental cars and anything you need for your holiday. There is plenty of nightlife in Paleochora, but definitely it is not a place for intense entertainment, like Platanias, Hersonissos and Malia.
Access to Paleochora
Access to Paleochora village can be done either by bus or car. You drive ahead the coastal road of Chania, leading to Tavronitis. From Tavronitis you take the road to Voukolies. After you pass the villages “Floria”, “Kantanos” and “Agia Triada”, you reach Paleochora.
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