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PALEOCHORA - CHANIA
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Paleochora is a popular lively resort at the base of the White Mountains on the south-west coast of Crete; it’s actually a “real village” with a constant population all the year round.

 

 

Nestling on a small peninsular in a natural environment with fabulous scenery, Paleochora sits on a promontory between two bays, the west bay has one of the finest sandy beaches in the whole of Crete, a long and wide crescent, shaded by tamarind trees, east bay is smaller with a pebbly beach and a small harbour, it’s less attractive than its sandy neighbour though it does have the advantage of lots of good tavernas nearby and easier access to the town.

 

In the old town with its narrow streets shaded by mulberry trees, traditional authentic Greek life continues side by side with modern-day activities. The warm hospitality of the locals and their friendly temperament, make visitors feel part of their way of life.  But what is unique here is the evening, when the central area and the eastern sea front is closed to traffic and all the restaurants spill out into the streets and the squares; along the sea front many restaurants have tables on the waters edge where you can sit and enjoy a nightcap or if you’re up to it enjoy late nights in one of the bustly bars and clubs that the village has to offer.

 

The resort of Paleochora is a good base to explore the many wonderful sites in the surrounding countryside, its one of main villages closest to the famous Samaria Gorge, a must for any tourist visiting the area, other popular day trips are by boat to Gavdos Island, the southernmost point of Europe the charming traffic-less village of Loutro and seeing the dolphins swim.

 

Paleochora appeals to those who are looking for a beach destination in a scenic setting with plenty of buzz but are anxious to avoid the really big over-developed resorts.

 

JOURNEY TIME
Chania Airport to Paleochora is approx 80Kms (50miles) - 1hr 45mins by taxi
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