Going to Paleochora
- You can rent a car for your holidays with no extra airport charge.! There are also one-way rentals from/to the airport,that you could arrange.
- By taxi (Chania airport 90-110 €), (Heraklion airport 180-220 €).
- By taxi from the airport to the bus station and then by bus to Paleochora. We can advise you more further about all the ways of your travelling by contact us.
Agia Irini Canyon
The gorge of Agia Irini is formed at the west side of the White Mountains, at province Selino. It got its name from the village Agia Irini (Saint Irene) located near the entrance, 46 km from Chania. Its length is 7.5 km and crossing it takes almost three hours. The gorge ends up in the seaside village of Sougia with the clean and beautiful beach, where you can enjoy a memorable swimming in the waters of the South Cretan Sea. The gorge is part of the European footpath E4. It’s south entrance is located 5 kilometers to the north of Sougia. It is listed to the NATURA 2000 protected areas and has also been designated as a wildlife reserve by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Beaches around Paleochora
Paleochora is a crosspath for many E4 trekking paths but recommended is the Paleochora-Lissos-Sougia trail. This amazing hike is about 16km long and takes about 5-6 hours. The trail is clear and well-marked with the typical E4 trail back-yellow signs. It crosses the archaeological site of Lissos, where you can find water from the local spring. It isn't too difficult but plenty of water, sun protection and steady shoes are recommended.
The Samaria Gorge is the most famous and largest gorge in Europe and a part of the European E4 hiking trail.It is a National Park, part of Natura 2000 and is protected all year. Horde of Tourists daily in the summer season are here to walk from the top to the bottom. For many visitors, it is the sole purpose of their visit to Crete. The length of the gorge reaches 14.5km and takes almost 5-7 hours to hike from Xyloskalo at Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli beach, depending on the trekking pace.From Agia Roumeli, you can get a ferry connection to Paleochora.
The small village of Sougia in the south-west of Crete,1hour from Paleochora with a car and has managed to remain unaffected by the growth of tourism in Crete. It is still a peaceful haven, with a long beach, and excellent places to eat.
You can visit Sougia either on foot from Paleochora with the E4 trail, or with the ferry boat. Sougia is an ancient city used to called Syia.You can find plenty of archaeological sites including the magnificent Lissos and Eliros.
Nightlife in Paleochora
Vienna & Krios Beach
The Lake of Krios or Viena is located 10km west of Paleochora and 90km south of Chania. The beach is located on the European footpath E4 that links Paleochora and Elafonissi, about 20-30 minutes from Krios beach. The beach is mainly rocky, with sand in some places. It is protected by a large number of rocks, that form a small enclosed bay that locals call a lake (Limni). There are no facilities in the area and there is actually one only tamarisk tree on the beach. The Lake of Krios is one of the most unknown and secluded, but also amazing, beaches of Crete and is located right in the site of the ancient city of Viena. So, you will see marble columns lying on the beach and under water. On the beach and surrounding area are shards and potsherds of urns and amphora. It has been said that Viena was a Hellenistic/Roman sanctuary and that a temple once stood here. The rectangular base can still be seen.
Gialiskari is nudism friendly, like most beaches of Paleochora. In order to get to Gialiskari from Paleochora, follow the dirt track leading to the east. After the camping, follow the road along the beach till you meet the peninsula. There is also a sign to “Gialiskari”. If you don’t have a car, you can walk the 4km to the beach, but is usually very hot.