Bereich & Aktivitäten

Enjoy the South-West Chania region and Paleochora with unforgettable activities. Visit Elafonisi, Falasarna beach, hike Samaria Gorge and join for the dolphin and whale spotting. Paleochora is a small town in Chania prefecture. Paleochora is located 77 km south of Chania, on the southwest coast of Crete and occupies a small peninsula 400m wide and 700m long. The town is set along 11 km of coastline bordering the Libyan Sea. It is the capital town of the municipality of Kandanos, in the province of Selino and its population is more than 2000 people.
Going to Paleochora

Going to Paleochora

Going to Paleochora from Chania/Heraklion airport
  1. 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.
  2. By taxi (Chania airport 90-110 €), (Heraklion airport 180-220 €).
  3. 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

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. 

Information for Agia Irini Canyon

Anidri

Anidri

This gorge is the nearest to Paleohora. Nature here is wild and friendly at the same time. One can find here a representative variety of Cretan's plants, flowers and herbs - like diktamo (the famous Cretan Mountain tea), sage, oregano and a lot of others. It is a walk of about 1 hour from the village Anydroi, which is 5 kms outside of Paleohora up in the mountains, to the beautiful three beaches of Yanniskari. From there it is another hour to come back to Paleohora.

Anidroi Village and Canyon

Azogyres

Azogyres

Azogires is a beautiful and unique village in the mountains, it is mentioned in many tourist guides as the “Paradise Village”. In the village you will find a coffee shop which is also the village Information Center.The valley is perfect for hikers and nature lovers with many trekking paths such as the famous Anidri path and the Azogires Spaniakos. Also close by are the 99 Holy Fathers Monastery and museum, the grave of the legendary local Priest and hero Gabriel Papagrigorakis, the Holy Tree, as the old Venetian style bridge and the olive oil factory. You can observe the 2000 year old olive trees and buy their oil at the coffee shop. Furthermore, you can visit the mystical Alfa water falls, the magical Alfa forest, the spiritual Koukoutsakis and Holy Fathers caves, the ancient Carved caves and St.John the Hermits Church.

Azogires

Beaches around Paleochora

Beaches around Paleochora

Paleochora is famous for the best beaches in Crete. The transparent clean water is very rare on the northern coast of Crete.It's worth mentioning that Paleochora is a small peninsula and has from both sides (East & West) unique beaches. On the west side is the long sandy beach and on the other side(East) smaller nice pebble beaches. Also,along the road to Koundoura there are so many small pebble  &  sandy paradise beaches .You can choose between busy or quiet ones. You easily can find a private one!

Beaches Paleochora

E4 paths

E4 paths

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. 



E4 Trail paths

Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge

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.

Official website of Samaria Gorge

Paleochora Restaurants

Paleochora Restaurants

Paleochora has many restaurants of all kinds, including vegetarian and genuine Cretan food. Most of them are on the harbour road and on the main street of Paleochora.In Addition, they are suitable for families because the main roads are closed during the evening and the children can play safely on the street next to the restaurant and enjoy their meal. Also, in the suburbia of Paleochora, in the direction to Koundoura, in Anidri village you can find very nice restaurants with local food.

Further information regarding Paleochora

Shopping

Shopping

For summer clothing, good and cheap. Paleochora shops are open every day including Sunday and some of them all day. That makes your life easier for last-minute shopping.
Sougia

Sougia

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.

Official website of Sougia

Nightlife in Paleochora

Nightlife in Paleochora

Several bars and few clubs in & out of the village. Palaiochora is a relaxing place at night. Although, there are many choices for getting out. Starting with a coffee and continue till next morning with marvellous cocktails, fun and music.
Vienna & Krios Beach

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.

Further information for Vienna & Krios Beach

Lissos

Lissos

Lissos was an ancient city. Located in the bay of Saint-Herons between Sougia and Palaiohora .The location is a small coastal plain and is surrounded by rocky hills. Near the sea the width of the valley is reduced to about one hundred and fifty steps is the church of Our Lady, which seems to have been built on the site of an ancient temple. The Archaeological Society of Western Crete has completed the first excavations in the ancient Lissos in the year 1957-1958, and revealed valuable building and finds that determine, the existence of a beautiful temple of God Asclepius. 

Lissos Crete

Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania and 49km from Paleochora (by car) and 11km on foot(following the trekking path), in the southwesternmost tip of Crete. Elafonisi is an oblong peninsula, which often breaks in two parts by water giving the impression of being a separate island. It is a Natura 2000 protected area. The island is full of sand dunes with sea daffodils and jupiners. The endangered loggerhead sea turtle and several more rare animals and plants find shelter on the island.It is strictly forbidden to remove any plants, animals, shells and sand from the area. Exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water, reminding of the Caribbean, are formed on either sides of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its color from millions of crushed shells.




Learn more about Elafonisi

Gialiskari

Gialiskari

The secluded beaches by village Anydri, also known as Gialiskari or Dialiskari, are surely some of the most beautiful beaches of West Crete. Gialiskari is located 4km east of Paleochora and 80km South of Chania city. The beaches are the easternmost part of the coastline of Paleochora, having an overall length of 18km.

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.

Gialiskari

Archery (Toxovolia Artemis)

Archery (Toxovolia Artemis)

A beautiful place in the nature for archery. It is surrounded by olive trees and the sound of the wind. Totally recommended as a local activity due to privilege of being suitable for all ages.

Archery in Crete

Museum of Akritans

Museum of Akritans

On 9 July 2006 the new museum made its first steps, after strenuous efforts by both the Center of Folklore and the Municipality of Pelekanos, hoping to become an important center of education, culture and entertainment for Paleochora and Crete in general. After all, this was something that was missing.

Museum for the akritans

Castel Selino

Castel Selino

The fortresses built by the Venetians along the south shores of Crete were very few, perhaps because of the lack of ports and bays in the south. One of them, however, was the fort of Selino in the site of modern Paleochora. This fortress was built around the neck of a protrusion of land into the sea, so as to support the domination of the Venetians in the area, which was inhabited by many rebels. The fort was almost square, reminding of the fort Mirabelo and Kales at Ierapetra. It was equipped with two towers, one on the south side and one on the north. Like all the Venetian fortresses, it hosted quartering areas, houses of officials, a small chapel and water tanks. The aim of the two towers was to control the two bays shaped on the east and on the west. Ruins of these two towers can be seen even today.

Paleochora Fort

Sunset

Sunset

Book hotels in Paleochora by the beach.Paleochora has to offer the best sunsets of your life. The view is unique and one of a kind.It is a 'must' to spend a sunset by the beach in the duration of your holiday.