Perfect Paleochora holidays 2020
Paleochora is an ideal choice of holiday resort for immersing yourself fully in the traditional Crete atmosphere. Located in the south-west of Crete, 77 kilometres south of Chania, Paleochora is popular with families and couples alike. With just 2,000 residents in the village, Paleochora has a small-village feel with a welcoming ambience, a selection of attractions and excellent amenities. The village has a supermarket and a number of small shops, as well as an outdoor cinema which attracts large crowds in the evening.
Paleochora has two main beaches which are ideal for sunbathing and numerous water sports including snorkelling, scuba diving and windsurfing. The beautiful natural surroundings are great for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy hiking, climbing and bird-watching. You’ll also be within easy reach of a number of other resorts including Agia Irini, Loutro, Samaria and the more remote Elafonissi island for a varied, eclectic Greek holiday experience.
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There's no shortage of pebbly beaches in Paleochora, so grab a deck chair and get relaxing
Sample the local food
Make sure you enjoy a traditional Greek meal during your Paleochoro holiday
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Stunning mountain scenery and clear waters... what more could you ask for?
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Your guide to Paleochora holidays
Situated on the peninsula between two bays on the spectacular south-western coast of Crete, Paleochora offers the best in authentic Cretan charm with glimmering blue waters, a variety of beautiful beaches and striking mountainous scenery. There are a number of cafés and restaurants overlooking the seafront, as well as in the main village centre. For those looking to immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of the area, there’s a set of Venetian ruins close by. For a wider variety of attractions and places of interest Paleochora can be used as a base to visit the nearby Samaria Gorge and smaller, but just as impressive, Agia Irini. If you’re searching for a secluded spot for some tranquil relaxation, take a boat trip to the close by island of Gavdos. Here you’ll find a similar mountainous backdrop, glittering waters and beautiful beaches with a more unspoilt, authentic feel and more limited amenities, giving a sense of having the place to yourself.
The stunning south-west coast of Crete has a number of vibrant spots along the coastline with three things in common: striking mountain backdrops, shimmering waters and beautiful beaches. When it comes to Paleochora, the main beach offers almost a kilometre stretch of soft golden sands and pleasant swimming conditions. Pachia Ammos beach – the name means ‘thick sand’ – is the proud recipient of a European Union Blue Flag Award, so you can rest assured that the water is clean and the beach is well maintained.
The second beach in Paleochora itself is known as Halikia or Votsala Beach, and is positioned to the front of the main street. This beach is ideal for those who dislike sand blowing in their faces or sticking to them, and has a gently shelving beach that’s ideal for young children, more mature holidaymakers and those with limited mobility. In the surrounding area, you’ll find a number of hidden gems at Gyaliskari and Gianiskari around four kilometres to the east. The coastline here is dramatically littered with huge rocks, and leads to a cluster of beaches known as Anidri Beach, at the entrance of the gorge at Anidri Village. This is a lovely place for a day trip to the beach that offers you more variety, as one of the beaches is sandy and the other two are pebbled, while all the beaches have good amenities including parasols and beach tavernas.
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