Places of interest


Beaches around PALEOCHORA

Some lanscapes you may find around PALEOCHORA

First ... RELAX : it is the perfect place for that !
In Paleochora, you will find 2 beaches : the long (near 1 km long) Sandy Beach ("Pachia Amos") on the west side of the peninsula - with a nudist corner - and the Pebble Beach on the other side.
Outside of Paleochora : to the east, past the camping, the beautiful Gialiskari beaches (3km) - nudism possible - and to the east ,several small beaches, Granmeno beaches (5 km) and Krios beach (7 km)
Hikes, Excursions
The natural surrounding of the area is very popular among walkers coming from all over the world to discover its beautiful landscapes and what'ever your hability for walking is, you will find convenient Walks :
- gorge walks : Samaria Gorge (the longest in Europe), Irini Gorge...
- mountain walks : Gingilos, Kallergi refuge...
- coastal walks : Elafonissi, Souda - Paleochora passing the archaiological site of Lissos...
- countryside walks : you have a large choice. The book of Bob and Lynne Tait that you can find in the Delfini Bookshop can help you to make a choice...
An easy and nice walk, by example, is to go from Paleochora to the village of Anidri (1 h.). You can stop there for a meal or a drink in the kafeneion of the village (To Skoleio - the school) under a large olive tree on a terrace with sea view. Then reach Gialiskari Beach (45 mn) through a nice gorge. There you can have a rest and a swimm, a drink in the cantina (or a meal) then come back along the sea side (45 mn).
All the walks can be done without a guide and we can give you some advices if you need. If you prefer to have guided walks, you have the choice between 2 travel agencies (mainly for Samaria gorge). The other - and nicest - alternative is to call Suzanna (69 4258 5113) who is a guide here since 7 years and who accompany individuals, famillies or small groups.
There is a diving center in Paleochora
Paleochora was a popular place among windsurfers by the past and there was even a school and the possibility to rent board. But the winds were apparently too irregular and often too strong at certain periods. So, people left and it's even not possible to rent boards...Times are changing !...
You can rent sea kayaks on the Peeble Beach or buy a fishing rod...
Night life
One discotheque, the Paleochora Club, in front of the camping with, sometimes, life music and several bars open all the night where it is possible to dance like the Skala bar. Some others propose sometimes life music.
You can also simply have a drink (or more...) in one of the numerous cafes of the main street (like our kafeneion Gianis Place) and meet other people : Paleochora is an easy place for that. No cars around : the tables are out onto the pavements.

The looking likes Polynesian lagoons of
Elafonissi (you can reach from Paleochora by boat) and Gramvoussa with its Venitian fortress located on the top of the island of the same name. The natural port of Loutro and its surrounding you can access only by boat or by feet. The island of Gavdos where Calypso would have kept Odysseus for a while with its very special atmosphere. Lissos and its remains from the Dorian period you can reach by feet from Sougia. Naturally, the 16 km long impresive Samaria Gorge and the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) which plounge from 2400m. hign to the Libyan Sea.
You will not find remains from the Minoan period in the Hania area (only some have been found recently in Hania). All the sites are more recent and are mainly from the Roman period like,
Aptera (near Hania), Polyniria (near Kastelli), Falasarna (all of the site is now 8 m. higher than it was 24 centuries ago) and Lissos (near Sougia). They are not so impressive than Knossos or other archaeological sites you can find in the east of Crete but they are located in very nice surrounding. Other remains are from the Venitian and the Turkish occupation.
You can visit some
monasteries and quite a number of small chapels with Byzantine icones. Or be in touch with the Cretan rural life having a stop in one of the numerous countryside village of the area. The old Venitian part of Hania is also worst a visit. You can also go to the village of Milia which has been rebuilt like it was in the ancient times with a Taverna proposing meals made with natural loal products.

What to do in PALEOCHORA ?






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