Welcome to Paleochora

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the Village

Paleochora is a small town located 77 km south of Chania, at the southwest coastline of Crete and it’s built on a small peninsula of 400m width and 700m length. The town is set along 11 km of coastline bordering the Libyan Sea. Paleochora is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Kalamydi.It is the capital town of the municipality of Pelekanos and its population was 2213 in the 2001 census. Paleochora’s economy is based on tourism and agriculture (mainly tomatoes cultivated in glass houses and also olive oil).

The Perfect Surrounding

It is a relaxing holiday destination since the early 1970s when it was popular with hippies. Paleochora is currently one of the fastest growing tourist towns on Crete.Paleochora’s wider area has crystal clear waters, well organised beaches, and beautiful isolated small anchorages. It is served by numerous hotels, restaurants, tavernas, cafés, bars, and nightclubs. Facilities in Paleochora include bank branches, a post office, a central telephone office, a health centre, doctor’s offices, dentists, chemists, a police station, a coast guard and customs office, and many types of stores. Ferry boats connecting the town with Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Chora Sfakion and Gavdos dock in the local harbor.

stunning scenery

If you’re looking for an action packed and energetic holiday or a relaxing beach holiday then Paleohora gives you that option.There is stunning scenery in and around this area of Crete and with the famous Samaria Gorge and the smaller (and we think nicer Agia Irini Gorge) on your doorstep there is no shortage of hiking and walking routes to explore. Alternatively if you prefer to stretch out a wonderful soft sandy beach then you have that choice too. There are two main beaches at Paleochora – one large and sandy, the other small and rocky. Both are beautiful.The village has a couple of pharmacies, banks, a bus station, butchers, bakers, greengrocers and other shops so everything you need is at hand.

Attractions Nearby

The best Crete attractions nearby to Paleochora are in easy reach either by road or boat.The spectacular Elafonisi beach is a wonder to behold. It has crystal clear turquoise waters, stunning black rocks and the most wondrous pink sand!To get to the stunning Elafonisi beach is simple from Paleochora either by road or better still by boat. The boat trip runs daily in the summer months and takes around one hour to get to Elafonisi beach.It’s also possible to get to Gavdos Island from Paleochora. Gavdos Island is the most southerly point of Europe in the middle of the Libyan Sea and has a mythical past. It is believed that Gavdos Island was Ogygia where Kalypso held Odysseus prisoner before continuing on his epic journey.

How to Get to Paleochora

From Chania to Paleochora by bus: Paleochora is located 77 kilometres south of Chania. Buses to Paleochora leave from Chania four times a day: 5:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 16:00 p.m.The bus trip takes two hours, and passes through a dozen unique villages – the most historical being Floria and Kandanos, whose inhabitants were martyred by the Germans in retaliation for their heroic collective resistance and individual courageous acts.From Heraklion to Paleochora by bus via Chania:It takes 3 hours to get to Chania from Heraklion. Buses leave every hour starting at 5:30 a.m. until 7: 30 p.m., then at 8: 00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The itinerary includes a stop at Rethymnon. At Chania you change buses to Paleochora, so the whole trip will take 5 hours if you’re lucky and catch a bus leaving for Paleochora at once. The same trip by rented car takes about 3.5 hours not counting any stops.From Chania Airport or Souda Port to Paleochora. In both cases you need to take a bus or taxi to the centre of Chania and the main KTEL bus station.Alternatively, you can rent a car and ask for it to be delivered to the airport at Akrotiri or Souda Port. With a good map you won’t have any trouble finding the road to Paleochora and getting there quickly and easily. You’ll need a hire car anyway, to explore the area and the many beaches extending across the 18 kilometres of coastline east and west of the town. 
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