Crete> Paleochora

Paleochora is a large village on the south west of Crete which has been a popular town for tourism over many years. The town of Paleohora has an amazing beachfront of white sand.


During the high season this small village gets very busy with tourists and holidaymaker´s so be prepared for this. Paleohora is not a quiet traditional town compared to the likes of Sfakia and Loutro in the same area.

You can get to the village very easily by local bus from Chania or by renting a car, when the last bus leaves for Chania in the evening the small village comes alive with the sounds and scents of Cretan Taverna´s cooking up the local catch of the day in preparation for a busy night.


Paleohora General Information

Paleohora is one of those villages you could just sit in a local cafe or Tavern and watch the world go by with a frappe or ice cold beer. The beaches in this area cater well for the holidaymaker and you will find plenty of sun loungers and beach bars here to cater for your taste.

Paleohora sits on a peninsula with Pachia Chalikia the pebble beach facing east, and Pahia Ammos the sandy beach facing west. The sandy beach of Pahia Ammos is always the busier of the two beaches.

The reason this small village of Paleohora seems to always be so busy is the daily arrival and departure of ferries from around Crete and Greece. Jumping on a boat or ferry means you can explore further the smaller villages of Crete and even Agia Roumeli which sits at the end of the stunning Samaria Gorge.

If you want to explore into the town of Paleohora then you’re in for a few treats, the streets are all very well laid out and it’s easy to find your way around, but between the browsing and shopping that its guaranteed you will do, it’s best to sit and relax in a cafe bar or two.

The ones most recommended are Atoli, with full internet access and oriental which sits on the beachfront of Paleohora.

If you choose to holiday here you will have a wonderful time interacting with the locals, exploring the countryside and village beaches, but if you don’t holiday here make a good choice in your holidays and visit the town via local bus just for the day.