Palaiochora is a coastal town and is located on the southwest coast of Crete, 70 km from Chania and 200 km from Heraklion. It is built on a peninsula between two picturesque bays. It is washed by the Libyan Sea and is rightly considered the “Nymph of the Libyan Sea” and “Land of the Sun”. The beaches of Paleochora have been awarded the Blue Flag by the European Union for their cleanliness. There are countless of them, just choose the one you like the most.
The holidays in Paleochora will be unforgettable. It is no coincidence that this seaside settlement in south-west Crete is extremely popular with locals and visitors, Greeks and foreigners who flock to its beautiful beaches and picturesque narrow streets every summer.
Paleochora has the natural privilege of being located between two gulfs, the eastern and the western. The small peninsula, on which it is located, begins with the surrounding mountains that protect it from the strong seasonal north winds. That is, what the visitor admires first is the alternation of mountain ranges and volumes, with low vegetation of aromatic shrubs and plants. This rare and somewhat wild landscape is automatically followed, upon entering Paleochora, by a flat and tame plain, the plain of Paleochora. Its boundaries are asymmetrical and are determined by the Libyan Sea.
The charming whitewashed houses of Paleochora draped with oleander and bougainvillaea, the pretty paths and streets with cosy cafes with their decorative facades, and especially the beautiful tree-lined "town promenade" illuminated by pretty wrought-iron street lamps will catch your attention. All this and the enchanting vistas that envelop Paleochora on three sides, seductively revealing the many layers of bridal crinoline: the lure of the town itself, the heavenly selection of beaches and the wild wonders beyond. Paleochora, the rival of the coastal cities, is unbeatable; it is a real catch. It seems the whole world wants to see Paleochora, the bride of the Libyan Sea.
The sandy beach is shallow and suitable for families with small children. The distance between the beaches is not very big. You can go swimming on one beach and lie down and dry off on the other. In the evenings, the place is crowded with tourists and locals having a drink or a glass of wine before dinner, watching the world go by. The main street is closed to car traffic in the evening. Then the taverns, ouzerias and bars put their tables and chairs on the street. We promise you that it will be as cosy and pleasant as it looks in the picture below. There are many taverns and most of them serve good traditional Greek dishes.