Paleochora Travel Guide

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A beautiful, smaller town in the extreme south-west corner of Crete, Paleochora is a great get-away from some of the larger Cretan cities like Heraklion. 

Because it's locked up on a penninsula, it feels like a very small place. There isn't too much space for growth either, because of the mountains. On either side of town, there is a beach: one sandy on the west side, one rocky.

It's a great place to relax. But you can also take a boat to the end point of the Samaria gorge, which is one of the greatest walks in Europe. Paleochora is the ideal town to stay in for anyone hoping to walk the Samaria gorge (14km but not too difficult). The boat trip between town and the end of the gorge alone is worth the money: the coast is completely unspoiled. You might get jealous at people with their own boat though, because they can just stop at any deserted beach they see. This is also a coastline rich in schools of dolphin. Dolphin-spotting trips can easily be arranged in Paleochora harbour.

The main streets are blocked to traffic in the evenings and the resteraunts and tavernas set up tables in the road. There are 2 easy-to-find ATMs. Evening activities include the obligatory Volta around the village, several small disco bars, a large and very active open air night club about 1 kilometer out of town and an open air cinema - which allegedly shows Zorba the Greek once a week!

The roads linking Paleochora to the north coast of Crete and Chania through rocky ravines and olive groves are unforgettably dramatic and beautiful.


January 24, 2005 change by joosts

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