Paleochora is a beautifull place to visit and spend your vacations or even retire there. It is believed that Paleochora is build on the ruins of ancient kalamidi. It has many hotels and restaurants for you to choose from starting at the lowest prices until some reasonable ones.
One thing is for sure, what you are looking for you will find it here. If you are a swimmer Paleochora has a variety of beaches for you to choose from. You see, Paleochora is like a peninsula so if there is wind on one side you can swim on the other this way you dont ruin your holidays.
On one side is the famous sandy beach awarded with the blue flag near their is grameno beach a very quiet place to swim then you continue towards kountoura where you can find the beach krios somewhere that you can be alone if you walk a little bit more from krios towards elafonisi you will find your self at the roman harbour a little beach located amongst ancient roman ruins if we go to the other side of Paleochora there is the area of gavgiotika with some small beaches then is the halikia beach or as the tourists call it pebble beach right besides that is keratides a small beach located at Paleochora camping and then is anidri beach also a nice place if you are a nudist .
Inside Paleochora is the famous fort forteza also known as castelo selino build by the Venetian douke marinos granedinos in the year 1278 which was once raded by the famous pirate barbarosa it was also the point where in ww2 the germans had an anti air craft cannon.if you like visiting churches Paleochora has many the main church is evagelistria then in kampos area is st. Anthony up by panorama is a church builded by my uncle paulos koukoutsakis called analipseos by milos is st. Jonh then you have agi apostoli and st. Kosmas near the camping is agia triada and agia paraskevi if you are a festival buff you can visit these churches when they celebrate and you can eat together with the locals the offerings brought by the people in onour to the saint of that particular church you can also visit tripa by milos a cave carved in the second world war by the germans as an amunition shelter.
Near Paleochora is anidri with two beautifull churches st.george with mosiacs and the profit ilias on a top of a mountain peak .on the other side you can visit my village azogires a trully beautifull place with 7 churches to see starting from the monastery of the holy fathers and the museum going to the miraculous st.jonh the hermit who is located over the alfa rooms and then to st. George and st.katerina in the midle of the village going up towards the cave of the holy fathers you meet st. Jonh the russian alittle east from their is st.jonh the baptist and st. Theodore with mosaics besides that you can walk down the azogires gorge who comes out in Paleochora or you can visit the old venetian style bridge the holy fathers spring the alfa water falls the forever green plane tree which stays green summer winter and forms crosses with his branches .
If you like walking you could walk from spaniakos to azogires and on the way you can see old venetian tower known as pirgos or from azogires to anidri and then down the anidri gorge to Paleochora or walk from azogires to ahladiakes to visit the church of st.zosimas with mosaics . You can stop by alfa cafe and ask for a free village map .for more info about azogires and Paleochora look in the internet [email protected] and many other local sites.
You could also walk from Paleochora to the ancient site of lissos and then to sougia. Or from Paleochora to elafonisi. Paleochora is a wonderfull place you can also take boat trips to see dolphins to go to elafonisi to the island of gavdos to sougia agia roumeli and hora sfakion you can take bus for the samaria gorge or the agia irini gorge you can do bycicle trips or diving look for mountain herbs or rent a car and drive around perhaps just spend some time in the local tavernas.
What ever you deside i am sure you will enjoy your self here i have just given you a taste for any other information that you would like i would be delighted to help. My adress is alfa cafe azogires Paleochora chania Crete greece 73001 or my email which is [email protected] enjoy your stay in Paleochora for any tips just click back to Explore Crete. It's one of the best sites.
Good day and hope to see you in Crete, especially Paleochora
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