Paleohora Beaches

Paleohora Beaches (image by RGFotos)

Paleohora beaches are popular in summer. Paleohora Town  Παλαιόχωα is 75 km from Chania on the south coast of Crete. There are a number of beaches close by. Sandy Beach is to the west of the town.

Oriental Bay Beach is beautiful beach that runs east of the township, after Halikia Beach, with its outlook over the Libyan Sea and the beautiful White Mountains, and a back drop of tamarisk trees, it is a lovely beach.

When we were in Paleochora in winter, the snow was on the mountains and a storm was brewing, a rainbow broke out over the mountains. The light was remarkable and we were mesmerised by the rugged beauty of the south coast.

The White Mountains plunge into the sea

Paleohora Beaches...

The main town beach, Pahia Ammos, to the west is a popular, nice sand and pebble beach. There are plenty of rooms and domatia in the town, within strolling distance of the beach, near a new promenade that overlooks the ocean. It is wise to book ahead in the busy season.

Gialiskari Beach...

Gialiskari Beach, by Elisabeth

Gialiskari Beach (above) is a lovely beach to the east of the town.

Windsurfing conditions are excellent here, and many visitors come for the windsurfing across the safe bay with optimal winds, enjoying the cafe and restaurant atmosphere and nightlife.

Diving and Boat Trips...

Diving courses and boat trips are available from Paleohora with experienced and qualified dive school located in the town. Dolphin spotting trips run in summer months...

Mediterranean Striped Dolphins

A dolphin and whalespotting tour is available to see Fin whales and Pygmy Sperm whales off the coast, where you could also see delfinia dolphins, a sacred animal to the Minoans, still swimming in Cretan waters. These are the Mediterranean Striped Dolphins pictured above and in the video below....

A school of 13 dolphins in the bay of Paleochora, May 7th 2013 from Alexandra KRITIguide on Vimeo.

Sunset looking south (image by Mike Dobson)

Enjoy the sunsets over the Libyan Sea with uninterrupted the golden orb sets way over the water behind Africa...relax by the lapping waters...

Pebbles at the eastern end of town (image by Miguel Carvalho)

Wake up to another sunny day with clear skies, clear waters and the views across to the White Mountains dipping into the sea...

Exploring Around...

During summer boats leave daily for the beautiful beach and islet of Elafonisi, and the island of Gavdos with its lovely beaches.

Walk the beautiful Samaria Gorge...or Agia Irini Gorge...

Ferries depart from Paleohora to other beaches of the south coast. Ferries stop at Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia, making exploring the south coast possible without a vehicle.

Paleohora is a very Greek town, it is retaining its character, despite being very popular with tourists in summer, see more about it in our Paleochora town page.


Just out of town you will find the Olive Tree Cottages, a quiet rural location yet close to all the beaches, restaurants and cafes of town...

If you prefer to be right on the beach, Pal Beach Hotel is a simple budget affair within slouching distance of main beach...

See our suggestions for beach accommodation in Chania including the Aris Hotel and Haris Studios in Paleochora...

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