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 (above) is to the west of the town.

A beautiful beach that runs east of the township is Chalikia or Pebble 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.

Paleohora Beaches
Pahia Ammos Beach

Paleochora - Pahia Ammos BeachPahia Ammos is the main town beach

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.

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.

Pebble Beach

Pebbles at the eastern end of town (image by Miguel Carvalho)Pebble Beach is to the east of town

Along the eastern esplanade of town is Chalikia Beach a pebbly beach leading to tamarisk trees and the walking paths to the south coast villages.

Gialiskari Beach...

Gialiskari Beach (above) also known as Anydri or Anidri Beach is a lovely beach 4 km to the east of the town, actually a cluster of three beaches reached by a dirt track in vehicle or on foot.

This beaches can be reached by trekking the E4 European walking path in Crete, see some images of this route below...

Views to the White Mountains from Paleochora

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

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

Trek into the mountains or stay in town and relax over a coffee, try a different beach every hour, take the boat to Elafonisi or just relax at one beach... you choose...then watch the sunset over Paleohora beaches and head to the taverna for a drink and delicious local food...

See more about tavernas here...

Exploring Around...

Small coves lie east and west of Paleochora, CreteSmall coves lie east and west of Paleochora

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

Take a private boat to visit Elafonisi and other smaller 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.


Aris Hotel, Paleochora

The Aris Hotel is a small family-run hotel close to the Kastro in Paleochora. An arty hotel with a garden patio and good sized rooms.

Olive Tree Cottages - Agrotourism Accommodation

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...

Haris Studios in Paleochora Crete

Haris Studios are a small set of rooms run by a local family with the Water's Edge Cafe.

Pal Beach Hotel Paleochora

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

More Info...

Elafonisi to PaleochoraElafonisi to Paleochora

More about Paleochora here...

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