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Travel – Paleochora in Crete – known for its beaches and crystal clear waters




Paleochora is a small town in Crete, located about 75 km to the southwest of Chania prefecture and occupies a peninsula that is 400m wide and 700m in length. It has approximately 2000 inhabitants. This town is part of the White Mountains on the Greek island of Crete. Paleochora is a municipality and the capital of Pelekanos town, and located in the province of Selino. This city has a coastline of about 11km that borders Libyan Sea.
This city’s main economy is tourism along with agriculture of tomotoes and olive oil. This city is known for its beaches and crystal clear waters and small isolated anchorages. There are many Hotels, restaurants, taverns, cafés, and bars along with regular stuff such as bank branches, a post office, a central telephone office, a health centre, doctor’s offices, dentists, chemists, a police station, a coast guard and customs office.

Attractions of Paleochora:

Beaches:
• Georgioupolis: This is a sandy beach of about 9km that is on the northern coast and is very quiet.
• Falasarna: This is a nice beach that is located on the west coast of Crete. It is the second cleanest beach in Greece.
• Gramvoussa: This is at the tip of the westernmost peninsula of Crete. It can be reached by a boat or walk. This is a beach with turquoise waters, lagoons and white sand.
• Sougia: This is a pebble beach and about 1200m in length. It is situated by a small village named Sougia.
• Elafonisos: This is a beach that is situated at the south-west corner of Crete. There are crystal clear waters with red and pink coral sand. There are boat tours on a daily basis.
• Plakias and surroundings: This is a small fishing village with beautiful landscape.

Museums:

• Archaeological Museum-Chania: This is stationed in a former Venetian church of San Francesco. This museum is small and houses objects from the Neolithic and Minoan to late Roman periods that have been found in Chania. The Opening times are from Tuesday – Friday (08-19h); Saturday-Sunday (08.30-15h); Monday closed
• Nautical Museum Chania: This is a museum that has a collection of beautiful sea shells. It is at the north-east end of the Venetian harbor. The Opening times are from Monday – Saturday (10-16h); Sunday closed.
• Historical Museum and Archive: This is a small museum that has collections related to the history of Crete. The Opening times are from Monday – Saturday (10 – 16h).
• Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection: This is a museum that houses mosaics, funerary inscriptions, wall-paintings, icons, architectural sculptures, ceramics and items of minor arts, and coins. The Opening times are from Tuesday-Sunday: 08.30-15.00.
• Archaeological Museum Rethymnon: This museum houses objects from the Neolithic to Roman period found in Rethymnon. These objects have been collected from hilltops sacred sites, in caves and from necropolis. The museum is situated opposite to the Fortezza. The Opening times are from Tuesday – Sunday (08.30 – 15h); Monday closed.
• Heraklion Archaeological Museum: This is located on Xanthoudidou Street and it houses finds from the Minoan civilization and excavations across the island of Crete. The finds includes the statues of the Snake Goddess, the famous Bull-Leaping Fresco, the enigmatic and mysterious Phaistos Disk, and Minoan seals and jewelry. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the world’s great museums representing the Minoan culture.
• The temple of Aphaia on Aegina Island: This is one of the well conserved ancient Greek temples and it dates back to the 5th century BC. There is another temple called temple of Apollo in the same town.
• Mesagros: One must visit this place to see the impressive pottery work of the local potters.
• Monastery of Agios Nektarios: This is also known as the Patron Saint of Aegina.
• The tower of Markellos: This is known to be the home of first of Greece’s coins of the modern era.
• The Cape Krios: This is a natural attraction and tourists also enjoy the cultural activities hosted here.
• Other connections: One can reach by boat to places like Aghia Roumeli, Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Elafonissos, Sougia and Gavdos from Paleochora.

Others
• The Acretan Museum next to the main church.
• The flowers in spring.
• The carnival at the start of Lent.
• The Fortress.
• The Byzantine/Venitian frescos in the churches specially those in Kandanos.
• Dolphin spotting boats go out each day in the tourist season.
• The Holy Father’s cave and the Alfa Kafenion.
• Both the Paleochora Beaches are Blue Flag beaches
• The Rocky Beach on the east side
• Catch a ferry: west to Elaphonisi or east to Chora Shakia.

Best time to visit / climate:

In the months of November and December the climate is bearable and pleasant at this place and hence October is the best suited time for the tourists to visit.

Location on Google Maps:

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Top Sights Travel Guide: Crete (Kindle) Rough Guide Map Crete [Folded Map] Lonely Planet Crete (Regional Guide)

How to get there:

Ferry boats connect Paleochora with Sougia,Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Chora Sfakion, and Gavdos dock in Paleochora.
Paleochora from Chania are connected by regular buses.
By car it is two hour drive from Chania Airport.
To get around there are cars, scooters and motorbikes can be hired. There is a local bus station for accessibility by bus.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Restaurants at wikitravel
Hotels at wikitravel
Hotels.com
Hotels at explorecrete
Hotels at greekhotels
Hotels at paleochora-holidays
Hotels at travel-to-crete

Blogs / Sites about Paleochora:

Blogs and reviews at travelpod
Blogs and reviews at paleochora-holidays
Blogs and reviews at squidoo
Blogs and reviews at en.wordpress

Images and photos of Paleochora:

Images at Google search
Images at trekearth
Images at anthea-paleochora

Videos of Paleochora:

paleochora CRETE

Paleochora – evening in Palaiochora

Kreta 2011 – Paleochora

Driving through Paleochora

Whales at Crete / Paleochora

Paleochora sandy beach




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