Paleochora top photo by Y Skoulas
The “hippies discovered” Paleochora in the 1960s and the resort has over the years seen an ever-growing number of backpackers and holidaymakers but still retains an enjoyable and laid back atmosphere. Paleochora is located on a long and narrow peninsula. On arriving, the eucalyptus-lined avenue will lead you into the main street with shops, tavernas, cafés, bars, and the resort center.
Palaiochora was originally named after the castle of Selinous, built by the Venetians around 1280. The fort was destroyed by Barbarossa 1539 and since then has never been properly reconstructed. For a good view of Palaiochora bay, the mountains and the coastline, walk up to the old ruined Venetian castle at the top of the hill.
Paleochora is a fairly small and hassle-free town (resort) with approximately 2000 residents; mind you there are many more visitors (internationals) in the summer, however, the ambiance and tranquillity and the mixture of people (locals and internationals) make Paleochora something special.
Paleochora offers a good range of shops, an open-air cinema, café-bars, tavernas, and restaurants. There is some decent nightlife with many bars open into the early hours in the morning, live music bars and discos however if you are only looking for lively day and night spots there are other Cretan resorts more suitable.
The two beaches of Palechora are awarded the Blue flag. One bay has a fine sandy beach and the other a pebble beach. Beach-water sports activities include windsurfing, kite surfing, jet ski etc.
Discover the mountains and the coastline from Paleochora
There are great opportunities to explore the dramatic mountainous and barren coastline by using the daily ferry services linking it as far as Hora Sfakia
There are also daily (high season) boat trips to the beautiful beaches at Elafonissi. The boat leaves at around 10:00 (2017) and returns in the afternoon 15:30/16:00 (2017).
Several walking paths give you a choice of short walks or if you like hiking to follow the international E4 mountain trail. Anidri gorge is the closest one to Paleochora. The Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe is not too far away. Samaria gorge takes approximately 6 hours to walk through and starts from Omalos and ends down at the sea, Agia Roumeli village.
How to get to Paleochora
From Chania airport
If you arrive by air, Chania is the nearest airport. Paleochora is approximately 75km south of Chania. You can get there by bus, taxi or rent a car. There are 4 daily buses from Chania to Paleochora, which take about 2 hours. ktel local bus service.
You can always contact the Taxi service Minos & Giorgos Psarakis, Paleochora and ask them to give you a quote for your transport.
From Heraklion airport
If you arrive by air or ferry to Heraklion there are several bus connections to Paleochora via Rethymno (2015) with a change of bus in Chania. The whole journey will take just over 5 hours, that’s if you’re lucky enough to catch a bus leaving Chania for Paleochora at once.