Apokoronas, in the western part of Crete, is one of the most beautiful and greenest regions of the island and a perfect starting point for the traveler who seeks an escape from the ordinary. Lying at the foot of Lefka Ori (White Mountains), the region is described by its pure nature, providing the visitor the opportunity to explore untouched natural landscapes, such as Kourna’s lake and Kiliaris River. Apokoronas, with its diverse and dynamic character, with its endless sandy beaches and picturesque villages, the mountains, the amazing canyons and the fresh water springs, is sure to charm you.
Located on a hill abοve Almyrida, Plaka is just 2 km from thе beach. It is an old village which has rapidly grown up in thе last few years, with new buildings and hοtels on the way down tο Almyrida, trending to merge with the seaside resort sοon.
Like a typical island village, Plaka has a square with tavernas and сafes, a church and traditional old hοuses in the central area. Mini markets, a bakery and a gas station can also be fοund. The new hotels and villas are built in the outskirts οf the village, overlooking the bay of Almyrida and the nearby Kalyves. The traditional villages of Apοkoronas like Gavalochori, Douliana and Vamos are very clοse, as well as the wild Cape Drapano with isolated rοcky coves, away from pοpulated areas.
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Kalives is a seaside resort located 19km west of Chania, on the south coast of Souda Bay. This picturesque village is built on a fertile green valley, where several rivers flow. The village’s name (i.e. “Huts” in Greece) seems to come after the primitive huts that were built by farmers in their fields, to spend the summer nights. Near the village, on its east side, flow the rivers of Xidas and Mesopotamos. Moreover, the several springs inside the sea, combined with the rivers, decrease the sea temperature.
East and west of the river Xidas, two sandy beaches with shallow water are formed, open to north winds. Xidas and Maistrali beaches, as they are called respectively, are very well organized and all common tourist facilities and services are provided there. In the exit of Xidas river there is a beautiful small bridge which connects the two beaches. The picturesque harbour of Kalives is located next to Maistrali. Kalives is connected with regular bus services to Chania. In the area, you will find banks, post office, clinic, shops, etc.
Source: Kalives Beaches – Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece cretanbeaches.com
Almyrida is located 23km east of Chania city, on the south shores of Souda Bay and close to the Cape Drapanos. It is a very quiet resort with all basic amenities and superb sea. The unspoiled countryside and the lush oil groves around Almyrida are ideal for hiking and exploration. Just 1km to the east there is the picturesque village of Plaka, which is the largest village in the region. Plaka is famous for its healthy climate and the hospitality of the locals. The numerous sea caves of the east shores till Drapanos Cape constitute an imposing natural phenomenon. Plaka is famous for its traditional narrow streets and the old well-maintained houses. Every July, locals organize a traditional Cretan feast, Plakiana, in honor of the famous lyre player Michael Papadakis or Plakianos. However, if something is unforgettable in this place is definitely the sunset.
Source: Almirida Beach – Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece cretanbeaches.com
The picturesque city of Chania is the second largest city of Crete, after Heraklion, with more than 60,000 residents. Fortunately it did not follow the same fate as the other cities of Crete, e.g. Heraklion, where the great Venetian and Ottoman monuments were destroyed for the sake of economic growth and “modernization”. Instead, the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour have remained almost intact, giving the city a special Venetian character, unique in the Mediterranean. Thus, the visitors of Chania are attracted by the beauty of the scenic narrow streets, the imposing lighthouse at the entrance of the small harbor and all the amazing monuments that make up the transcendent magic of Chania.
Source: Chania – Travel Guide for Island Crete, Greece cretanbeaches.com