Beaches in the area of Paleochora

The broad region around Palaichora belongs to the deme of Kantanos-Selinos: it is characterized especially by low forested mountains to the east (part of the eastern foothills of the White Mountain range) and by the broad sea-strand at their feet that runs for 17 km. It is a fertile area, with plenty of water and rich vegetation; the beaches are most attractive and varied in nature – many are well off the beaten track. Now we start to turn the southwestern corner of the island.

Here is a list of them, starting at the west and working eastwards.

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Krios Beach and Lake Krios
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This beautiful beach, almost quite undeveloped and quiet, is a spot suited to rest and relaxation. Characterized by crystal waters and a beach of small pebbles (larger to the east), it stretches a long way, and can be seen as three run together. The infrastructure is limited to a single café-canteen, and in one small area umbrellas are provided for those who want them. West of the main beach is an idyllic and secluded cove in which nudism is ‘permitted’ (i.e. tolerated).

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities Yes - limited
  • free camping Yes
Grammeno Votsalo & Kountoura Beach
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The beach is set on the small promontory of Trachili (the Neck). This, cloaked in a wonderful cedar forest (junipers in fact), divides the beach in two. 

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities Yes - basic
  • free camping No
Beaches West of Palaiochora
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This is the first one encounters on the road. The large rock (volaka) which gives it its name is set at its east end. The beach is again pebbly and with a striking sea-floor

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation Yes - limited choices
  • other facilities No
  • free camping Yes
Beaches at Palaiochora
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Palaiochora, nicknamed the Bride of Libya, is a delightful town. It is built up on a peninsular which fronts the Libyan Sea and divides the seashore in front of the town into two large and attractive beaches. To the west is the welcoming Pacheia Ammos, extending for 2 km with golden sands...

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • dinning Yes - plenty of choices
  • nudism No
  • accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
  • other facilities Yes - plenty
  • free camping No
Anhydroi & Gialiskari Beach
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This, the first, is situated at the mouth of the gorge of the same name, which begins 3 or so km inland at the village of Anhydroi (The Waterless Place). It is quite a large beach with thick sands and gorgeous turquoise waters. The scenery, especially to the east end, is particularly characterized...

  • location Paleochora, Kantanos-Selino, Chania
  • dinning Yes - limited choices
  • nudism Yes - in some areas
  • accommodation No
  • other facilities Yes - limited
  • free camping Yes

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