Plage de Kolymbari

Plage de Kolymbari

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Kolymbari is a seaside village that has witnessed a lot of tourist development in recent years. It is located 24 km from La Canée, on the edge of Rodopou peninsula, at the westernmost point of the Bay of Chania. It is a very long beach with both sand and pebbles and it has relatively deep waters. The beach is organized and open to the northerly and westerly winds. This is a great spot for a leisurely walk or dinner with a view, but not as popular for swimming due to the large waves that are formed. Right next to Kolymbarinous trouvons le Monastery of Panagia Odigitrias or Moni Gonias as it is also known. The monastery dates back to the 17th century and played an important role during the struggle of the Cretan people under L'occupation ottomane. There is a beach in front of the monastery that is great for diving and snorkelling.

Plage de Kolymbari

The largest part of the Gulf of La Canée, starting in Kolymbari until the coastal settlement of Chrysi Akti, has soft sand or small pebbles and is lined with top-rated resorts, hotels and other accommodation options and seaside restaurants. It is one of the busiest and liveliest areas to be in during the summer, that attracts international and domestic visitors. Due to its location, Kolymbari has a more relaxed and laid back vibe than the settlements of Platanias, Agia Marina et Agioi Apostoloi further east. From Kolymbari, you can drive north to the tip of the eastern cape, where the two sheltered bays of Diktenna et Aghios Georgios are located. The area is 45 km from La Canée and the path, after the village of Rodopos, is mostly on dirt roads. Another option is to continue driving west towards Kissamos ou Kasteli. You will hear both the names “Kissamos" et "Kasteli” to describe the town. These were both ancient sites in the region but Kissamos was added to the name “Kastelli” to differentiate from another Kastelli près de Heraklion. Kissamos attracts visitors for the ferry connection to Lagune de Balos et le île de Gramvousa à l'extrémité nord-ouest de l'île. Falassarna is another majestic beach located near Kissamos that is popular with windsurfers and water sport enthusiasts.

 

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