Paleochora – Crete & Crete's Best Secret


Paleochora, & # 39; The Libyan Sea Bride & # 39; as it is called, is a small, typical Greek town (or perhaps a large village) that sits on the southwest coast of the island of Crete. Well, & # 39; sitting & # 39; on the coast it's a little misleading. The city is built on a small peninsula that overlooks the sea and is a perfect holiday destination for many & # 39; About 80% of tourists visiting the city come back again and again. Many will not recommend Paleochora to anyone but trusted friends as they want to keep it from becoming too popular and developed!

Getting to Paleochora is easy. It only takes about 5 minutes to walk from the west cost to the east coast and the whole city lies between the two, so you are never far from anywhere. Someone once described it as being on a small, private Greek island, as it is easy to forget that you are bound by a large land mass.

That measure of land is useful, beware. Large mountains protect Paleochora from the worst weather. Many times it can rain on the northern coast and sunny and dry on the Paleochora! The city boasts two & # 39; Blue Flag & # 39; beaches, a large sandy beach (which has a semi-formal nudist section) on the west side and a pebbly beach on the east side. This is useful as, on windy days, there is always a beach that is sheltered. The water is very clean, crystal clear and there are no dangerous currents, so bathing is safe for everyone. In fact Paleochora is an ideal destination for a family fashion celebration.

At the heart of the peninsula is a 12th-century Venetian Fort that is worth exploring – unfortunately mostly only walls remain these days, but there is a lot of archaeological work done to show the structures that once stood here. Moreover, the views back to the city with the mountains behind are wonderful. Keep your eyes peeled! You can discover a century-old Venetian coin on the ground or even an old cannon ball!

At night the city turns into a low key but interesting resort. The main street running through the city center and the east beach promenade are closed for traffic after 7am and restaurants and bars set their tables in the street. Walking around the city listening to many different languages ​​spoken by people enjoying themselves is a real pleasure. There is no drunken behavior, there are just no good people who all have a nice evening. This is a complete escape from the brakes, & # 39; in your face & # 39; resorts in which many small towns have grown. Here you can experience Greece as it was 25 or 30 years ago (even the prices here are the lowest in Crete).