Paleochora

PALEOCHORA
The small seaside town Paleochora is located on the south west coast of Crete, a mere 70 km from Chania (airport) and 200 km from Heraklion (airport).

It is built on a peninsula which juts into the Libyan Sea and, with a coast-line of 11 km of beaches, is lovingly called 'the nymph of the Libyan sea'. It is the home for about 2500 people who live and work here, most working in family owned restaurants and hotels, in the near-by greenhouses, as well as on farms tending goats and sheep and producing olives and honey.

Infrastructure
The village provides all regular services like post office, police, doctors, a clinic, pharmacies, supermarkets, bookshops, kiosks, petrol stations, three banks with ATM and car and bike rental/travel agencies. It can also boast an open air cinema, two camp sites and plenty shops, restaurants and accommodation. Most accommodation, bars and cafés offer free WiFi, but the town has also several Internet cafés.

The local bus station provides regular services to the main town in the north, Chania, and to the most famous excursion spots like Elafonisi, Omalos and the Samaria gorge. The jetty at the local harbor has daily boats to the island Gavdos, Elafonisi, Loutro and Chora Sfakion.

Sightseeing
The European footpath (E4) passes through Paleochora leading east to Sougia (5h) and the archeological site of the ancient seaport Lissos from 3rd century BC. On the west side the footpath leads to famous Elafonisi (4h) with pink sand and shallow lagoons. The island is a protected nature reserve. More locally, sightseeing can be done at the Venetian Fortessa above Paleochora and in and around the many Byzantine and Venetian churches in the area.

Climate
Paleochora has a Mediterranean climate, enjoying mild winters with average temperatures of 18 C. and balmy long summers from May till end of October, averaging around 28 C. with low humidity.