Chania Paleochora

General information

Paleochora is a lovely summer resort, located 80 km southwest of Chania Town. The picturesque village, washed by the Libyan Sea, is rightfully known as the "Nymph of the Libyan Sea" and "Land of the Sun." The mountains surrounding it protect it from strong seasonal north winds and also add to the painting-like charm of the landscape. Beyond those mountains lies the plain of the village.

It is believed that Paleochora was built on the ruins of the ancient city of Kalamydi. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the village experienced rapid growth in the area of tourism when important hotel units were established in the area. It also used to be really popular among the hippies during that time. Nowadays, the inhabitants are mainly involved with tourism and agriculture (mostly tomatoes and olive oil).

Paleochora is situated between two coves, the eastern and the western. On the former lies a nice pebbly beach, along with a lovely harbor from which boats to Sfakia, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Gavdos, and Elafonisi Beach depart. On the latter, a lighthouse can be found. There lies the second beach, a shore with thick sand, attracting thousands of tourists during the summer season. Both beaches in Paleochora are well organized and gifted with refreshing, crystalline waters, which are always protected from the strong winds, making them an ideal place to relax during the summer holidays.


Things to Do and See

There is a variety of activities you can enjoy during your stay in the village. These include surfing, water and jet skiing, sailing, fishing, and hiking. Among the things that captivate every visitor in Paleochora are the beautiful whitewashed little houses dressed in colorful flowers and picturesque alleys. You can also admire some beautiful Byzantine churches and monasteries, as well as museums and historical sites.

During your next trip to Paleochora Village, don’t forget to visit the Venetian Fortress of Selino (Castel Selino), the most prominent monument in the region. It stands at the top of the settlement, on the hill of Fortezza, and was originally built in 1280, during the Venetian period. It’s an impressive monument, definitely worth visiting, that will take you back to the glorious Venetian times. From the hill, you can also enjoy the wonderful view of the village.

Eat and Drink

Paleochora is a popular summer destination for tourists and is extremely busy during the high season. Nonetheless, there are still many quiet places for those who care for some relaxation and tranquility. The village offers plenty of restaurants and taverns, as well as shops and bars that remain open until the late hours. You can taste the savory flavors of the traditional Cretan cuisine, including fresh fish and roasted goat, which are beloved among visitors. In addition, you can have a morning coffee or enjoy an evening drink at a charming local cafe or a cozy bar with soft music.


The village offers high-quality accommodation choices where you can enjoy relaxing vacations. There are options available for all kinds of visitors, as well as families, including deluxe suites, studios, and rooms to let. You can find modern, tastefully decorated hotels near the town center, giving you the chance to effortlessly explore the area on foot.

Hotels in Paleochora

We have made a selection of the best hotels in Paleochora.
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Endless Blue

Apartments Studios3 keys

Offering beachfront accommodation in Paleochora, Endless Blue is the perfect place to relax and enjoy an amazing vacation by the sea. The hotel provides various options for your accommodation, including studios, suites, and apartments with a modern interior design.



Hotel3 stars

The unique design of the art hotel Aris will be one of the highlights of your accommodation in Paleochora. The hotel features carefully decorated rooms with a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as a beautiful garden and a variety of furnished outdoor seating areas that allow you to enjoy the ...


Libyan Princess

Hotel Suites4 stars

The luxurious Libyan Princess Hotel offers accommodation in the beautiful area of Paleochora. Its modern facilities guarantee an amazing stay. All the rooms have a stylish interior, offering modern amenities and opening to private balconies that overlook the hotel's swimming pool area.


Things to See & Do in Paleochora

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1 Review
  • marialen22 27 Jan 2011
    An amazing trip to the past
    My grandmother was from Paleochora, a village in Chania. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to travel there, till last summer, when my cousin and I decided we should go. We arrived at the port of Chania early in the morning, the weather was so nice that day. We found out that the buses for Paleochora leave every hour from early morning until the evening. Luckily, we didn't have to wait at all, we got into the bus (for some reason it wasn't the best bus to catch) to Paleochora.

    The ride lasted about 2 hours, passed through a dozen great villages. As soon as we got off the bus we had a little stroll around a beautiful beach where the bus left us. The truth is that we were exhausted from the trip so we started walking until we found our hotel. It was only a few meters away from the sea and we had the best views from our balcony. We waited for the sun to set, it was very hot that day, and we were ready to explore the village.

    We were impressed by the whitewashed houses, the pathways and small streets full of flowers. The town has all kinds of amenities and that is why it is based in tourism and agriculture (tomatoes and olive oil). We tried to find our grandmas house but unfortunately it was all ruins. We sort of expected it because no one had taken care of it. We went to several beaches, Pachia Ammos, a long beach on the west of Paleochora, Votsala, a pebble beach with crystalline waters and Gialliskari. We loved the taverns that they were near the beach, enjoyed the seafood and the local deserts. Had a great time! Wish to go back soon!