Paleochora: Crete's best kept secret

Paleochora, “ The Bride of the Sea of ​​Libya & # 39; & # 39 ;, as it has been called, is a small, typically Greek city (or perhaps a large village) located on the southwest coast of the island of Crete . Well, & # 39; sitting & # 39; On the coast it is a bit misleading. The city is built on a small peninsula that goes into the sea and is a perfect holiday destination for many people & # 39; in the know & # 39 ;. Around 80% of tourists who visit the city return again and again. Many of them will not recommend Paleochora to anyone other than trusted friends, since they want to prevent it from becoming too popular and developed!

Getting around in Paleochora is easy. It takes only about 5 minutes to walk from the west cost to the east coast and the entire city is between the two, so it is 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 connected to a large land mass.

That land mass is useful, yes. The great mountains protect Paleochora from the worst weather. Many times it can rain down the north coast and be sunny and dry in Paleochora! The city has two & # 39; Blue Flag & # 39; beaches, a huge sandy beach (which has a semi-official nudist section) on the west side and a pebble beach on the east side. This is useful since, on windy days, there is always a protected beach. 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 an old-fashioned family vacation.

The tip of the peninsula is dominated by a 12th-century Venetian fort that is worth exploring, unfortunately mostly only the walls remain these days, but many archaeological works have been done to show the structures that were once here. On top of that, the views of the town with the mountains behind are wonderful. Keep your eyes open! You can discover a centuries-old Venetian coin on the ground or even an old cannonball!

At night, the city is transformed into a discreet but interesting complex. The main street that runs through the city center and the promenade of the east beach are closed to traffic after 7 p.m. and restaurants and bars place their tables in the streets. Walking around the city listening to many different languages ​​spoken with people enjoying is a real pleasure. There is no drunken behavior, there are no fools, only good and nice people, everyone has a pleasant evening. This is a complete escape from the impetuous, & # 39; on 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).