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North West Crete Holidays

North West Crete holidays

Chania area • Kalives • Almirida • Maleme

Transfer time 20-30 mins (Chania), 45 mins (Kalives), 1 hour (Almirida)

Chania is the main town in the west and has a strong Venetian flavour, particularly around its immense harbour, lined with restaurants. Behind, a maze of narrow lanes and crumbling Venetian facades conceal more restaurants, small shops and atmospheric cafés.

A half-hour drive east of Chania, neighbouring Kalives and Almirida are at the entrance to Souda Bay (the largest natural harbour in the Aegean), the White Mountains behind forming a majestic backdrop. Both enjoy fine sandy beaches and beautiful rolling countryside.

Walking in this beautiful region, called Apokoronas, is a major attraction and your Sunvil representative is happy to give advice and hand out walking maps.

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Kalives has retained its relaxed village atmosphere and boasts two long sandy beaches, one to either side. Centred around a tree-shaded square, housing a couple of cafés and the handsome church, Kalives has a good choice of authentic local tavernas and small shops which cater for most needs.

Life in the thriving small resort of Almirida revolves around the beach and the dozen tavernas now here. The area has developed in recent years and the village now has several café-bars, a bakery and a pair of well stocked mini-markets.  Almirida now has just the right balance between lazy days on the long curve of sandy beach - there are plenty of sunbeds and beach cafés as well as non-motorised water sports (windsurf, kayak, paddleboard, pedalo) - and a vibrant but not OTT evening atmosphere. For a change of scene why not walk up the hill to the traditional village of Plaka (20 mins.) and enjoy dinner in the square in one of the several fine local tavernas here?

From both Almirida and Kalives bicycles can be hired, excursions operate (from late May), there is a bus to Chania and taxis are available.

18 kms to the west of Chania Town is the small village of Maleme. This is a very green and still a quiet, relatively undeveloped area. The beach is a wide expanse of sand and shingle that stretches for several kilometres all the way to Kolymbari. Being a protected turtle-nesting zone much of it is ‘wild’ and backed for much of its length by bamboo. However you will find sunbeds and umbrellas for rent in certain areas, including close to our apartments here. Maleme has a reasonable selection of restaurants, cafés and small shops, either down by the beach or along the main road above, where is also the bus stop for Chania Town, via several more developed small resort areas.

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