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Boats in a harbour in Paleochora, Crete   

Book holidays in Paleochora for a tranquil taste of the large Greek island of Crete. The small resort is perfect for those looking to get away from it all and spend days on gorgeous beaches and evenings tucking into tasty local tomatoes, olives and feta cheese.


Sitting on the south-west coast of Crete, the full-on flavours of Greece are guaranteed in delightful Paleochora, which spreads out onto a peninsula that sprawls away from the shoreline.

Paleochora holidays will see you fly into Chania Airport (CHQ), on the Gulf of Chania on the north coast. You'll then be transferred to the resort via a winding road through glorious tree-clad mountains.

Once you've unpacked your warm weather clobber you can choose between the resort's sandy beach and its pebble beach, while the nearby beaches of Konduras and Krios are also popular with holidaymakers who base themselves at the range of accommodation in Paleochora. Whichever beach you choose, you can be certain of swimming in aqua-blue seas with a backdrop of soaring green mountains.

Set on the peninsula between two bays, the resort centre of Paleochora is compact and relatively unspoilt and there are plenty of options for eating out or burning off those calories with a bit of watersports action.

There are Venetian remains nearby for those wanting to dive into the history of this Mediterranean island, while the world-famous Samaria Gorge is also a near neighbour. This magnificent show of nature's force is a must see in Paleochora, while the smaller but still impressive gorge at Agia Irini is also worth a look.

If you fancy a change of scenery from the beautiful beaches, clear seas and towering mountains of Paleochora, then you can hop on a boat to the nearby island of Gavdos. There are still beaches, sea and mountains, but there are few amenities here, which means very few people, so you are guaranteed to find a big slice of beach all to yourself.

Back on Crete, you might want to hire a car to discover this land of history, mystery and legend. Reputed to be the birthplace of Zeus, Crete was the centre of Minoan civilisation, which lays claim to being the world's earliest advanced culture. The sites at Knossos show evidence of the Minoans.

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Weather

Lying so far south in the Mediterranean Sea, Crete experiences summers that are hot, hot, hot. Expect to sizzle in July and August under 30C temperatures, with daily averages above 20C from May to October. Winter is also a pleasant time to visit, with averages around 14C and rainfall that keeps the island lush.

 

Events

Paleochora Carnival; February/March: This fun-filled annual carnival takes place in the time before Lent. Locals and holidaymakers go wild ahead of the strict period of abstention from goodies in the run up to Easter. Expect to see colourful parades and the night sky lit by fireworks.

Paleochora Health Walk; May: Join locals and other visitors on a walk along ancient pathways and through whitewashed villages at the foot of the mountains. It's about having a healthy heart, but you're likely to enjoy a hearty laugh and see some fabulous scenery along the way. Visitors are always welcomed.

Paleochora Music Festival; August: For such a small resort, Paleochora hosts one of the biggest events in Crete's calendar. This annual music fest offers a diverse range of sounds, from live music by the pros to song contests for the amateurs. Flex your vocal cords and join in the fun.