Paleochora is a coastal town located on the southwest coast of Crete, approximately 70 km from Chania and 200 km from Heraklion. It is built on a peninsula between two picturesque bays, and as it borders the Libyan Sea it is justly regarded as the “Libyan Bride” and “Land of the Sun”.
The town has the natural advantage of being built between two bays; the eastern and the western. The small peninsula is protected from strong seasonal winds by the surrounding mountains. The mountains, located geographically north of Paleochora are impressive because of their height (300 m), and because they posses a unique natural beauty and grace that combines rugged upland hills and crevices with lowland vegetation of aromatic shrubs and plants. This rare and somehow rugged landscape automatically changes at the approach of sea level, with the long & flat plains of Paleochora town.
The town itself is limited in size by the encroachment on both sides of the Libyan Sea. The western bay is defined by a beautiful artificial port, with the navy lighthouse projecting it’s signal for ships travelling to Gibraltar or contrary to the Suez Canal. Follow the coast west from the port and you find the thick sand beach of Paleochora town. The pristine beach which is permanently waving the blue flag receives thousands of visitors in the summer months. Looking out from the shores of the east side of Paleochora, you can observe the caps of the White Mountains that separate our province from that of Sfakia. The ferry pier is located on this side of the bay which serves tourists who want to visit Soúgia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Chora Sfakia, Gavdos & Elafonisi.
The climate of Paleochora from early May until late October is the sweetest, and the sea temperature in May and October are higher than they are in July and August in northern European countries. The winter is pleasant
In the town today you will find many restaurants and tavernas that offer a wide variety of delicious dishes. The stay of each visitor to Paleochora can be combined with various standard day (or longer) trips and visits to other areas. Of these the most notable are: The visit of the ancient Lissos, the gorge of Samaria or the Holy Peace, Gavdos, Elafonisi with it’s unique beautiful beaches, Kountoura’s Byzantine churches, and the history and folklore museum of Azogyres.