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Paleochora, Chania Crete

Situated 79 kilometers far from Chania, at the Southwest coast of Crete, Palaeochora is a village with 2200 permanent residents. Built by the seaside on a small peninsula between two small bays, the village is the commercial, agricultural and tourist center of the area, and the capital of the Selinou province. Being at the south, the landscape is more exotic, with a clear blue sea, golden sand and palm trees here and there.

Within the village it is worth seeing the Venetian castle on a hill above the village.

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If you decide to take a drive around, you will find several small villages with Byzantine churches, some of them dating back to the 13 th century.

You will also find interesting landscapes and monuments of nature, as the caves Charakas and Zoures and the evergreen old plane tree at the village Azogouries, 8 kilometers at the Northeast of Palaeochora.

Although access is not very easy it is worth visiting to the cape Krios, with the homonymous lake, an unspoiled landscape of nature, keeping its natural beauty.

A series of cultural activities take place in early August (“Music August”).

In summer, the tourist agencies organise excursions to the Samaria gorge and to Elafonissos.

Being quite well organised to receive tourists, the village offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, including a camping. Cafes, taverns, restaurants and with local dishes and bars are available for food, drink and amusement.

Access is possible by public bus (5-6 daily), as well as by private and rented car.

Boats depart from Palaeochora for excursions to the southern coast; the village is regularly connected by boat with Chora Sfakion, Aghia Roumeli, Loutro, Sougia, Elafonissos and Gavdos. 
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