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Paleochora Hania Crete 2005

Paleochora first discovered by the hippies in the sixties, is a quiet resort on the south west of Crete. The journey there from Chania Airport by coach takes about 1 ½ hours through the mountains. The resort is on a peninsular and has two beaches on either side of the town, one of sand the other pebbles. The pebble beach is overlooked by several nice tavernas, one of which we used regularly at lunch time even though we often sat on the sandy beach.


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There is a wind that can suddenly blow up from the West and one can be grit blasted but by moving to the other pebble beach which is sheltered by the town you can continue to sunbath.

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This wind happened 3 times in the June when we were there. On both beaches two chair beds and a parasol were 6 euro’s at that time.

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We went self catering and the accommodation we had was the usually basic Greek standard but always clean.

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The town itself is fairly flat but it does have hill with ruins of a fortress built by the Venetians in 1279. The fortress failed to do its job and was invaded and destroyed by the Turks and then finished off by the Germans who were in residence during the war. The town's promenade is flat and lots of tavernas over look the promenade and the sea defences.

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Beyond the town which has a labyrinth of streets to walk in

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and they lead behind this hill to the furthest point which looks towards Libya. There is a large harbour but this is used solely for shipping and does not have any bars or restaurant around it. However, there is a smaller harbour within the town where all the bars and restaurants are clustered and a boat runs excursions during the day.


The town itself has around 2000 inhabitants and in the evenings the inner road which runs parallel with the promenade is closed to traffic and the town restaurants spread into the streets creating an atmosphere of people dining and enjoying themselves.

The food and drink was one of the cheapest we have experienced. The town had a Pizzeria called Niki which appears in the Lonely Planet Guide and serves superior pizza’s cooked in a wood fired ovens based in a garden and large pizza’s were just 5 euro’s and a jug of wine 3 euro’s (and the euro was 140 to the pound).

People on the beach also talked of eating in another restaurant called the Small Garden restaurant which was run by a Dutch couple and we went and had several good meals there. I took a photo of the menu which changed every day so Mrs Delboy could preview it and then we could decide whether it was to our liking on that day. Some fish restaurants however,where you could select you own fish were quite dear.

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The resort is also suitable base for doing the famous Samaria Gorge walk, this walk however, is not recommended for faint hearted and those that are not fit because once you start it, the heat can be something else (that’s if you attempt doing it at the wrong time). One experienced walker told me he had to be rescued there on one of his visits when the gorge actually flooded after a rock fall.

All in all, a nice quiet place for sunbathing, walking and watching the world go by over a glass of wine.

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Another excellent review & photo's Delboy. Looking forward to your review of the October meet up, so that I will be able to remember what happened. Laughing

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I'm SOOO looking forward to THAT one..... with not being there to witness first hand what goes on.......! drunken Laughing
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Hi delboy another great review, Me and Mrs H went to Crete some years back and really enjoyed it. We always said we would go back but never have. We stayed in Aghios Nikolaos and from what I remember it was very nice. Our hotel on the other hand was extremely basic.

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Loved these brilliant, Ive only been to Greece the once and that was Corfu ,your pics are like what you would expect a greek Island to look like. cheers

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PostSubject: zzz   Greece, Island of Crete, Paleochora, 2005 Icon_minitimeTue Dec 14, 2010 8:15 pm

thanks delboy,

I enjoyed reading that and seeing your pics.brought back some good memories.

We have been to crete twice,the last time about 10-12 years ago to hersonnosis (ok-ish) and then about 20 odd years ago to what was then a little village a couple of mile outside of rethmynon,a charming little village called platanias.

we have often thought of returning but would be saddened to see if had changed for the worse,think we would rather remember as it was.

we have been to rhodes twice,ok-ish but to be fair rhodes town was very nice,also corfu where we stayed in acharavi but eat/drank in roda,which has the cleanest toilets i have ever seen lol.

but now when we think of greece we always go back to kalamaki/zante,though there are two small resorts we want to try there some time in the future,koukla and aghios sostis.

thanks again,

kalinikta

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You're having a rep bonanza tonight . . . cheers
Thank you - lovely review again.
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