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.
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.
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.
We went self catering and the accommodation we had was the usually basic Greek standard but always clean.
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.
Beyond the town which has a labyrinth of streets to walk in
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.
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.