Almyrida is located 23km east of Chania, on the south shores of Souda Bay and 1km west of Plaka village. It is a quiet resort with good facilities and superb sea. The unspoiled countryside and the lush oil groves around Almyrida are ideal for walking. Just 1km eastern is the picturesque village of Plaka, which is the largest village in the region. Plaka is famous for its healthy climate and the hospitality of the locals. The numerous sea caves, called Nerospilia, that are dispersed in the area constitute a rare natural phenomenon. Moreover Plaka is famous for its traditional narrow streets and the old well-maintained houses. Every July, locals organize a traditional Cretan feast, Plakiana, in honor of the famous lyre player Michael Papadakis or Plakianos. However, if something is unforgettable in this place is definitely the sunset.
Almyrida, which was declared in 1977 as region of infinite beauty, has two nice sandy beaches, with shallow water, safe for children. The two beaches are separated by a small rocky peninsula with a small white chapel. It is very well organized and popular for water sports and windsurfing. Taverns on the beach are famous for fresh fish and delicious traditional food. There are regular bus services and taxis (for Plaka and Almirida) to/from the city of Chania. Opposite the beach is the islet of Karga, which ideal for excursions and fishing. The island is an natural habitat for many birds. Moreover, on the island there are still signs of the ancient walls of the Phoenicians and the cavities that were built during the Second World War by the Germans.
Almyrida was a colony of the Phoenicians, after whom location Finikia is named. On Finikia, there are ruins and ancient tombs. At the entrance of the village, there have been excavated the ruins of a triple-aisle Christian basilica dated back in the 6th AD century, which has well preserved frescoes. Lastly, the last battle against the Turks in Crete took place in Almirida in 1896.
Sightseeing in the region
Four kilometers eastern of Almirida, there is Kokkino Chorio (i.e. Red Village), a small village where one can still see the interesting fortifications built by the Germans during the occupation (1941-1945) to protect the military port of Souda. Moreover, here was filmed a part of the famous movie "Zorba the Greek", with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates. Today, a small factory of handmade glass, which uses the traditional technique of blowing glass, is still working here.
Kera beach is located between Kalives and Almirida, at the end of a steep green hill. The beach with the white sand and some pebbles in places is situated in a wonderful landscape, with towering cliffs around. The sea is shallow and crystal clear. It is not organized, although there are several options for accommodation and food in the wider area. It is an ideal choice for those who do not like crowded places. Kera is overlooking the island of Karga. On the other side of the beach, on the west, there is an amazing elongated rock in the sea which locals call Karavos (i.e. ship) because it reminds of a boat.
The church of Panagia Kera (i.e. dame Virgin May) is very close to the beach. It is a picturesque 19th century chapel which was built in the site of an older monastery. A legend says that when some pirates attempted to occupy the area, the residents prayed to the church of Panagia Kera. Virgin Mary listened to the prayers and petrified the boat and the pirates.