The Coves of Paleochora are consecutive small bays that start 1.5 km west of Paleochora (80km south of Chania) and extend 2.5 km to the west, till Cape Grammenos. The beaches are a complex of adjacent coves with crystal clear waters and spectacular pebbles. The main road, connecting Paleochora and Koundoura, runs along the coves. For this reason, they are not preferred by nudists.
Kalamia is the first beach you meet 700m west of Paleohora, which is named after the reeds that are there (Kalamia means reeds).
Psilos Volakas (i.e. Tall Rock) is the second bay that you'll meet in the east side (1.5 km west of Paleochora). This is named after a large rock, which is located at the north edge of the beach and protects it from the south winds. The beach has lovely small pebbles, no natural shade and no facilities nearby. The rocky seabed behind the large rock is very suitable for snorkeling. C
ontinuing, 200m west of the beach you'll find the remote cove of Trohalou, which is a more rugged version of Psilos Volakas with coarser pebbles and stones (the name Trohalou means "stony beach"). This is never crowded, but it is one of the best places for snorkeling in the wider area of Paleochora.
300m west of Trochalou, you’ll meet the lovely beach of Karavopetra (i.e. ship-stone in Greek), with a large rock resembling a boat standing in the middle of the beach. Apart from the main beach, on the western edge of Karavopetra, there is a separate little cove. Karavopetra is open to the south winds. It has lovely coarse sand and pebbles and is an ideal choice for bathing. There are no facilities on the beach and there is no natural shade around.
Adjacent to Karavopetra, you'll find a small cove that has western orientation, which is well protected by a short rocky peninsula. Plakaki, as it is called, is a wonderful unorganized beach with pebbles. The area next to Plakaki hosts several rooms and restaurants, being a good choice for those not wanting to return to Paleochora. The nice beaches of Grammenos start directly west of Plakaki.
The choice among all these beaches is difficult, since they all are wonderful and have something special to offer. What we propose is to have a look by car (as the road runs along the shore) and decide which cove you find most attractive!