Paleohora beaches



Karavopetra Coves
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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) and the most popular around. 300m to the west, 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. 

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 after.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture, West Crete, South Crete, Paleochora area (Selino)
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Pebbles, Fine Pebbles
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually calm
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby
  • Other Information: Nudism friendly, Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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