Kolymvari is a small coastal village 20 km west of Chania, Crete island. The village is a local center for commerce and fishing. The seafront is either rocky or covered with mixture of coarse sand and gravel. There are hotels and holiday accommodations but it less touristic compared to the popular nearby resorts of Maleme and Platanias.
Just outside of the village is the Gonia Monastery. The monastery was founded in 9th century on another place, and relocated to its current place in 13th century. The present day layout is from a 16th century rebuild which turned it into Venetian-style fortress monastery. During the Ottoman times, the monastery was attacked many times. Ottoman cannonballs are still present lodged in the outer fortress-like walls.