Paleochora (also Palaiochora) is the largest settlement on the southwest part of Crete
, facing Libyan sea. That is why they sometimes call it "the Libyan bride". It is built on a small peninsula with ruins of the Selino fortress, with wide and long beach from one side. The peninsula ends with a closed harbor for fishing boats and small ferries which connect the village with the island of Gavdos
and other villages to the east. Although Paleochora is geographically close to Agia Roumeli
and Chora Sfakion
, the White Mountain separates them after Sougia
and no road for cars is available. You can reach them either by ferry from Paleochora harbor (in the summer there regular daily cruises).
The large beach of the village is called Pachia Ammos, partly organized with sunbeds and parasols in the summer. It is about 1 km long, with fines sand and small pebbles here and there around the shore, and it is Blue Flag awarded. The smaller beach of Paleochora is at the east side of the peninsula and it is a prolongation of the seafront which is lined with tavernas and cafes. This beach is called Chalikia and it is pebbly and narrow. West of Paleochora there is another large beach called Grammeno, and between them there is a series of small pebbly coves suitable for those who want to escape from organized beaches. In Paleochora many hotels and studios to rent are available, as well as campsite.