Holiday Activities and Excursions

Days out and nice places to visit


Irini Gorge & Sougia







Walking and hiking

The area is known for its stunning scenery and it attracts many walkers and hikers, mainly in the spring (when everything is lush and green and full of flowers) or in the autumn. Only the hardiest walk in the summer. To have a lovely walk, all you need to do is step out the front door. You can walk to the nearby village of Azogires. Or there is an amazing walk down through Anidri (past its old chapel), down the valley and to Anidri beach (

Lynne and Bob Tait have published two books on walks in and around Paleochora (which can be bought in the local bookshop).

Walks around Paleochora by Andrew Senior

Walks in West Crete


Swimming and Beaches

For sun-seekers, there are plentiful bays and beaches, the sea is clear and beautiful, and even in the summer it is not difficult to find a small bay that you can have to yourself.

Here is a description of all beaches in West Crete.

We especially like Grammeno beach in Kondouras.

Bus trips

There are regular buses several times a day between Paleochora and the airport town of Chania. Other buses connect Paleochora with Azogires, the Omalos mountains and the Samaria Gorge. Also on offer are organised walks through Anidri Gorge, Samaria Gorge, collecting herbs and to nearby archaeological sites. The region is well known for several byzantine chapels, adorned with wall paintings.

Boat trips

During the summer months, a regular ferry including car transport travels between Paleochora and the coastal villages of Sougia, Agia Roumeli (the coastal endpoint off the Samaria Gorge, Loutro und Chora Sfakion.

Boats are also available to the beach of Strand von Elafonisi, the bay of Lissos and also to Europe's most Southern point, the unspoiled island of Gavdos.

Boat trips are also organised locally to watch dolphins and whales.


swimming, surfing, diving, snorkelling, water-ski, fishing, hiking, biking