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Paleochora: A beautiful and serene seaside resort for holidays in South Chania, Crete

Paleochora (Palaiochora) is a small seaside town on the southwestern coast of Crete overlooking the Libyan Sea. It is located 70 km south of Chania and it is about a 1-hour drive or so from the port of Souda.

It is a relaxing holiday destination and is well-known for its alluring beaches with crystal clear waters all along its coast. Whether you prefer sandy or pebbly beaches, well organised with many seaside facilities and watersports or isolated beautiful coves, in Paleochora the options are endless. Find out more about beaches in South Crete.

Paleochora provides anything you may possibly need for pleasant and carefree holidays in Crete. There is a wide range of restaurants and tavernas serving Cretan dishes, as well as Mediterannean delicacies, typically cooked with local ingredients. There are also cafés and bars, as well as all types of stores, including convenience stores, a health center, a pharmacy, etc.

Are you looking for accommodation in Paleochora, South Crete? Check out our Paleochora Houses & apartments for rent and enjoy relaxing holidays in Crete all year round.

Distances from Paleochora Houses

  • Chania International Airport: 75 km
  • Chania Port (Souda): 70 km
  • Town of Chania: 70 km
  • Elafonissi beach: 25 km / 1 hour by boat
  • Sougia: 45-min drive or boat ride
  • Falasarna beach: 45-min drive
  • Gavdos islet: 3 hours by ferry
  • Rethymno: 2-hour drive
  • Kasteli: 45-min drive
  • Kantanos: 20-min drive
  • Azogires: 10-min drive (8 km)

How to reach Paleochora (Palaiochora), Crete

By Car

Paleochora (Palaiochora) is situated 75 km south of the city of Chania. Once you arrive on the island, you can reach Paleochora by bus, taxi or your own rental car.

Route map

Taxi rates as well as car rental rates may vary, so it is advisable to check out many options.

By Airplane

From Chania Airport:
After leaving the airport, follow the main road to the left and turn right to Chania and follow the signs for Souda and National Road E65-90 going west to Paleochora, via Vokolies village.

Alternatively, you can take the bus from Chania Airport to the Intercity bus station (KTEL) in Chania and take a bus to Paleochora from there.

By Bus

From Chania to Paleochora by bus:
There are four daily buses from Chania to Paleochora. The bus trip takes approximately two hours.

From Rethymno to Paleochora by bus via Chania:
There are several daily buses from Rethymno to Chania. The bus trip takes approximately one hour. Once you reach Chania bus station you will have to take the bus to Paleochora.

From Heraklion to Paleochora by bus via Chania:
There are several daily buses from Heraklion to Chania. The itinerary includes a stop at Rethymno and takes approximately 3 hours. At Chania you will change buses to Paleochora, so the whole trip will take 5 hours if you are lucky and catch a bus leaving for Paleochora at once. If you decide to rent a car, the trip takes about 3,5 hours.

By Boat

From Pireaus Port (Athens) to the port of Souda (Chania) and then to Paleochora by bus, taxi or car rental.

You can also reach Paleochora by boat from the east coast villages of Sougia and Sfakia.

There are also private boats for rent from Elafonissi. Kindly contact us for more information.

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