Holidays mean different things to different people – while holidays symbolise a time of total relaxation to some, to others they need to include some action. Over the last few years we have seen a big increase in the interest for exercise-oriented holidays and we at Aris Hotel are determined to do our best to accommodate all your different needs and requests.
The town of Paleochora didn’t exist in ancient Greek history. The peninsula on which it is built, used to lay under water , and only its highest point – where the remains of the Venetian fort lay today – jutted up like a little island above the surface. A major earthquake made the whole west side of Crete rise up through the sea, and the peninsula of Paleochora emerged from its depths, justifying the town’s nickname The Bride of the Libyan Sea.
There was a time when the only people who lived in Paleochora were Greek. When Paleochora used to be a small village with fishermen and – a few – farmers. Most of the fishermen originated from Gavdos island, located just opposite of Paleochora. The locals were hard working people, trying to survive from the First and the Second World War. Many of these people moved to Paleochora from other villages of the Selino area, in search of a better life.
As far as weather and climate is concerned, Paleohora is an ideal place to stay, in contrast to other coastal areas of southern Crete. Visitors always talk enthusiastically about the weather of this truly blessed place.
After arriving in Crete by boat or plane, you can get to Paleochora and Aris Hotel by public buses, hired cars, taxi and – of course – by boat. The drive from Chania (70km) takes between 1 and 1 ½ hours, which depends on the stops you might make along the way, and how experienced you are in driving in Greece (which is a unique – and some times challenging – experience).
Following are some useful maps that you can print and carry with you when you visit Paleochora. You can find maps of Chania and Crete in airports, car rental places and any tourist shop or book shop. They are usually free of charge.
There is a select collection of more than 10 beaches with crystal clear water around Paleochora, some of which are among the best in South Crete.
Elafonissi is the most famous beach of Southwest Crete. People come from all over Europe (and not only) to spend a few hours in this tropical beach. The shallow, crystal-clear, and warm water of Elafonissi are the best choice for families and people who like to take it easy on the beach, listen some music and get some serious tanning.
Elafonissi beach distance from Paleochora: 45km (equal to 80min drive or 60min by boat).
Walking and hiking in South Chania is by far one of the best activities to do when in Paleochora (and in Crete in general). There are numerous trails all over the area with a large variety, regarding both natural surroundings and level of difficulty.
There are numerous Minoan and ancient archaeological sites in Crete around Paleochora. Crete is, after all, the crossroad of three continents and the birthplace of the Western civilization. Until present days, the Minoan civilization, which flourished in the island from 2600 to 1000 B.C., is a key for the research and understanding of the historical evolution of Europe and the adjacent cultures that prospered around the Mediterranean Sea. READ MORE