Chalikia or Votsala beach is the second of the two beaches inside Paleochora (the other is Pachia Ammos beach). As its name implies (“votsala” means “pebbles” in Greek), this beach has whitewashed pebbles and is ideal for those who don’t like sandy beaches.
The relatively small beach has crystal-clear water and is located amidst a beautiful natural landscape, with the mountain rising dramatically to the sky in the background on its north side.
Chalikia or Votsala beach is quite organized with sun beds, parasols, and wooden walkways for those who do not want to walk on pebbles. It is right behind the street where most of the taverns in Paleochora are located, so a nice lunch after swimming is certainly not hard to arrange.
A special feature of Paleochora is that the two beaches located inside the big village, the pebbled Chalikia or Votsala and the sandy Pachia Ammos, have exactly the opposite orientation (east and west, respectively), so the beach Chalikia or Votsala is ideal when strong northern or western winds blow.
Chalikia or Votsala beach in Paleochora, Chania, is excellent for swimming and snorkeling, and is ideal for those who like pebbles and many dining options right next to the beach.