Pachia Ammos beach is one of the two beaches located inside Paleochora – and the only sandy beach. It has been characteristically named after its white, thick sand (“pachia ammos” means “thick sand” in Greek), which is rare in this area in the south of the Chania region.
Pachia Ammos beach is particularly big, about one kilometer long and wide enough. This makes it less crowded, even during the high tourist season. It is the most organized beach in the area, with sun beds, parasols, showers, water sports, lifeguard on duty during the tourist season, and it generally has all the facilities you would expect from a well-organized beach, but without the crowds of the organized beaches in the north of the Chania region, which is an important advantage. Also, a part on the edge of the beach is popular with nudists.
The shallow, crystal-clear water of the Blue Flag awarded beach is ideal for families with young children. Within a stone’s throw of the beach, there are several cafes and taverns, which will make your travel experience even richer and more comfortable.
Something you should know about this particular beach is that, when strong west or southwest winds blow in the area, there may be waves. In this case, if you are not a fan of wind surfing or board surfing, you can use the other beach in Paleochora, the beach of Chalikia or Votsala, as it is on the opposite side to the east. Generally, and this is a rare feature of Paleochora, depending on the direction of the wind, when there are strong winds and one of these two beaches has waves, the other one always has calm water.
Pachia Ammos beach in Paleochora, Chania, is perhaps the most beautiful sandy beach in the area – and the most known. The large beach – which, apart from long, is so wide that it reaches up to the tamarisk trees on its back edge – with its beautiful thick sand, is one of the best beaches in the area to swim, sunbathe and practice water sports.