Almirida village, Chania

Crete is a fascinating blend of history, legend, myths and a thriving folklore. The hospitality of its people with their infectious love of life and enjoyment of simple pleasures is unsurpassed. With the magnificent White Mountains as a backdrop and unspoiled lush green landscape, the Apokoronas region of North West Crete is an area of outstanding natural beauty filled with wildlife, an abundance of wild flowers, herbs, olive trees, citrus groves and a wide range of organically grown fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce is available daily from local markets while restaurants and tavernas offer a choice of international cuisine or traditional home cooked specialties typical of the healthy “Mediterranean Diet”.

Almirida is an ideal base for exploring the many picturesque inland villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of the island’s best beaches and sheltered bays nearby.

Chania, the capitol of West Crete, is only 30 minutes drive and has a beautiful Venetian Harbour with a fascinating history. Wander through the many narrow lanes filled with Venetian, Turkish and Byzantine style buildings. You can also find all the facilities and amenities that you would expect of a modern city with fine restaurants, bars, clubs, live music, traditional harbour side tavernas and fashionable shops.

Indeed, there is so much to explore and experience. You can hire a car or bicycle or even take a boat ride along the coast. Some of the best scenery can be seen on foot. There are many walks or treks along mountain paths and gorges including the world famous Samaria Gorge. Other activity pursuits include horse riding, tennis, golf, go-karting and climbing. Most water sports are available including, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, jet skiing and water-skiing. There are many Health & Fitness centres offering a range of beauty treatments and alternative therapies including massage, reflexology, reiki and yoga. Cultural interests include museums, archaeological sites, ancient towns, churches, monasteries, folklore festivals, theatre and cinemas (open air in the summer).


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  • 100m to beach, marina
  • 200m to the village centre and nearest amenities (bakery, supermarket, ATM)
  • 3km to Kalives beach and resort (Post Office, Bank, Pharmacy, Supermarkets, Petrol)
  • 6km to Vamos (regional centre and 24hr emergency clinic)
  • 15km from Lake Kournas and the sandy beach of Georgioupoli, which extends for 9km
  • 30km to nearest airport at Chania (150km to Heraklion)
  • 28km to the beautiful Venetian Harbour of Chania
  • 45km to Rethymnon ( Old town and Fortezza)
  • 50km to the West coast (Falassarna, Gramvousa, Balos)
  • 55km to Omalos Plateau and entrance to the Samaria Gorge
  • 65km to South Coast (Chora Sfakia, Sougia, Paleochora, Elafonissi)

There are daily scheduled flights from all major E.U countries to Athens El. Venizelos Airport and connecting domestic flights with either Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airways to either Chania or Heraklion airport. For availability and reservations, contact or Charter flights from most major E.U. airports also fly to both Chania and Heraklion. Check out the internet for options or contact your Travel Agent for further information.

Transfer Service from and to Chania Airport is provided upon request. Transfer time is approximately 30-40 minutes.

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