All are clean and safe. Most have sunbeds, umbrellas and showers although there are areas, easily accessible from Paleochora, without these conveniences where you can feel yourself to be away from the ‘crowds’.
Either by car or on foot, on the main sandy beach, the pebble beach or out of town east and west you can discover beaches or areas on the beaches to make your own. In fact even in mid-summer it does not become overly crowded anywhere. Snorkeling, especially around the rocky shoreline, is fun and can be rewarding – we have heard from friends who spotted, and were swimming beside, a turtle.
Walking and Trekking
This is a good area for walkers and a useful book written by Bob Tait :
‘Ten Walks around Paleochora’
may be purchased in the local bookstore, Delphini ……………. also a follow up to the best seller – ‘More walks around Paleochora’
* to the turquoise lagoons and pink coral beaches of Elafonissi
* along the coastline to Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Chora Sfakion
* to the island of Gavdos
* in the evening ‘Dolphin Spotting’
* to Domata Beach
There are organised trips, with a guide to set you safely on your way, to the Samaria (18km) and the Agia Irini (8km) Gorges, with the return by boat.
It is also possible to take the local bus at 6am to the top of either Gorge and then buy your own boat ticket back to Paleochora.
Other trips may be advertised locally