AlmyridaAt a distance of 25km from Chania towards Rethymnon, you’ll find the small fishing village of Almyrida. Almyrida has only been developed in the last eight years, and still remains unspoilt. Historically, it has great interest. The whole area used to be a colony of Phoenicians, the ancient civilisation from which the area Finikia has taken its name. Ruins and ancient tombs can still be found there from that era.
At the “entrance” of Almyrida, archeological searches have discovered mosaics and tombs which belong to the Royal Church Rhythm of the 5th century DC. The last battle with the Turkish invading army also took place in Almyrida in 1896. There are a lot of places of interest for our guests to visit, like Diktamo Gorge and the Gorge of Saint Nicolas, as well as the 215 registered caves!
Almyrida is often described as an area of infinite beauty. It boasts crystal clear waters, safe and organised beaches (awarded the blue flag every year). The hills, filled with olive trees, go far down to reach the coast, while the mountain range of Lefka Ori in the south, grant the area its cool, temperate climate.
There is regular bus transport to the city of Chania, as well as 24 hour taxi service.
At the local “tavernas”, you can have a taste of the fisherman’s catch of the day, and enjoy the celebrated Cretan cuisine in affordable prices. And to finish off a great day, there are many choices for a night out, with bars, coffee shops etc, that offer fun by the sea front.
You’ll find many stores with traditional artifacts and souvenirs, however, upon leaving the area, don’t forget to buy some of the locally made products, renowned for their exceptional quality: wine, olive oil, tsikoudia (a strong spirit), honey and cheese. Take a flavour of Crete with you back home.
It really is worth seeing the area with your own eyes, meeting the people and experiencing their hospitality by first hand.
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At the bay of Almyrida, just across the Almyrida Beach Hotel & Studios, the small island of Karga is ideal for sea-trips and fishing. The island is a natural habitat for many species of birds, an ideal place to rest and nest. More reasons to visit Karga, to see the ancient walls of Finikian times, and the tunnels built during the Second World War.
All Around the bay of Almyrida are beautiful places and villages like Kera, Plaka, Kambia, Kokkino Horio, Gavalochori and Vamos which, together with Almyrida, make a few of the most remarkable tourist resorts in Crete.
Kokkino Horio is the village where part of the famous motion picture Zorbas was filmed. It is also known for its Blown Glass factory, which attracts many visitors.
In the village of Kambia, with its old traditional houses and their flowered gardens, is the small chapel of Saint (in Greek: Aghios) Nikitas, which celebrates its name on the 15th September. In honour of the Saint, a great Cretan Festival (Greek: panigyri) is held every year on that day. In the same village is the exhibition of the artist Santorinakis, who uses a special art technique of drawing on mirrors, some of which you will find in the Almyrida Beach Hotel.
The next village in line, which is the biggest in the area, is Plaka. Well-known for its healthy climate, it has around 250 inhabitants, who are occupied mostly with fishing, farming, cattle breeding and, of course, tourism. In Plaka, you will find beautiful natural sea caves (watercaves, in Greek: nerospilia), traditional narrow alleys and old, well maintained houses. Every year, in July, a big Cretan Festival (Greek: panigyri) is held, called “Plakiana”, in honour of the famed lyra (Traditional cretan music instrument) player, Michalis Papadakis. There are more traditional celebrations to see in Plaka, but if there’s one thing you’ll never forget, is the spell-binding sunset.
Since the Almyrida Resort is situated between the two Provinces of Chania and Rethymnon, it’s a great opportunity for our guests to visit the Cultural Museum in Gavalochori, the famous Samaria Gorge and the Gorge of Imvros, the Castle of Aptera, the unique natural lake of Crete of Kournas, the tombs of the Venizelos family, the Venetian harbour of Chania, Ellafonisi Beach with the four shades of sand and its old Monastery of Chrisoskalitisa, the Monastery of Preveli, and so much more…
So many places to see, so little time… one thing is for sure: you’ll never be bored in Almyrida!