Sometimes you find a place and you know it is just right. Paleochora is that pair of shoes. It has a wonderful vibe, it is not too big and not too small, it not expensive, it is set on a peninsula with two beaches, one a long crescent of sand, the other stony, some lovely places to eat and it even has a half-decent footie team you can go and watch. All of this makes Paleochora our favourite place we have stopped in the seaside envelope. It is pure Goldilocks.
We made the short trip from Elafonisssi up and over the high White Mountains to Paleochora. A moderately easy drive with no tiny villages to navigate.
Paleochora 21/10 – 31/10/2016
We stayed in three different places while in Plaeochora. The first a couple of Klicks out of town in a small sheltered bay, the second a bit closer at the end of the sandy beach and lastly right on the prom in the middle of town. We are getting to the point where we now believe it is quitter in the centre of towns than it is outside. The main reason for this is less traffic noise. As no one pays any notice of speed limits and exhausts are viewed as something to make as much noise as possible then it can get quite vocal from about 5 AM. This is right in the middle of Tracy’s beauty sleep for God’s sake.
Paleochora would make an ideal place for anyone who wanted to visit Crete in a more conventional way than our method. It is a great base for day trips to Elafonissi, Samaria Gorge, Chania and for the Coastal Ferry that leaves bright an early at 08:30.
We got into a bit of a routine while we were here that involved having a walk around the peninsula, a couple of drinks with the Liverpool supporting locals who just happened to own the only place in town to show English footie and eating the finest barbequed food we have ever tasted at the Family Grill in the little square. I never thought I would say this but it is even better than Makis in Makrygialos.
View from the Van at Sunset
In-Line to watch the nightly Promenade
We blended in so well with the locals that we were the VIP guests when Paleochora played Chania in a top of the table clash in the fourth division of Greek football. Currently the P’s are sitting top of the table and if they get promoted they will their matches covered by Greek TV. All of this is possible by one of the beach bar owners doing a Roman Abramovich and stonking up a large amount of cash to pay for the players. In return they work in his various restaurants around town. So here we are at the footie which the P’s won 1-0 to remain top of the league
The Ground from the Main Stand
It’s Behind You
One of our highlights on our daily walk was to go by the Dog Sanctuary and after a couple of days we were met by the latest additions of the doggie world. Never mind the signs telling you not to go anywhere near them in case of disease we couldn’t resist.
New Fluffy one
We were in town for the national holiday to celebrate Greek Independence day. This involves the children of the town getting dressed up and marching through the streets. Some sport the wearing of a white shirt to pay their respects to the dead while others put on traditional dress. This is all served-up the beat of a small band of drummers. We even made a film and you can watch it here:
Young’uns with flag
If you ever visit this town then one of the other must-do things is to each breakfast at Manos. For €7 you can eat as much as you want and it is superb. Traditional Pies meet pastries with a supporting cast of eggs, sausages, bacon, Fresh OJ, coffee, cereals, etc etc. Nor is it just a matter of quantity the artisan who works here would be my tip for any bake-off type programme. World Class.
And that is our visit to Paleochora. We had a little tear in our eye as we left as we knew we would never go anywhere better than this.
Final Sunset on our final day
Love to All