Almyrida is a small village on the north coast of the western Crete. It is ideal for a relaxing seaside holiday, where you are surrounded by nature and just a short drive away from the airport or the city of Chania. Until recently it was just a fishermen village of 50-100 residents. Due to its wonderful Mediterranean climate, its two clear sandy beaches and its beautiful nature, the village has recently evolved into a tourist resort.
Almyrida is now famous for its fish taverns and great local products, as well as its quality night-life. The natural surroundings and neighbouring villages offer endless hours of trekking and exploring while there is always one or the other traditional celebration with local food, music and dances.
Kalyves is a relatively large village located on the coastal side between Chania and Rethymno city, a 10-minute drive away from Niriides Apartments. It is worth to pay a visit to this settlement to witness an interesting overlap of traditional Greek village with a tourist resort.
There, you will find a variety of good restaurants, shops and bars, all with a stunning backdrop of the White Mountains and breathtaking landscapes of wild Cretan Nature. Kalyves is perfect for spending one day swimming, tasting the food, and strolling around.
Aptera is an ancient city that you can reach after a 20-minute drive from Niriides Apartments. It is one of the most beautiful historical sights of Western Crete, that is still not so popular among the tourists what makes it even more special.
This ancient city was founded in the 8th century BC on a hill 230 meters above the water from where you can see the panorama of entire Souda Bay. Once, it used to be a city of great importance, until sadly it was destroyed by the great earthquake in 4 BC.
The charming city of Chania is located only a 30-minute drive away from Almyrida Bay. It is a must to visit this incredible city with a long history and mixed heritage. Hundreds of years under Venetians, and then Turks, left a noticeable trace on this place, turning it into a truly unique scenery.
Stroll around the Old Venetian Harbour and appreciate the fascinating eclectics of churches and mosques standing side by side with modern bars, shops and restaurants. There, you can explore the divine gastronomy of Chania region, shop local goods and artisan products, and take breaks with delicious cocktails at trendy spots.
Argiropolis village is not only a beautiful place with natural springs but also a point of great historical importance. Once, many centuries ago, it used to be called Ancient Lappa that was one of the biggest settlements of the time in the island of Crete.
Stroll around the village that forms an amphitheatre around the hills to discover the surprising adjacence of traditional Cretan buildings and Venetian Noble houses standing next to each other. Visit tavernas, so popular amongst locals for its fresh sweetwater fish and smoked meat.
The exotic beach of Falassarna is located 59km west of Chania city and almost 17km west of Kissamos, at the western base of Cape Gramvousa. At the northern end of the beach, you will find ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Falassarna.
Falassarna bay is one of the most famous beaches in Greece and has been awarded the best beach of Crete and one of the 10 best beaches in Europe. Falassarna is made up of five different beach beaches, with the two central being the most popular amongst travellers.
Samaria Gorge is located in the southwest of Crete in the regional unit of Chania. It was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. The gorge is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending in the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. The walk through Samaria National Park is 13 km long, but one has to walk another three kilometres to Agia Roumeli from the park exit, making the hike 16 km long.
The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as the Gates, where the walls of the gorge come as close to each other as 4 meters while pinning the sky on the 300 meters height. In the year of 1962, Samaria was acknowledged as a national park, mainly due to a variety of endangered species such as Kri-Kri goat.
Elafonisi is located 76km west of Chania in the southwestern tip of Crete. Its exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water are formed on both sides of the peninsula. The sand is pinkish in many places, taking its colour from millions of crushed shells. Near the breaking point of the peninsula, the sea water does not exceed 1m in depth, creating a small lagoon making it ideal for children. You can easily explore and cross the lagoon in order to reach the opposite side of the peninsula.