Holidays to Kolymbari serve up the best of traditional Crete – a peaceful village with a quiet beach and traditional homemade food. Plus, lively Chania is just down the road when you want to turn the pace up a notch.
Kolymbari sits pretty on Crete's northwest coast. With majestic cliffs on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, this traditional fishing port is a tranquil spot. And what it lacks in nightclubs, it more than makes up for in cosy tavernas, fish restaurants, beaches and scenery. For a bit more buzz, Chania is a bus ride away.
Blue Flag beach
Kolymbari's long beach is ideal if you’re looking for a relaxed spot to sunbathe – it’s not too touristy, so there's plenty of space to spread out. The water's shallow near the shore, but deepens quickly a little way out. For a change of sandy scenery, you’ve also got Balos beach nearby. Its renowned for its white sand, which makes the ocean look a jaw-dropping emerald shade.
The area’s a trekker’s paradise, with clear, well-defined trails to keep you on the right track. Serious hikers will enjoy the challenge of the track that winds 600 feet up to the village of Afrata – with a view to reward your aching legs. Alternatively, you could try the gentler inland path that meanders through Kolymbari's pine woods.
Excursions to Chania
A half-hour bus journey takes you to Chania, the island's second biggest city. The streets here are a jumbled labyrinth of lively markets, museums, shops and restaurants. You can explore the crumbling Venetian harbour, overlooked by a fortress, then hit the buzzy waterfront restaurants for a slap-up meal.
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