Almyrida

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Almyrida

almyrida on crete mapAlmyrida is in the Apokoronas area, at the entrance to Souda Bay, about 2 km after Κalyves and 22 km from Chania.

Almyrida is a seaside resort extending about 2 kilometres along the coast. The resort itself is quite small and touristy, with many hotels and apartments for rent.

Like neighbouring Kalyves, Almyrida has been very built up in recent years, due to strong Northern European interest in buying land and houses there.

 

almyrida crete

 

On entering Almyrida you will see the coastal road running through the resort, parallel to the beach. The cafeterias and restaurants are clustered on the seaward side, while on the other side of the road there are many shops.

Almyrida on the map

almyrida satellite map

 

How to get to Almyrida

kalyves near almyrida and vamos village
Kalyves is only a short distance from Almyrida,
while Vamos is the largest village in the area

From Chania to Almyrida. Take the National Road towards Rethymno until the exit to Kalyves.

Go past Kalyves and continue on another 2 kilometres to Almyrida (22 kilometres from Chania).

From Chania to Almyrida by bus. There is a daily bus from Chania to Kalyves and Almyrida, with more in the summer. Ask about bus times in the village.

From Chania Airport to Almyrida. There are no buses, so you must either take a taxi or hire a car, delivered to you when you arrive at the airport.

The latter is probably the cheaper option, unless you don’t drive.

From Rethymno and Heraklion to Almyrida. Take the National Road in the direction of Chania.

You can go to Kalyves via Georgioupoli, or continue along the National Road until the exit to Kalyves and Almyrida.

The second route is slightly faster, but the first is more scenic.

 

Almyrida is ideal for …

almyrida beach panoramic image

Almyrida is the ideal place in Crete for people who want to enjoy the sea in peace and quiet, far from the noise of the major tourist resorts.

If you feel like more excitement, you will find it at Georgioupoli, a few kilometres to the east.

kids on almyrida beachHolidays in Almyrida are the ideal choice for families with small children, as there is an organised beach and everything a family might need on holiday.

You can use Almyrida as a base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny hamlets hidden in the hills or nestled on the green mountainsides.

Almyrida also offers the opportunity for budget holidays near Chania, as the city is only a short distance away and you can easily go there by bus, while the hotels in Almyrida are definitely cheaper that those in Chania.

Beaches in Almyrida

almyrida beachAlmyrida has two sandy beaches, fully organised with umbrellas, loungers and a lifeguard, while there is also a third beach with pebbles just before the village.

The beaches of Almyrida are awarded a Blue Flag every year, showing that the sea is clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and customer service facilities.

Indeed, both the beach and sea of Almyrida are extremely clean. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for families with small children.

Both beaches at Almyrida are very exposed to the winds, and on windy days you may see large waves.

windsurfing almyrida beachHowever, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good: the wind and waves have made Almyrida a windsurfers’ paradise.

Even if you’re not an expert windsurfer, you can try your luck, as you can rent a board on the beach and there are even windsurfing trainers here - mainly in the high tourist season.

The more daring can try the small single- or two-seater sailing boats for a trip to explore the sea caves along the rocky coast east of Almyrida.

 

 

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