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kalyves on crete mapKalyves is a pretty seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania.

Kalyves is one of the resorts on Cape Drapanos, along with Almyrida and Plaka, which are famous for their lovely beaches but also their intensive building development. Thousands of British people visit Kalyves every year, not just on holiday but also to buy land and summer villas.

Kalyves on a cloudy day in late September

Apokoronas is one of the most beautiful and greenest parts of West Crete.

Here you will find woods, large areas of cultivated land, mountains and hills with small settlements and beautiful, picturesque villages, all well worth visiting for a taste of Cretan nature and traditional Cretan architecture.

Kalyves - Map

kalyves map


How to get to Kalyves

beache in kalyves

From Chania to Kalyves. Take the National Road towards Rethymno (east) and turn off at the Kalami exit. The signposts will lead you to Kalyves and Almyrida without any risk of losing your way. The tarmac road is good, with a few bends as you approach the village.

From Rethymno and Heraklion to Kalyves. If you’re coming from Rethymno, Heraklion or points east, you can take the National Road (E75) west to Chania and turn off at the Kalami exit. Kalyves is 40 km from Rethymno and 115 km from Heraklion, i.e. about 2 hours’ drive.

An alternative route if you’re coming from the east is to leave the National Road at Georgioupoli, to follow the scenic route through the pretty villages of Apokoronas, such as Vamos. This route is slightly longer but much more rewarding.

Kalyves is ideal for…

kalyves, main roadKalyves is ideal for people in search of a quiet holiday at an organized Cretan resort, without being in a busy, noisy place.

Kalives is generally a quiet place ideal for those who wish to explore the area of Apokoranas with the small picturesque villages.

Kalyves is ideal for families who want to relax and let their children play safely on the beach.

Τhe relatively shallow water of the large beach at Kalyves is perfect for children of all ages.

Another advantage of Kalyves is that it’s close to Chania. You must definitely visit the city during your holidays, for both the sights and the fun it offers.

Holidays in Kalyves means holidays in one of the loveliest areas of Crete and unlimited opportunities for pleasant excursions across Chania Prefecture and the west of Rethymno Prefecture.


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