Holidays to Kolymbari give you the best of traditional Crete – a peaceful village with a quiet beach and delicious homely food. Plus you’ve got lively Chania just down the road.
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, beach 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 you should always find a place to spread out. The water is shallow near the shore but deepens quickly a little way out. For a change of sandy scenery, you’ve also got Balos beach nearby, 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 winding track 600 feet up to the village of Afrata – with a view to reward your aching legs. Or 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. A vibrant, historic city, the streets 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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