Almirida is a small village with a pleasant shallow beach located in the bay of Souda. Further up the hill (and 10 minutes on foot from the beach), the village of Plaka is also popular because it is very quiet with superb views of the bay of Souda and the White Mountains.
Limited public transport so it is best to have your own car if you want to move around. Almirida is located 25 km from Hania with buses 2 or 3 times a day only.
Atmosphere Almirida is still pretty laid back although tourism has become well developed.
Accommodation New hotels have been built in the past few years so there is plenty to choose from.
Restaurants A few good restaurants.
Shopping Basic. You will find more in Kalives, 4 km away.
Nightlife A couple of bars.
Beach A pleasant sandy beach with shallow water. The beach is small and can easily feel crowded.
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The area has been just developed the last eight years, in a way that the traditional characteristics which attracts the most demanding guests, remained unspoilt.
Historically, it introduces great interest. The whole area used to be a colony of the ancient Foinikes, a place named Finika exists in the area, while some ancient ruins and tombs of the time were unearthed there.
Almirida - In the background we see Plaka
Almirida: a view of the beach
Nature lovers will
find many foot paths leading
to some wonderful secluded beaches.
At the entrance of Almirida archaeologists discovered Mosaic and tombs which belong to the Royal Church rhythm of the 5th century A.D. Here the last battle between the Greek revolutionaries and the Turks in 1896 took place.
There are a lot of places of interest which guests can visit: like the "Diktamo Gorge" and the "gorge of Saint Nikolas" and the 215 caves scattered in the area.
In the bay of Almirida is the islet "Karga", ideal for a small sea trip, fishing and relax, while some remnants of ancient walls as well as tunnel from the second world war are worth to see. The islet is also a refuge for migratory and endemic birds.
Kokkino Horio a village where the famous film "ZORBAS" based on the novel of Nikos Kazantzakis the Cretan writer, was filmed stands in a small distance from Almirida. Another point of attraction is the small factory which produces items from "blown glass", located also at Kokkino Horio.
A little further from Plaka to the south is the picturesque village "Kambia", with traditional houses, flowery yards and the small chapel of "Agos Nikitas". A local festival is organized every year at September 15 to celebrate the Saint's name day.
At Kambia you will find an exhibition with the work of the well known painter Santorinakis, who has a special technique of painting on mirrors.
Plaka is the biggest village in the area with 250 permanent inhabitants, occupying mostly with farming, cattle breeding, fishing and lately with tourism.
The visitor can admire here a magical sunset, as well as many other attractions like the natural sea caves (nerospilia), the old houses, the narrow stone paved streets and will enjoy the July festival "Plakiana", in honour of the Cretan lyra player Mihalis Papadakis, where many old local customs are brought to life.
Almirida has been characterized (by the authorities) as a place of great natural beauty, and thus all efforts are made to preserve the authenticity of it.
The climate due to the ever present olive trees which go as far as the beach, and the Lefka Ori mountain range is temperate considered to be one of the healthiest in the whole world!
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Once the last boat has left, the village becomes again a restful, calm community between wild mountains and the deep, blue sea.
Almirida, Apokoronas has no nightlife, no cinemas and no entertainment. However anyone who can relate to nature can find plenty to do besides enjoying the almost deserted beaches.
The village is situated in one of the wildest regions of Crete and you could spend weeks exploring the region on foot. We have put
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- Almirida-Kokkino Chorio-Plaka
Almirida is a small
fishing village with a
pleasant shallow beach located in the bay of Souda.
lies along the east of the Souda Bay opposite the cape of
Akrotiri, within 25 kilometers from the city of Hania.
The surrounding area, with picturesque villages, lovely beaches, and
historical sites consists one of the most worth to visit areas in the island
Further up the hill (and 10 minutes on foot from the beach), the village of
Plaka is also popular because it is very quiet with superb views of the bay of
Souda and the White Mountains.
couples will find many foot paths leading to some wonderful secluded beaches.
At the entrance of Almirida archaeologists discovered Mosaic and tombs which
belong to the Royal Church rhythm of the 5th century A.D. Here the last battle
between the Greek revolutionaries and the Turks in 1896 took place.
Kera, Plaka, Kambia, and Kokkino Horio are some of the most
renowned and unforgettable places to the numerous friends of Almirida.
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