Paleochora itself offers an extensive sandy beach, windsurfing, whale watching trips, dolphin spotting excursions, bird watching - a lot of raptors and songbirds.

Walk a circuit route from Paleochora to Anydri via the gorge to return along the coast. And don't miss to swimm during your return at Gialiskari Beach at the end of the gorge. The nicest stretch is the beach with coarse sand at eastern end, left of the Kantina.

There is a select collection of more than 10 beaches with crystal clear water around Paleochora, some of which are among the best in South Crete.

There is a diving center in Paleochora.

You could use the ferry, and hike the famous Samaria Gorge (from Ayia Roumeli) or the quieter Ayia Irini gorge (from Sougia).

Some other small gorges. Topoliano which is one of the most famous gorges of the area starting in the village of Kotsomatsades. The road to Kissamos twists and turns next to the gorge and passes through a small tunnel of the rock on the way to the village. There one can enjoy the refreshing waters, the chestnut trees, the olive trees, the poplar trees and the beautiful and colorful bougainvilleas. Or maybe the great Kalogirou Gorge, with a free and wild nature. The path begins from the village of Agioi (northwest of Paleochora) and ends after 5.0 kilometers at Coundoudiana/Sassalos.

Or catch the ferry to Sougia, Agia Roumeli and Loutro ... full of surprises.

Catch the weekly ferry to Gavdos, a remote, and no better place for peace and isolation a marijuana-friendly islet of sand dunes and low cedar trees, which is also Europe’s southernmost point ... don't forget to return back.

Visit the monastery of St John(key to the museum from Alpha taverna)at Azogires the most beautiful village around Paleochora, an eccentric place full of legends involving river nereids in its waterfallls and medieval ascetics who inhabited cave dwellings.

Or follow the ‘E4’ footpath along the south coast to the magical valley of Lissos, with its ancient temple and healing spring, and catching a ferry back from Sougia (6 hours).

Are you not so active .... maybe a bit lazy ... using the ferry, hike the famous Samaria Gorge (short way - from Agia Roumeli) or the quieter Ayia Irini gorge (from Souyia).

A must for the most of the people maybe .... drive to the lagoon-like beach at Elafonissi - early, to beat the crowds; and visit the Chrisoskalitissa monastery on your return.

Or maybe you love nature ... admire the spring flowers – dozens of orchid species, dragon arum etc. 

Last but not least for romantic nights, the Open air Cinema – a fantastic experience. Enjoy you drink sitting in the open summer air in an ok seat with a little table Another absolute must.  A board in the main street tells you what’s on. The films change nightly. And it’s cheap!

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