The charming small town Kalives is built on a fertile lush green valley, on the shores of Souda Bay. East of the town, on Kastelli Hill, there are the ruins of the Venetian castle Castel Apicorno that was destroyed in 1538 by the notorious pirate Barbarossa, after which was named the province of Apokoronas. The river Xidas, which runs through Kalyves, flows beside buildings creating a unique landscape. Kiliaris, which empties into the sea west of the town, passes through dense vegetation and is one of the few rivers of Crete that does not dry up in summer. Kalives have traditional paved alleys and medieval buildings, among which there is an elaborate Venetian watermill that is located in the central square with the plane tree.
The long beach of Kalyves is sandy and has shallow waters, suitable for holidaymakers with children. It features showers, sunbeds, umbrellas and lifeguard. There are also trees that provide shade to the bathers during the hot summer days. At the point where Xidas flows into the sea, a picturesque small bridge connects the one part of the beach with the other. Along the beachfront there are several cafes and taverns, where you can enjoy your meal and relax after swimming.
The small town is a tourist destination but also has permanent residents. Therefore, it features many shops and also banks, post office, pharmacies and medical center. Chania is located 18 km west of kalives and Rethymno is 43 km away. From Kalives you can take excursions to many places of the west Crete as the surrounding areas have many sights. Just 5 km away is situated the exceptional archaeological site of Aptera that definitely worth visiting.