Pachia Ammos beach, Kandanos - Selino, Chania

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Author: Giannis Foudoulakis
The beach of Pachia Ammos in Palaioxwra, Chania, West Crete

The beach is one of the two located in the town of Paleochora in the south-western tip of Crete. Paleochora is a small town of 2,000 inhabitants that is located approximately 80 km from Chania city and attracts many tourists every year. The village is built on a peninsula next to the ruins of the Venetian castle of Selino that gave its name to the municipality. To the left and the right of the castle lie two extensive beaches, a pebbly beach (Chalikia) to the east and a thick sandy beach (Pachia Ammos) to the west. Due to the opposite direction of each of these two beaches, on the same day, one can have big waves and the other can be calm, making Paleochora the ideal destination for beach lovers.

Pachia Ammos has fine golden sand and shallow waters, unlike most of the beaches in this area. All along the coastline you will find mini markets, cafés, restaurants, beach bars and a well organised beach. If you walk west towards the outside of the village, the beach is quieter, less organised and is preferred by naturists.

There is a regular local bus service to Paleochora from Chania and ferries to and from Sfakia, Sougia and Gavdos. Once you get there, don't miss walking through the stone paved centre of the village and climb the steps up to the castle. We also recommend you to take one last swim before you leave at the stunning beaches of Gyaliskari & Anydroi 4 km to the east of Paleochora.

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