22 km east of Chania, the pretty little seaside village of Almerida has two gently shelving sandy beaches fringed by sleepy waterside tavernas as well as a small fishing harbour and little rocky coves, with the sea a marvellous melange of colours from deep aquamarine to a pastel turquoise. A decade ago Almirida was just a fishing village and a weekend watering hole for local Greeks from Chania. Times change of course and Almirida has slowly grown into a small resort with a number of villas, apartments and quite a few hotels. Curiously enough though, the Greeks still come at weekends, the fishermen still fish and the waterside tavernas still have a laid back unhurried atmosphere where time is of no consequence and you can sit for hours lingering over a meal.
The village now has several mini markets as well as a bakers, an internet cafe and a couple of quite trendy bars. Mountain bikes can be hired locally and on the beach you can rent sun beds. The rolling wooded countryside behind Almirida is some of the most beautiful in Crete and a walkers paradise, especially in April and May when spring flowers carpet the landscape in colourful abandon. If you are looking for exciting nightlife Almerida is definitely not a good choice but for a quiet relaxing holiday by the sea, it certainly takes some beating.
"We had a fabulous honeymoon in Almirida which has lovely beaches, tavernas, bars and grocery shops. We loved it and can't wait to go back!"
|Mrs. Levitt - Villa Nynemia ** - Jun 2006|
|"Without doubt the best holiday we've EVER had. Freelance were absolutely fantastic, very professional yet extremely friendly too. The Villa is absolutely immaculate a real home from home with everything you could ever need. Fantastic views to wake up to every day and a sunset to take your breath away! Wonderfully peaceful and quiet. The resort of Almirida has just the right mix of cultures and a sandy beach that is perfect. The owners of the villa Pennie and Nektarious were lovely, very nice people, they made us feel very special. What more can I say, it was so good we've already booked for next year."|
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