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Things to do in Crete

Kaliviani is perfectly situated near Falassarna beach, Balos lagoon and Elafonisi beach for your authentic beach holidays in Crete.

By choosing your accommodation with us you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the top sights and beaches on the west part of Crete island on Greece having as a starting point the traditional hotel Kaliviani, also in a short walking distance from the hotel you will be able to visit some of the best restaurants in Kissamos and to discover the traditional Cretan cuisine.
› Balos Lagoon - Gramvousa islands

Nothing can compare to this paradise. In the northwest corner of Crete in the Gramvousa peninsula, located the beautiful and popular Balos Lagoon, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. The beach has very nice white and red sand, while in the centre there is a small lagoon with turquoise waters. Opposite the Balos Lagoon are two small islands, Gramvousa and wild Gramvousa, the first is quite small and rocky, the other is much larger and features a castle built by the Venetians.

How to get to Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa:

If you want to visit these two islands and the beach of Balos starting from our hotel in Kissamos on Crete, you can get one of the boats that organize daily cruises, departing from the port of Kissamos. The port refrains just 1.5 kilometres from the Guest house Kaliviani. Also you can go by car, on your motorcycle, by bicycle or on foot always starting from the village Kaliviani, drive 9 km to the end of the road and then follow the path and in 20 minutes you will confort the beautiful beach of Balos.

› Elafonisi

On the southwest coast runs one of the island’s most beautiful beaches in Crete, Elafonisi is piece of paradise. Our hotel near Elafonisi beach is located only 50 minutes driving with your car, one of its key features of Elafonisi is the sand dunes with white sand, crystal clear waters which have turned pink from the thousands of shells shattered over the years which give a special appearance to the beach. Elafonisi island is very close to the beach and you can get there on foot. Certainly a visit to Elafonisi beach in Crete will be unforgettable while you make your vacations in Greece. Near Elafonisi you will find many taverns for lunch until to come back to our hotel and to discover some of the best Kissamos restaurants for your dinner.

How to get to Elafonisi:

If you want to visit Elafonisi beach you can use the public bus or to go by your own car. Elafonisi refrain only 48 km from Kaliviani Traditional Hotel. Driving directions to Elafonisi.

› Falassarna

The beach lies in northwest Crete and is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete and Greece. Falassarna beach has thick white sand with turquoise crystal waters, and the most beautiful sunsets on the island. A very short distance away, one can view the ruins of the ancient city Falassarna, and the ancient port of Polirinia, the name of which was derived from the nymph Falassarna.

How to get to Falassarna:

In order to reach Falassarna beach you must get to Platano and from there turn north towards Kavousi by following the signs. Travelling towards Falasarna you will have a majestic view of the ruins of the ancient city, the dense vegetation and the blue sea. Guest house Kaliviani refrain just 10 minutes from Falassarna beach. Driving directions to Falassarna Beach.

› Paleochora

Located in the southwest part of Crete is a small town, where you will find two wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters. Both have been awarded the Blue Flag by the European Union. You can also visit many other beaches near the site which are less known. In Paleochora you can find restaurants, cafes and many shops including banks and supermarkets. There are several routes, such as the European path E4 & E1, there is also daily sea transportation for Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Sfakia, Elafonisi and Gavdos.

How to get to Paleochora:

If you want to visit Paleochora you can use the public bus or to go by your own car. Paleochora refrain 49 km from hotel Kaliviani. Driving directions to Paleochora.

› Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is the largest in Europe totalling 18 kms in length and its width ranges from 150 to 3 meters. The entrance to the gorge is situated in Xiloskalo, which is the highest point of the plateau with an altitude of 1200 meters. Walking through the gorge, not rushing, takes 6-8 hours. From there begins a magical journey, where the landscape reveals the greatness of nature, countless shades of green, huge ancient cypress trees, crystal clear drinking water, huge rocks and tall mountains. It is estimated that within the Samaria Gorge, there are 450 species of herbs, 70 of which only grow there. In 1962, it was declared a national park in order to protect the rare flora and fauna. It is the location where the Cretan wild goat named Kri Kri lives in addition to many rare bird species. In the middle of the walk is the village of Samaria which is currently uninhabited. Now the landscape is changing, both sides of the gorge have come very close together at a distance of 3 meters and 600 meters in height. Passing the narrow passage at the bottom you see the blue sea, after reaching the village of Agia Roumeli, the gorge is over and now you're in the Libyan Sea. Bathing after this long walk is sublime on a beautiful sandy beach with black pebbles in the crystal clear sea.

How to get to Samaria Gorge:

If you want to visit Samaria Gorge you can use the public bus or to go by your own car.Samaria Gorge refrain 65 km from hotel Kaliviani.

› Chania

Chania town is the capital of the prefecture of Chania, located in the north eastern part of the island and is built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia. Many argue that it is the most beautiful and picturesque town of Crete and in Greece, and many cultural events take place each year. The airport is located in Akrotiri and Souda Bay is the largest port in the Mediterranean. Downtown you can see the Municipal Market which takes the shape of a cross, built like the market in Marseille. A very short distance from the centre of town is the Public Garden adjacent to the park ‘Peace and Friendship’. The picturesque Venetian harbour is an attraction for visitors and locals, renowned for its beauty and choice of entertainment for all tastes and requirements. The old city inside the walls keep the Venetian nobility, the narrow cobblestone streets are surrounded by tasteful renewed houses, leading to the Venetian harbour and offering a pleasant walks. The Venetian port has many restaurants, cafes and tourist shops.

How to get to Chania:

If you want to visit Chania you can use the public bus or to go by your own car. Chania town refrain 40 kilometres from Guest house Kaliviani. Driving directions to Chania.

› Venetian port of Chania

Chania’s Venetian Port is one of the most important areas in the city of Chania. It was constructed between 1320 and 1356 by the Venetians to protect the city. The lighthouse is the hallmark of the city. Main elements in the exceptional architecture are the surrounding buildings, narrow streets, and a Turkish mosque and a little further afield, the old shipyards, where the Venetians built their ships. To the left of the harbour is the fortress of Bastion next to the Maritime Museum. Today it is one of the most developed tourist attractions in Chania with many restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars along the sea. Especially at night the view is fantastic!

How to get to Venetian port of Chania:

If you want to visit Venetian port of Cania you can use the public bus or to go by your own car.Venetian port of Chania refrain 40 km from hotel Kaliviani. Driving directions to Venetian port of Chania.

› Kissamos (Kastelli)

Kissamos or Kastelli Kissamou is a very beautiful town with a population of about 10,000 habitants. As the whole of Crete, Kissamos has a long history and is sealed with legends and traditions. It offers at its guests the silence and the peace, away from the noisy big cities. It is a welcoming area that every visitor on his holidays, keeping up to date with their manners and customs of Cretan traditions.

Pleasant and hospitable people, always willing to help all visitors to have that! Kissamos has a port. The port of Kissamos is the link to the island of Kythira and Kalamata, Gytheio and Piraeus. Kissamos (Kastelli) refrains from Chania 38 km or 35 minutes driving. It is a city for short or long getaways. In Kissamos operate all public services, citizen service center, banks, post office, health center, transport offices, car rental offices, offices motorbike, bus station, restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars, internet cafes, hotels, rooms , kamping, fishing shelter, a small marina and any market. The area has many places you can visit on foot or by car. You can visit the lagoon of Balos, an area of natural beauty just 9 kilometers from the village Kaliviani. Gramvousa Islands (islands of pirates with a castle), the archaeological sights of Falassarna and Polirinia, gorges Sirikari, Rocco and Topolia the impressive cave of Agia Sofia, the medieval villages and magnificent clean sandy beaches. The services of the bus to Chania and Kissamos made every hour.

How to get to Kissamos:

If you want to visit Kissamos you can use the public bus or to go by your own car. Guest house Kaliviani near Kastelli Kissamou refrain just 5 km. Driving directions to Kissamos.

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