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A diverse and enchanting Greek gem

Experiencing traditional Cretan life is always a pleasure, but experiencing it in a village framed by mountains and lush woodland gives the trip another dimension. Located in western Crete and surrounded by the rich vegetation of the Apokoronas region, Kalyves boasts an enviable location with the White Mountains as a backdrop. It's this magnificent setting that ensures Kalyves holidays linger in the memory.

The fishing village’s peaceful atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for those looking to relax, with all amenities close to hand for an easy life. With calm waters, Kalyves Beach complements the village perfectly – it’s clean, sandy and has Blue Flag status – while the resort also makes an ideal base for exploring other similarly enchanting villages in the region, such as Almyrida and Plaka. All of which makes holidays to Kalyves rather special, as you’ll realise the minute you’re welcomed into the village.

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Your Kalyves questions, answered

There are several churches worth visiting, including the Church of Saint Raphael a few kilometres south of the village, plus a fortress and a chapel out on a pier.
Despite its compact size, a number of boat excursions are available, including trips to Souda Fortress, the village of Kalami and the beautiful Zeus Bay, which is accessible only by sea.
Kalyves is popular with families thanks to its relaxed atmosphere and lack of crowds. The beaches are suitable for children, and there are enough shops for all your needs.

Hotels in Kalyves

Kalyves Beach
1,851 reviews
Kiani Beach Resort
3,659 reviews