The village of Kalives is by the sea, close to the entrance to Souda Bay, 20 km east of Chania. The countryside close to Kalives, with many olive groves is greener than elsewhere in Crete and the White Mountains make for a sensational backdrop. Kalives is a charming seaside town that retains the feel of a sleepy Greek village whilst offering many of the attractions and facilities of a Mediterranean resort, which include several good town beaches and a good choice of cafe-bars, traditional tavernas and shops. There is an excellent bakers and butchers and many other shops and small stores including green grocers, local wine shops and hand made jewellery and gift shops.
Attractions and facilities of Kalives :-
- Traditional waterfront tavernas, cafe bars and restaurants
- Supermarket, green grocer and bakery
- Craftshops and jewellers
- Local Wine supplier
- Blue Flag sandy beaches with sun loungers and parasoles
- WIFI at many tavernas
- Pharmacy and ATM
- Local live music evenings
- Weddings can be organised
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Kalives lies about 20 km east of Chania in the Apokoronas area and is linked with GR-90 (E65). It is on the coast at the entrance of Souda Bay. It essentially consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind. The town is bound on one side by the sea and the other by low hills.
A long sandy beach runs alongside most of the town, interrupted by a small stream popular with ducks. The beach is popular with tourists and there are many apartments and touristy taverna restaurants in the village. However, Kalives is a working – not just a tourist – village, so there is a good selection of shops: bakeries, butchers, ironmongers and so on – even a cooper (barrel maker). Kalives has a nursery/kindergarten/pre school (4-6yrs), Dimotiko (Lower school 6-11yrs), churches, a post office and squares (plateies).
The centre is dominated by a fine church with a square in front which nevertheless can be easily overlooked. Kalives’ saint is Ag. Paraskevi (“Saint Friday”) and the saint’s day, carnival and other festivals are popular celebrations. On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, which is thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the likely site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera’s two harbours.
Kalives is the base of the municipality of Armeni, covering 12 other settlements inland. The current Mayor is Petros Vlachakis(2007) A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them. Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish, snakes and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone. Before reaching Kalami village, another beach – ‘Kyani Akti’ is hidden behind fields of bamboo.
Crete, what the reviews say:
Which? Guide to the Greek Islands:
Crete is a sightseers paradise with an extraordinary range of art and architecture, historic and prehistoric . . . Thanks to its rugged mountains and a rugged friendliness among the local population western Crete is unforgettable
The Rough Guide:
Crete is a great deal more than just another Greek island . . . when you lose yourself among the mountains and the less-known coastal reaches of the south it has everything you could want of a Greek island and more: great beaches, remote hinterlands and hospitable people. Every part of Crete has its loyal devotees and it’s hard to pick out the highlights, but generally if you want to get away from it all you should head west.