Almyrida beach resort in Crete

almyridaThe growing resort of Almyrida is just around the headland from the slightly more popular Kalives. A sandy beach curves around in a wide crescent from a small breakwater which serves as a simple harbour.

Almyrida is a pleasant family beach resort, within striking distance of Chania, with a bakery, mini-market, car rental and a string of tavernas along the shore.

The fine, golden sand shelves gently at both ends but it’s stony underfoot in the middle. A line of tamarisks behind the beach provides some natural shade.

A growing number of apartments, and more recently a small hotel, threaten the resort’s tranquillity but this is still an attractive spot.

Several coves can be found along the cliff path to Kalives and there are good walks in the area with views over the bay of Souda.

Inland from Almyrida lie the hill villages of Kokkino Horio and Plaka, notable both for their location filming in the movie Zorba the Greek and for the fine tavernas set in shady tree-lined squares.