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Almerida & Plaka, Crete

22 km east of Chania, the little seaside village of Almerida ( or sometimes , Almirida)  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, acouple of rather cosmopolitan beach side tavernas 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.

A little inland, Almirida is overlooked by the charming and verp popular Cretan village of Plaka with its village square flanked with great tavernas and sea views.

Blue Flag International  Almirida beach is a Blue Flag Beach  

 

Accommodation in Almerida & Plaka

5 properties available in this area

Villa Afrati
Villa Afrati
7 Reviews
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

"Archetypical family sea view Villa features stone arches wood beams. Walk to the village square."

  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi
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Villa Kallisto
Villa Kallisto
23 Reviews
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

"Sunday Times Featured "40 Hottest Villas in Europe". Clean sharp lines for this Villa with inspiring sea and mountain views"

  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi
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Villa Nynemia
Villa Nynemia
33 Reviews
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

"Sunday Times featured 'Top 100 Villas'. On a hill above Almerida, a major-league sea view Villa "

  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi
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Villa Zara
Villa Zara
7 Reviews
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

"A family sea view Villa of note with nothing left wanting. Walk to the village square. "

  • 6
  • 3
  • 3
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi
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£128 £112
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Villa Argiro
Villa Argiro
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

"Plaka Village life with pool, stroll to shops & tavernas"

  • 6
  • 3
  • 2
  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi
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£135 £114
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