Almyrida Crete is a seaside village with a long, sandy beach, located in the very green Apokoronas region, approximately 25 kilometers from Chania. Traditionally a fishing village, it is now famous for its delicious food and shallow waters, ideal for children.
The name Almyrida is thought to come from the River Almyros that flows to the west, or from the tamarisks (almyrikia, salt cedar, flowering plants that grow in dry areas) found on the beach and above the main road of the village.
A trio of beaches lie along the crescent bay with the main sandy beach edged with one of stone and another small, but sheltered, strip of sand.
The beach is of good sand but it does dip sharply into the sea and beach notices warn of underwater rocks and strong currents so children must be watched.
For added interest the small rocky islet of Karga sits out in the bay and you can just make out the ruins of ancient walls built across it.
Wind surfers, kayaks, paddle boats and beach chairs can be rented on the beach. There are many taverns, bars, snack and cafe bars, gift shops, grocery stores and bakeries, all of which are open late into the night in the tourist season.
Where is Almyrida Crete located
How to get to Almyrida
From Chania to Almyrida: Take the National Road towards Rethymno until the exit to Kalyves.
Go past Kalyves and continue on another 2 kilometres to Almyrida (22 kilometres from Chania).
From Chania to Almyrida by bus: There is a daily bus from Chania to Kalyves and Almyrida, with more in the summer. Ask about bus times in the village.
From Chania Airport to Almyrida: There are no buses, so you must either take a taxi or hire a car, delivered to you when you arrive at the airport.
The latter is probably the cheaper option, unless you don’t drive.
From Rethymno and Heraklion to Almyrida: Take the National Road in the direction of Chania.
You can go to Kalyves via Georgioupoli, or continue along the National Road until the exit to Kalyves and Almyrida.
The second route is slightly faster, but the first is more scenic.
Almyrida Crete Accommodation
New hotels have been built in the past few years so there is plenty to choose from.
Crete beaches are renowned for their beauty and Almyrida has two gently shelving sandy beaches in a small bay backed in places with waterside tavernas.
Both beaches are safe for children as the sands are soft and golden and gently shelving. Perfect for making sandcastles!
The water is crystal clear and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
The main beach is also great for people with disabilities too as it is easy to access from the road.
There's also a pebbly beach too which is great for snorkeling.