This day is like going back in time as we head to the beautiful south and crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea.
The south is even more laid back and we have hand picked this beach not just for its’ natural beauty but also its close proximity to the small picturesque town of Paleochora, a town that remains a favourite escape for Greeks to unwind and relax.
Paleochora is a small historic town built on a pretty peninsula jutting from the mountains and back in the 1980s was it was subject to a peaceful invasion by the flower power generation of hippies from the UK and other countries (you will see some of them that never left albeit a little older now!) and still today it retains that “peace and love” ambience and pure relaxed casual charm. The town itself has 2 lovely beaches but we turn east along a dirt track of about 2km from the town itself to spend a good part of our day on the beautiful Gialascari beach.
We love this beach, plain and simple! A single simple tavern situated under Cyprus trees gives way to a silver / grey gritty sand meeting gently lapping waves of the shimmering Libyan sea.
You will fall in love with this place and we know we will have our work cut out getting you to leave so in order to tempt you, we have arranged for a late lunch and some time for you to enjoy the quant town of Paleochora with its little artsy shops and beautiful small church built next to walls that once formed part of a venetian fortress.
Lunch will be taken at a beautiful 100% vegetarian tavern in its little courtyard garden shaded by grapevines and scented climbers, delicious freshly prepared food, all grown locally (meat addicts don’t let it put you off, believe me the food is fabulous!) make for a truly relaxing lunch.
Paleochora abounds in small family-run tavernas with simple, typical Greek decorations and hand-painted signs that give the little town a southern old fashion air, with sleepy, empty streets during the day under the strong Mediterranean sun.
But the quiet streets come to life in the evening, when people go out for al-fresco dining and every corner is buzzing with energy, tavernas play live music and outdoor sitting becomes scarce. Friends gathering together, delicious Cretan food, drinks, sweets corner and ice cream parlor, people watching in the main square, relaxed strolls and evening shopping make from the little town an active playground.
We challenge anyone to not finish this day totally relaxed and chilled and don’t worry, if you buy beads and decide on adopting dreadlocks, nobody will mind, it happens a lot!
Trip duration: 8 hours