Almyrida beach guide Crete
Photo: Sophia's House
Almyrida is a charming tourist resort on the north coast of Crete about 15 kilometres east of Chania.
It is a quiet and attractive seaside village with a string of tavernas sitting behind a pleasant sandy beach.
Apartments have sprung up in the last few years along with a couple of low rise hotels but not enough to spoil the distinctive Cretan character.
Three beaches are strung together around the bay at Almyrida. One beach is stone and pebble; another is a small sheltered strip of sand while the main beach is a large crescent of gently sloping sand.
Taverna tables sit directly behind the main Almyrida sands and the beach enjoys all the usual facilities that include sunbeds, showers and a toilet block.
At the far eastern end of the main Almyrida beach is a small harbour, recently revamped. This part of the beach has the best sand and the safest water.
The western end of the beach, while pleasant enough, suffers from some underwater rocks while public notices warn holiday visitors of dangerous currents.
The village road runs directly behind the beach, while out in the bay sits the small rock islet of Karga where the ruins of an ancient Phoenician wall can just about be seen.
Almyrida village has a dozen or so tavernas and cafes, all very fine although many visitors like to take the road up the hill to Plaka, in the west, where there are two excellent tavernas.
UK ex-pats have opened the popular Enchanted Owl restaurant which offers English food (including fish and chips) as well as Indian and Indonesian dishes.
Otherwise, facilities are what you would expect in a small village, a couple of small mini-markets, a kiosk, a tourist shop and ar and bike hire is available.
Almyrida is a very pleasant family beach resort, within easy striking distance of the west Crete city of Chania should you want a more lively day out.
There are several coves on the cliff path to Kalives and there are good walks in the area with spectacular views over the bay of Souda.
A mountain path between Almyrida and Kalives offers fine views over Suda Bay. The road from nearby Drapanos to Kefalas has some splendid panoramas, as does the walk from Plaka, through Kambia, to Kokkino Horio.
The city of Rethymnon on the north coast of Crete is packed with colourful parades and impromptu street parties in a celebration that has been running more than 100 years.
An intricate mosaic of pebble and stone cover a complex of buildings at Koumos, including a taverna and even a chapel, in an architectural extravaganza that will take your breath away.
Also, among the weapons on display at the Arkadi Monastery are some of those used in the famous siege, including flintlock rifles and long-barrelled pistols as well muskets.
Crete may be a holiday hotspot today but the islands was once the scene of a ferocious firefight between Allied troops and German paratroopers now buried in war cemeteries.