Pachia Ammos beach, Paleochora

Pachia Ammos beach, also known as the “sandy beach”, is a stunning sand beach on the west side of Paleochora in Southwest Crete. Since we visited the Paleochora in December the beach was deserted except for a couple of sunbathers (temperatures are still fairly decent in the sun), but expect it to be crowded during the busy summer season. The good news is that due to the lack of the all-inclusive hotels in Paleochora it is still a less crazy environment compared to the beaches on the north coast of Crete.

How to get there:

Going to Pachia Ammos beach from Chania takes about one hour 15 minutes, but you should plan for more time since you will get some fantastic sea and mountain views with plenty of picture opportunities during your drive. If your base is on the north coast of Crete or you make the trek from the eastern part we recommend a stay in some of the inexpensive accommodations available in Paleochora. We opted to stay at Giorgos Apartments and you can find our review here.

Shallow waters and no rocks or pebbles make this an ideal spot for families with small children. A lifeguard is on duty in the summer and amenities such as rentals for umbrellas and sunbeds are available as well. Furthermore you will find beach bars and cafes, with one of them directly delivering cocktails and snacks to your rented umbrella.

Please note that above pictures were taken during off-season, so you will find sunbeds and more people around during regular season. The city center of Paleochora is just a five minute walk away and you have plenty of options to grab a bite to eat or to shop for the float you desperately need right now but left at home.

If you plan to stay in Paleochora and visit all of the beaches in the area, you can find a list of accommodations here.