The picturesque maritime village of Almirida lies on the entrance of the Souda gulf in Apokoronas county of Chania prefecture, just between Chania and Rethymno towns, with a view of Lefka Ori (White Mountains). It is located 20 km from the centre of Chania town, 30 km far from Chania airport and 15 km from Souda port.
Almirida has two wonderful sandy and shallow beaches with clear water, organized with deckchairs, umbrellas, wc and lifeguards. The place is a real paradise for fans of water sports but also for children, which can swim and play safely at the beach. There is the possibility of renting a boat or taking lessons of surfing and sailing.
The village has everything – super market, bakery shop, restaurants, bars, press, shops, car and bike rentals, taxis and buses. Across the sea-side there are lots of restaurants, or tavernas as called in Greece, famous for their delicious local foods and of course for excellent fresh fishes. If you enjoy walking, Almyrida is surrounded by a few green hills and beautiful country sides which are ideal for enjoyable walks.
In Almirida golf there is the islet Karga, with ancient walls built by the Phoenicians and galleries that were built during the Second World War. The island is a natural habitat for many bird species.
Almirida can be the base for your excursions to one of the prettiest regions in Crete, the area of Apokoronas. Plaka, Drapanos, Kokkino Chorio, Kalives, Kefalas, are some of the unspoiled villages near Almirida which offer breathtaking views of the sparkling blue Aegean Sea and the spectacular Lefka Ori (The White Mountains).Plaka is an enchanting village and Almirida beach is just a stone-s throw down the hill. The village is renowned for its excellent home cooked food from the tavernas that are all set around the village square.
Vamos and Gavalochori are traditional villages in the centre of the scenic Apokoronas. Vamos is the capital of the region, where one can find a medical centre and a post-office. In Gavalochori most of the houses have been renovated in traditional fashion and the village has a pleasant air of rural charm and prosperity. An excellent folklore museum - the Historical and Folklore Museum of Gavalochori - stands in the village; here one can see the history and the culture of the village. It is hosted in a renovated Venetian building with stone arches. Finally, there is an agriculture and tourist women''s co-operation on the main square, which has a cottage industry producing knitting embroideries and laces of delicate art.