day trips


Organised day trips from Paleochora
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There are a multitude of trips and excursions available from Paleochora; check with the Tourist Information Office, your car hire company or one of towns travel agents for specific details, also keep an eye on the weather, it may affect ferry sailings or times. Below are just a few suggestions for a day out.

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Ancient LISSOS

Travel to Sougia on a private bus, 90 min walk with guide to the ruins of Lissos where you can see remains of temple, bath, mosaics and Roman tombs. Return to Sougia by taxi boat where your bus picks you up to return you via the village of Temenia, where you stop for dinner.



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Drive from Paleochora to Elafonissi in the morning. After a  few hours for swimming, relaxing on the “pink beach” or a wander around the nature reserve, you move on to the monastery “Chrisoskalitissa”. After that, your road back takes you to the mountain hamlet Elos where you can enjoy a walk along the small river under olive, plane and chestnut trees and have a hearty meal in one of the local tavernas.



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Transfer to/from Kissamos by bus. A one hour boat trip will take you to the pirate island Gramvousa with its impressive castle. Time for some sightseeing and/or a quick swim and after 2 hours the cruise boat will take you to Balos lagoon. Disembark on the beach or stay on the boat and make use of the attached water slide.The restaurant on board is open throughout the trip!



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This characteristic traditional village of about 300 inhabitants is the end of the ferry line along the coast. From here you can catch the bus back to the north coast or one to take you further east along the south coast. Depending on the schedule and the season, a ferry may also depart from here to Gavdos.
For further information and tickets see the local travel agencies.



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Samaria Gorge

At 13 km long, the Samaria Gorge is Europe's longest gorge and you will descend 1250 metres from the entrance to the sea. The Gorge is only open from May to October and, though not difficult to walk, you must prepare properly before you make the trip.

Make sure to wear good shoes, flip flops or beach shoes won’t do, use sun protection and wear a hat, carry a water bottle for refills and take food with you; there is nothing to buy between the entrance and Agia Roumeli at the end of the gorge! Wells and toilets can be found every few kilometers along the well kept path.

(Bring your swimming gear and a towel; after walking 13km, you may not be able to resist the sea at the end of the walk!)

Return to Paleochora by the regular ferry from Agia Rumelli.

Agia Irini Gorge

The Gorge is only 7.5 km long, less spectacular than the Samaria Gorge but also a lot less crowded. The scent of wild herbs will accompany you most of the way.

You are advised to bring food and enough water with you, since the wells are often dry. There is however, a snack bar at the entrance of the gorge and a taverna at its end.

Return to Paleochora either by your tour bus or by the regular boat from Sougia.