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Kolymbari in western Crete

Kolymbari (1,100 inhabitants) is located between Maleme and Kissamos in western Crete. It is about 23 kilometres to Chania city and you can go by bus from the bus station in Chania to Kolymbari.


The seafront promenade with tavernas and restaurants in Kolymbari, Crete.

The seafront promenade in Kolymbari.



Kolymbari is still in its beginning of its tourist development. It is only in recent years that Kolymbari has started to receive package tourism. Several of the hotels are of the kind all inclusive. I don't know why, maybe it's a trend in new tourist resorts, or it is owning to Kolymbari beach's many competitors among tourist resorts like Agia Marina and Agii Apostoli. Fitness holidays seems to be a specialty.


The beach of Kolymbari in  western Crete.

The beach of Kolymbari in one direction.

The long beach consists of small pebbles. At the beginning of the beach there is a short promenade with some tavernas. There are of course more tavernas in the village itself.

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Kolymbari beach. Crete.

The beach of Kolymbari in the other direction.


If you are interested in wine, you can visit the Karavitakis Winery located in the area of Kolymbari. There is also a large monastery - Monastery of Gonia - a short distance from Kolymbari. You see the monastery to the right in picture.

The area south of Kolymbari is covered with olive trees. You almost feel dizzy when you look out over the valley because of the many olive trees. The village of Vouves south of Kolymbari is the location of the world's oldest olive tree.

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