Hiring a car is the best way to visit Paleochora, Crete, in order to avoid delays and unnecessary trouble. Paleochora is the “holiday capital” of southwest Crete, and in summer there is something going on for every taste in this picturesque village.
Paleochora, Crete, is in a distance of 75 kilometers southwest of the city of Chania, and if you hire a car, you need about 70 to 80 minutes to get there, depending on the traffic and, of course, how fast you want to drive. The road from Chania city to Paleochora is in excellent condition.
Along the way, you will find beautiful small villages and points of interest that you can freely explore if you have rented a car. A couple of the picturesque traditional villages you will meet en route to Paleochora are Floria and Kandanos.
Paleochora itself is a treat for the senses, as its location is superb: Positioned on the edge of a peninsula overlooking two large bays, it used to be the most strategic place in order to control the surrounding area through the centuries.
This is the reason the Venetians, in the times when they occupied Crete, built a large castle, called Castel Selino, exactly on the edge of the peninsula of Paleochora, in order to protect the place and the settlement from enemy attacks. The only one who finally managed to take over this mighty castle, was the known pirate Hayreddin Barbarossa, who destroyed it in the 16th century. Now, the restored ruins of the castle, lying in a very short distance from the village center, are a perfect sight to visit, if you want to do something different than swimming and relaxing, both of which Paleochora is famous for.