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Top Choice Cretan in Paleohora


It’s well worth the short saunter to the peninsula’s southeastern tip to sample the authentic comfort food and warm hospitality at this locally adored taverna across from a small beach. All the classics are here alo…
Museum in Paleohora

Museum of the Acritans of Europe

This little museum next to the town’s ornate church is dedicated to the border fighters and heroes of Europe’s medieval and Byzantine times. It has a well-displayed historical exhibition along with musical instrumen…
Vegetarian in Paleohora

Third Eye

A local institution, the Third Eye, Crete’s only vegetarian restaurant, has an eclectic menu of curries, salads, pastas, and Greek and Asian dishes. There’s live music weekly in summer. The restaurant is just inland…
Cretan in Paleohora

Christos Taverna

Straightforward Cretan and Greek dishes are the order of the day here in this long-standing summer-only taverna near the stony Halikia beach. Pick from what’s fresh, arrayed in casseroles behind the glass.
Bar in Paleohora

La Jetee

A beachside tourist haunt known for its cocktails, La Jetee has a lovely garden and sunset views, plus snacks (€2.50 to €5) are served all day.
Cinema in Paleohora

Open-Air Cinema

Three nights a week in summer, films (usually in English and subtitled in Greek) are screened at Paleohora’s outdoor cinema.
Club in Paleohora

Nostos Club

Nostos Club has an outdoor terrace bar and a small indoor club playing Greek and Western music.
Bar in Paleohora


Casual lounge, bar and music venue, Agios is one of Paleohora’s best hang-outs.
Bakery in Paleohora

Vakakis Family Bakery

Load up on fresh bread and sweet treats paired with hot or iced coffees.
Castle in Paleohora

Venetian Castle

It’s worth clambering up the ruins of the 13th-century Venetian castle for the splendid view of the sea and mountains. The fortress was built so the Venetians could monitor the southwestern coast from this commandin…