Discover Almyrida & Kalyves...on Foot

The third book in the serie Discover...on Foot has 11 easy country walks in the area of Almyrida, Kalyves and Stylos, the western part of the Apokoronas area. Also this book has again a lot of extra information about the villages, history and the area. Many beautiful pictures and detailed walking maps make this book complete.
The book is locally available in different shops and hotels in Almyrida and Kalyves. You can also order the book through this website (Webshop).
Graphic design:
Published by:
First published:
Berend Wolffenbuttel
Toine van der Meijden
Berend Wolffenbuttel & Toine van der Meijden
December 2011, second edition October 2012
€ 7,50
Some example pages of the book: click here.

Scroll down below to see a nice slideshow of our booklet and the area of Almyrida & Kalyves!

The villages Almyrida and Kalyves
View of Almyrida and on the background the White Mountains
Almyrida and the White Mountains

View on Kalyves and Drapanos Mountain on Crete
Kalyves and Drapanos Mountain

The church of Agia Paraskevi on Crete
Church of Agia Paraskevi in Kalyves

Almyrida is a small fishing village that lies along the east of the Souda Bay, opposite the cape of Akrotiri, within 25 kilometers from the city of Chania. Almyrida belongs to the municipality of Apokoronas and is part of the municipal administration of Vamos. Almyrida was first established by the ancient Phoenicians who were active traders with good relations with the Minoans. Up to the mid 1990s it was only a small fishing village with no more than 50 – 100 residents. Due to its scenic location and fresh fish, people from Chania and further came to Almyrida to eat in one of the family run tavernas. It gradually started to decline, as the younger people decided to move to the cities for work, however midway through the 1990s more and more Europeans came to this area to buy properties and to settle permanently.

Nowadays Almyrida is a popular beach resort (especially with tourists from the UK, Germany, France and Scandinavia) with a "Blue Flag” beach. It is the perfect place to combine a beach holiday and to explore the countryside behind the village on foot.

belongs to the municipality of ‘Apokoronas’ and is part of the municipal department of Armeni. It is now a popular tourist resort but, in contrast to Almyrida, it is also a working, ‘‘all year round’ village. There are two theories of how Kalyves got its name (Kalyves means huts in Greek). One theory is that the name originates from the Arabs who invaded the region in 828AD and arrived at the village, at a place called ‘Sarakinos’. There they built their houses; the "huts". Another theory is that the name refers to the huts the farmers built in order to live there during the summer, instead of going back and forth to their villages.

The village of Kalyves is built upon the ruins and foundations of the ancient city "Amfimatrion" or "Amfimatron" , which means that in this area or the neighbouring village of Kalami, was the city of Kissamos, the port of the ancient city of Aptera (see page 12), where a shipyard existed. The fact that the area of Kalyves is connected to the ancient city of Aptera leads to the conclusion that shipbuilding was a common activity here. 

Three rivers cross Kalyves, the rivers Xydas, Mesopotamos and Koiliaris. The river Mesopotamos is a man made river, used to give energy to the larger and most complicated Venetian watermill, dating back to the end of the Venetian period. The Koiliaris River is one of the few rivers of Crete that continue to flow during the summer. According to tradition, Byzantine nobles used to dock their ships at this river.

There are three beaches. West of Kalyves at the Koiliaris River is the tranquil beach of Kyani Akti. In the village, to the west side of the Xidas River you will find the beach of Xidas. Between the small harbor and the east side of the Xidas River is the Maistrali Beach.

The centre of Kalyves is dominated by the fine church of Agia Paraskevi (established in 1946). The base of the Holy Table in the church is a big round rock. At the square, at the traditional kafenion, there is a 150 year old plane tree, planted by Sava Pasha. It is worth taking the time to discover the old centre through the small back alleys.


Where to stay?
In Almyrida and Kalyves there are several good accommodations where from you can discover the villages and surrounding area on foot. Here you find some good accommodations that welcome walkers.  

Villa on Crete

Four detached holiday villas in West Crete
The villas are located between the 2 villages of Almyrida and Gavalochori. An ideal location if you value your privacy, yet wish to be conveniently within a few minutes from restaurants, bars, beach and minimarkets. Our villas are surrounded by mature olive trees. The countryside offers spectacular hills and winding valleys, ideal to explore on foot!

Slideshow Discover Almyrida & Kalyves... on Foot