The villa is in 16km distance from the city of Chania, 26 km from the airport of Chania (Ioannis Daskalogiannis) and 125km from the airport of Heraklion (Nikos Kazantzakis). The historic center of Chania is the most well preserved historic center of the island and includes cobbled streets and traditional buildings, which reflect the history of the city from the ancient times to the present, as well as the picturesque old port with the lighthouse, which is an absolute must see.
Kalyves consists of two settlements, the old and the new town which co-exist in total harmony. The village offers a mix of stone-built houses with the characteristic red-tiled roofs and modern infrastructure, covering all types of visitors.
What to do in Kalyves Village
The town is developed for tourism and is inhabited all year round. Therefore, it can meet your every need as it has many shops as well as banks, a post office, pharmacies and a doctor’s office. Chania, located west of it, is 17 km away while Rethymno is 23 km east of it. With Kalyves as your starting point, you can make excursions to many parts of western Crete as the surrounding areas are rich in attractions. In fact, at a distance of only 5 km is the excellent archaeological site of Aptera, which is definitely worth visiting.
Kalyves is one of the areas famous for its beautiful beaches, but also for its intense residential development. Thousands of Brits visit Kalyves every year, not only for holidays, but also to buy land and villas for summer homes.Kalyves are ideal for those who wish to have a quiet holiday in an organized resort of Crete, without being in a busy and bustling place.Kalyves in general is a calm place with a relatively slow pace, ideal for those who want to explore the Apokoronas area with its small picturesque villages.
History of Village
During the 15th century, the region of Apokoronas was one of the castellanies of the prefecture of Chania and had as its headquarters the Castel Apicorno, which was located in the same place where Kalyves are today. The Castel Apicorno castle, the ruins of which are preserved east of Kalyves, was built in 1206 by the Venetians to face potential enemy raids. In the event of an attack on the castle, the Venetian settlers found refuge, while the local population was usually left to its own devices.
From 2000 onwards, intense building activity began in Kalyves and the other villages of Apokoronas in order to offer holiday homes and permanent residences to Northern Europeans, who chose the area for the unique natural landscape, the good climate and the conveniences offered by the short distance From Chania.
If you have a car, Kalyves is very close to the ancient city of Aptera (5 km), as well as to the Ottoman fortresses of Inzedin and Palaikastro. If you stay in Kalyves you can see the remains of the Venetian castle of Apokoronas on Kasteli hill, an interesting archaeological area with a very nice view of the village. From the name of this castle, the entire province of Apokoronas took its name.
- Nearest Beach – 30 m
- Nearest Resturant – 100 m
- Nearest Grocery Store – 350 m
- Chania City – 16 km
- Rethymno City – 23 km
- Heraklion City – 118 km
- Car: NOT NECESSARY