Kalives on Souda Bay
|Population statistics (as of 2001)|
|Time zone:||EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)|
Kalyves lies about 20 km east of Chania in the Apokoronas area and is linked with GR-90 (E65). It is on the coast at the entrance of Souda Bay. It essentially consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind. The town is bound on one side by the sea and the other by low hills. On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, which is thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the likely site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera's two harbours.
Kalives is the base of the municipality of Armeni, covering 12 other settlements inland. A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them. Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish, snakes and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone. Before reaching Kalami village, another beach - 'Kyani Akti' is hidden behind fields of bamboo.
Kalyves is a pretty seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania. Kalyves is one of the resorts on Cape Drapanos, along with Almyrida and Plaka, which are famous for their lovely beaches but also their intensive building development. Thousands of British people visit Kalyves every year, not just on holiday but also to buy land and summer villas.pokoronas is one of the most beautiful and greenest parts of West Crete. Here you will find woods, large areas of cultivated land, mountains and hills with small settlements and beautiful, picturesque villages, all well worth visiting for a taste of Cretan nature and traditional Cretan architecture.
Getting to Kalyves
From Chania to Kalyves: Take the National Road towards Rethymno (east) and turn off at the Kalami exit. The signposts will lead you to Kalyves and Almyrida without any risk of losing your way. The tarmac road is good, with a few bends as you approach the village. From Rethymno and Heraklion to Kalyves. If you’re coming from Rethymno, Heraklion or points east, you can take the National Road (E75) west to Chania and turn off at the Kalami exit. Kalyves is 40 km from Rethymno and 115 km from Heraklion, i.e. about 2 hours’ drive. An alternative route if you’re coming from the east is to leave the National Road at Georgioupoli, to follow the scenic route through the pretty villages of Apokoronas, such as Vamos. This route is slightly longer but much more rewarding.
Kalyves is ideal for…
Kalyves is ideal for people in search of a quiet holiday at an organized Cretan resort, without being in a busy, noisy place. Kalives is generally a quiet place ideal for those who wish to explore the area of Apokoranas with the small picturesque villages. Kalyves is ideal for families who want to relax and let their children play safely on the beach. Τhe relatively shallow water of the large beach at Kalyves is perfect for children of all ages. Another advantage of Kalyves is that it’s close to Chania. You must definitely visit the city during your holidays, for both the sights and the fun it offers.
|Year||Village population||Municipal district population|
|Northwest: Souda||North: Cretan Sea|
|West: Keramia||Kalyves||East: Vamos|
|South: Sfakia||Southeast: Fres|
- De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.