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Located on the north west coast of Crete, Kolymvari is a seaside village with magnificent cliffs, great places to walk and lovely nearby towns to visit. With excellent restaurants and tavernas and fine white sandy beaches nearby, a Kolymvari villa holiday is bound to be a relaxing getaway in a beautiful Grecian destination.

Things to do in Kolymvari

Start in Kolymvari by taking a wander through the historic town and along the beach while soaking up the vibrant Cretan atmosphere. The village boasts a long Blue Flag beach, which is the perfect place to take a break, relax and enjoy the sunshine. Cool off with a dip in the crystal clear blue water, or go on one of the many daily boat trips from the harbour and see the island from a different view.

For a change of scenery, head to the white sands of Balos beach, which also has facilities for a whole host of water sports. A trip to the medieval stone city of Chania is highly recommended, with its historic fortress, thriving markets and many shops.

Finish off your day with a meal in one of the town's first class restaurants, serving local specialities and the super fresh, catch of the day. With so much to choose from, Kolymvari truly is a great destination for a family villa holiday.

Getting around the village is easy on foot, but you may also wish to hire a car whilst here and make the most of your villa stay by exploring the rest of Crete at your own pace.

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Villa Nirvana, Kolymvari

History and Culture in Kolymvari

A tree-lined road leads to the Greek Orthodox monastery of Gonia and the Ecclesiastical Academy of Crete. The Monastery originates from the 13th Century while the present buildings date back from 1618-34, all of which are well maintained and still in full use. Their history is rich in adversity, having survived six great catastrophes inflicted by invaders, the last being the German forces in WWII.

A few hundred metres further on towards Afrata stands the Ecclesiastical Academy. If you reach the monastery add a visit to the Academy, it’s well worth the time. A short distance further is a very popular rocky cove, originally for the monks, where an enjoyable swim can be had in peaceful surroundings.

Family holidays in Kolymvari

The beach in Kolymvari is a long narrow stone beach awarded Blue Flag status, stretching all the way to the neighbouring town, Tavronitis. The beach is relatively undisturbed and the view to the mountains on the Rodopou peninsula is magnificent. There are several small shops and a fine selection of family friendly restaurants and cafés there, along with a big supermarket in the town.

There is a bus service to the larger towns of Platanias and Chania, very useful if a day of shopping is on the top of your list. If you are looking for some sandy scenery for the kids just head to nearby Balos beach, renowned for its stunning white sand, which is perfect for a day of sandcastle building. All of our villas come with private pools, so a relaxing day at your holiday accommodation can provide just as much entertainment for all ages.

Family on beach holiday
Sand beach, Crete

Adventurous activities in Kolymvari

Kolymvari beach offers all kinds of water sports, including water skiing, jet skis, banana boats and the classic water cycle, alternatively, you can try your hand at sailing or canoeing.  For the fitness fanatics looking to try something different, try hiking to the village of Afrata, which offers panoramic views of the sea and surrounding area.

After a busy day exploring, relax at your private holiday villa, cooking some of the fresh, local produce on your barbecue. Sample some of the wine of the region and unwind, refreshing yourself for further adventures to come.

Romance in Kolymvari

If you are looking for a romantic villa holiday, look no further than Kolymvari.  Explore the downtown area in search of museums and boutiques or that next delicious meal. If you are celebrating a special occasion perhaps choose a romantic location to sample a five-course supper at a local restaurant. Or perhaps you’d rather just sit together, read a book while sipping hot coffee at one of the cafes scattered throughout the town. Whatever you choose, our range of romantic villas in Kolymvari are ideal. To end the day, take a romantic evening walk along the beach and experience the glorious sun as it sets for the night.

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