West Crete

The west coast of Crete is considered to be one of the most admired regions of the island as it combines all the virtues of Crete; magnificent sandy beaches, pure, wild landscape, rich flora with unique herbs and flowers as well as all the particular elements of the Cretan tradition.

This magical journey begins with the chance to explore Balos and Elafonisi, beaches that are ranked in the Top 10 Beaches in Europe by users or any other of the numerous beaches of Western Crete.

Besides from all those natural beauties, visitors can taste the traditional cuisine in a variety of small local taverns which can be found around the beautiful villages, savor wine and tsikoudia, the well renowned cretan drink in the company of locals or go fishing and enjoy trips around Western Crete.
Even though the area of Elafonisi is mainly known for the tropical beach with the turquoise waters and the golden pink sand, the area has a lot more to offer. Visitors can be part of numerous eco- activities or excursions and trips around the area.
Spreading from Balos and Falasarna to Sfinari, Livadia, Elafonisi and Krios peninsula in Paleohora, Western Crete welcomes its visitors to a memorable experience close to nature and tradition.


The village of Livadia

Livadia, is located in the south-Western part of Crete, at a distance of 72 km from Chania and 31 km from Kissamos. The village is located in the middle of the European hiking path E4 - a seaside route of exceptional natural beauty - that extends from the village of Kambos through the villages of Livadia, Chrissoskalitisa and Elafonisi. The route is typical of the rugged beauty of Crete with amazing scenery alternations from olive and locust trees to sea-beaten rocks of black and red volcanic lava.

In the village of Livadia, buying food is still done in the traditional way - you may buy fish from the fishermen in the small harbor, vegetables, dairy products and meat from the farmers, but you can also find some small taverns. There is a grocery store in the village of Chrisoskalitissa and larger supermarkets in the villages of Platanos and Kissamos. A gas station is located in the village of Platanos.


Climate and weather

Crete has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry Summers and very mild Winters. We have 300 days of sunshine every year and it is the sunniest island in the Mediterranean, after Cyprus. Crete also stays warm the longest of all the Greek islands - you can swim off the coast from early April to mid November. We have no rain at all in June, July and August and during these months the temperature of the sea hovers around 27 degrees centigrade although during these months it has been known for the mercury to reach 40 degrees centigrade on the coast with the highland areas being a little cooler! July and August are also the months of the meltemi which is a cooling northerly wind blowing from the north. The island tends to cool down in late September and there is occasional rain in October and November especially in the interior, highland, areas where snow begins to form on the highest peaks of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains).

The climate in Crete is very mild, and the good weather usually last all through the autumn. In the following chart you can see some figures indicating the climate on the island during spring, summer and autumn.