Almyrida (sometimes spelled Almirida) is a small village with about 1000 permanent inhabitants in the Apokoronas area, located in the bay of Souda some 25 km west of Chania. The village looks out over the sea and the Akrotiri peninsula.
Traditionally a fishing village, Almyrida is today a small seaside resort extending approximately 2 kilometers along the coast. There are two sandy beaches fully organized with sun-beds and umbrellas, and a lifeguard, and a third beach with pebbles just before the village. The beaches of Almyrida are awarded the Blue Flag every year, ensuring that the sea is clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and customer service facilities. The sea has crystal clear shallow waters making it ideal for families with small children.
In front of the beach there is a cute islet called Karga. In Almyrida, you can also find the remains of an early Christian basilica from the 5th century with mosaics and some fallen down pillars.
Along the beach are a good selection of tavernas offering a wide range of cuisine, (many of them serving fresh fish) whilst enjoying breath-taking views across the beach and Souda bay. The sunsets in this part of Crete are spectacular as the sun falls across Souda Bay.
Almyrida also has a good choice of coffee shops, bars, gift shops, bakeries, and 2 small supermarkets. Supermarkets with more choice of vegetables, fruit and fresh meat are in the nearby village of Plaka and Kalyves.
Almyrida is also the crossroad to the sea-side larger village of Kalyves and the picturesque village of Plaka situated right above Almyrida. A short drive (15 to 20 minutes) brings you to a completely different world of large trees and olive groves, villages with historic stone buildings dating from the Venetian and Turkish times and interesting old small churches such as in the lovely villages of Kokkino Horio, Vamos, Gavalohori, Kefalas, Douliana, Fres, Vrysses, Maheri, and Ramni.
Compared to some of the other districts of Chania, the area of the Apokoronas (where the Almyrida is situated) still makes a pretty unspoiled impression, with its hills of olive groves, lush nature, old traditional mountain villages and good roads with limited traffic.
You can use Almyrida as a base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, and the old beautiful Venetian town of Chania when you plan your holiday in this area.
Almyrida and Apokoronas are the ideal place in Crete for people who want to enjoy the sea in peace and quiet, far from the noise of the major tourist resorts.