Paleochora in My View – Christmas Competition 2016

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It’s often said, and with good reason, that all visitors who come and discover what a special place Paleochora is, will inevitably return.  Some, and there are many, have been coming annually for decades.  A fortunate few have bought land and built a home in hills overlooking the town ; Lynne and I did just that, living happily for twelve years in her “paradise” until she left us in 2011, so badly missed.

Everyone has their favourite view of Paleochora ; for some, travelling over from Chania by car, taxi or ‘bus, it’s the avenue of eucalyptus trees as they enter the village, and think “I’m back.”

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Others arrive by ferry, maybe from Loutro or Sougia, and watch excitedly from the deck as the “Samaria” approaches the Skala.

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Everyone should climb to the Venetian “kastelo” for perhaps the best view over the town.

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Many visitors come in spring and autumn to walk, maybe along the E4 path between Elafonisi and Sougia, or enjoy the numerous other local walks described in the “Explore” series, or in my two guides “Ten Walks” & “More Walks” from Paleohora.

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Everyone has their favourite cafe for breakfast, morning coffee or lunch by the sea ….

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…. and a special taverna or restaurant for a leisurely, and maybe romantic dinner under the stars.

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Many are content to relax and do little except enjoy sea views to our “crocodile” at Cape Flomes,

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Especially in winter, with a backdrop of the snow-covered White Mountains.

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Not everyone will be up early enough to witness the sunrise from Chalikia or “stony” beach ….

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….  but the magnificent sunsets from Pachia Ammos, our “sandy beach” are memorable.

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For this year’s competition, all you have to do is choose which of the twelve photographs is “Paleochora in My View”, and then  – using no more than 140 characters  –  say why.

All entries will be judged, and a winner chosen, by Markella Perrakis, our town councillor with a special interest in tourism.   And of course the usual prize, of a Ten-Euro gift voucher to exchange at “To Delfini” bookshop.

Happy Christmas  – “Kala Xristougienna” – and much more to “Explore” in 2017

The competition has closed


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5 Responses to “Paleochora Christmas Competition 2016”

  1. irene pentelow

    🙂 🙂 going to have to recover first from that stunning collection of photos accompanying the dialogue, thanks Bob – all thats needed to cheer up a wet Thursday morning in blighty (yesterday being wet-Wednesday) x

  2. Midori Nomura

    Thanks for letting me being in touch with Paleochora in this way. I just absolutely adore this little hidden gem, Paleochora, on Crete Island, which I personally really don’t wish to share with general public, but for the sake of Paleochora’s future, this is very smart idea to conduct ” Xmas Competition ” to promote the town. Good luck.

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