What to see
Museums - Culture
There is the Acrites Museum which was
founded within Acrinet European
framework by the folklore centre of
Athens Academy. The head of the centre,
Ms Aikaterini Polimerou-Kamilaki, says
that Pelekanos municipality was chosen
for the foundation of the museum because
they still preserve the legends of the
acrites and Digenis Acritas achievements
through songs and places’ names, as well
as the wonderful frescoes of St George,
St Dimitrios and St Theodoros in the
Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches of
There are many beautiful beaches along
the 18-kilometre coast of Paleohora.
On the east part of the coast there is
Gianiskari area which consists of three
different beaches. The one is sandy and
the other two are pebble. For the next 3
kilometres there are only beaches with
pebbles, rocks and caves until you reach
Halikia beach which has been awarded a
On the west, the coast starts with Pachia
Ammos beach which has also been awarded
a Blue Flag. Then there are Trahalos,
Psilos Volakas, Karavopetra,
Grammeno, Krios and Elafonisi beaches.
Agia Irini Gorge
gorge, the longest in Europe, is 18
kilometres long surrounded by mountains
of 2000-2500m in height. It takes about
6 hours to cross and its narrowest part
is 3 metres. It starts from Omalos
tableland and ends to Agia Roumeli
village. You will have the opportunity
to enjoy the wild nature of the gorge
with the rare herbs and flowers. You may
also spot some Cretan wild goats on the
rocks. You will pass through the ‘doors’
of the gorge and arrive at the
spotlessly clean, black sanded beach of
gorge starts from Agia Irini village and
ends in Sougia. Before you reach the
crossroad leading to Leivadas, there are
13 caves in the gorge. Some of them are
Nerotripa, Kokkini Spilia,
Ellinikon, Spiles, Skotino and Harakas.
gorge is the closest one to Paleohora.
It is evergreen containing local Cretan
herbs such as diktamo and
faskomilo as well as oregano, mint,
thyme and a wide variety of wild flowers
and plants. It starts from Azogires and
ends to the sea.
gorge starts from Aligous and ends to
gorge is along the road leading from
Kissamos to Paleohora.
Church of Paleochora
The main church of the area is
100-year-old St Mary’s Cathedral. It is
said that while the church was burning,
its dome fell from a height of 14 metres
and remained intact. There are also the
churches of St George, St Paraskevi,
John the Babtist, St John the Chrysostom,
St Antonios, the Holy Trinity and the
Ascension of Christ.
ruins and domed arched buildings, a
small ancient theatre, ancient baths,
and the Doric temple of Asklipios
containing mosaics of the 4th
situated in Rodovani village.
built beside a castle just above
flourished in the 1st century
the harbour of Eliros and Irtakina.
from which Pelekanos municipality took
Paleohora is built on its ruins.
on the west of Koudoura.
close to Sougia.
The caves of the area are: Zoures
in Azogires, Ligias, Sapouna
in Rodovani village, Xotospiliaro,
Nerospilie and Thafto in
Koustogerako village, Dissea’s,
Halaro and Stalihtra in
Temenia village, Bitoro’s
Sfadahtospilio in Kabanos village as
well as 13 caves in Agia Irini gorge.