Something of a foodies paradise, the village of Armeni is notable for its large shady plain trees lining the main street where you will find a choice of simple cafenions and two excellent tavernas. There is also a small mini -market and amazingly, a well stocked delicatessen with wonderful local cheeses, yoghurt and charcuterie as well as a large choice of frozen fish. First thing, fresh bread is delivered to the cafenion on the small triangular central square you’ll see what we mean! Plus, a sweet shop has just recently opened which offers a good choice to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Nearby Kalives (approx 5min drive)
18 km east of Chania and strung along the edge of Souda Bay, Kalives is still very much a Greek village that has taken tourism in its stride and the bustling main street reflects the status quo with local shops, mini markets, tavernas and cafes happily doing business with all and sundry.
There’s a pretty little river which huge trout are rumoured to inhabit and where small plump ducks encourage children to feed them. Sheltered by the headland just to the east of the village is an excellent sandy beach with convenient cantinas selling cool drinks for sunbathers, whilst pedaloes and water skiing are readily available for the more energetic. Just back from the main thoroughfare in a warren of narrow streets tucked into the hillside, the locals go about their daily life in time honoured fashion and if you venture into the nearby countryside, you will discover numerous tiny villages in idyllic rural settings.
With almost a dozen tavernas, plus a number of small hotels and a choice of cosmopolitan little bars or ethnic cafenions, Kalives has much to recommend it to the visitor and yet happily manages to retain that quintessential Greekness.
Sandy beach , bit coarse but good when wind is up. Beachside tavernas/cafes right on beach.
Small naroow sandy beach, fairly shallow, nice for kids.
Pipperia Restaurant- The pepper, Kalyves , Crete
+30 2825 031077
Situated right on the beach west of Kalives town, look out for the sign with a green pepper on it. Very popular with the local s so it can get very busy and servise slows down, usually on Sunday lunchtime. Wide variety of dishes and superb for families with kids because pf its location, right on the beach.
Taverna Provlita, Kalyves , Crete
+30 2825 031835
Situated on the west side of Kalives on the sea front, great grilled meats & appetizers. Open in the evenings. Apart from the main taverna, in summer there is a place right next to the sea tht is opposite.
+30 2825 031096
Located right on the beach overlooking the sea . Lovely surroundings. Variety of Cretan dishes & some interestingly different ways to cook the lovely fresh Cretan foods.
Drosostalia, Armeni, Crete
Right next to the small river, this taverna prides itself on portions as well as taste.All meats & vegetable dishes are fantastic. In the sleepy village of Armeni, you will not expect such lovely food, a must to try on holiday but suggest ‘family style’ as the portions are extremely large!
+30 2825 032332
Beach 2.5 kms
Tavernas 2.5 kms
Mini Market 2.5 kms
Distances from Airport/Port
Ferry Port Pessada 5 kms
Ferry Port Poros 34 kms
Ferry Port Sami 35 kms
Kefalonia (efl) 9.8kms