30 km west of Chania, the village of Tavronitis stands at the point where the north coast road sends an exploratory spur wriggling southwards over the mountains to Paleohora. Tourism still remains pretty low key and the village retains an authentic ambience with particularly friendly shopkeepers delighted to have the opportunity to practise their English.
As well as a couple of convenient mini-markets, there’s a butcher, baker and a patisserie, whilst down by the sea are 3 or 4 tavernas strung along the pebbly shore line which stretches some 10km around the bay to Kolymbari notable for its mouth watering choice of harbour side fish tavernas, plus a well stocked supermarket & 3 banks, all with ATM machines. Finally, for fresh fruit, veg & bags of atmosphere visit the Saturday market in Voukoulies, 7km inland.
Sandy beach, bit coarse but good when wind is up. Beachside tavernas/cafes right on beach.
Small narrow sandy beach, fairly shallow, nice for kids.
Arismari Taverna, Gavalochori
Amazing little taverna tucked off the main road, where the sq of the village used to be. Limited menu, but all just incredibly good, moussaka is fantastic! Tranquil atmosphere with tables on ledges underneath the large plane tree with old buildings surrounding with whitewashed walls. They a limited number of fresh dishes & grilled meat.
Gavalianis Kafenes, Gavalochori
Monica’s delightful little place in the center of Gavalochori offers Cretan dishes & often has live English bands playing in the summer. Hidden garden at the back, very friendly atmosphere.
Beach 4 km
Tavernas 300 m
Mini Market 250 m
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania Airport 35 kms
Heraklion Airport 131 kms
Ferry Port Souda 20 kms