Kolymbari (often written as Kolimbari or Kolimpari) is a beautiful waterfront town 23km West of Chania set in the beginning of Cape Spatha. Kolimbari area is a wonderful mixture of green hillsides with olive trees and vineyards, a long pebble beach, small hidden coves, traditional villages and sights of historical interest. It offers the chance of seclusion, relaxation, community feeling and at the same time being next to the necessary amenities. Green and blue
The area claims a fair share of history itself. One of the most important sights in Kolimbari is the Monastery of Panagia Odigitria dedicated to Virgin Mary known as “Moni Gonias” built at the very Western end of the bay. It was initially founded in the 9th century but in the 17th century it was rebuilt in the place it stands today. The Monastery has a fortress overlooking the bay at its front.
The roots of the area go back to the Minoan Era. Traces of Minoan settlements have been found in several places near Kolimbari but no systematic excavation has been done yet. Between Minothiana (named after King Minos) and Saint
Kolimbari can be used as a starting point for visiting important sights and places.
Diktynna temple, the Diktynneion - in North West Crete at the NE tip of the elongated and mountainous peninsula of Rodopou lies the remains of the long-known sanctuary.
Diktynna or Britomartis was a daughter of the God Zeus. Born, according to mythology, right here on Crete, she was a mountain goddess and was known for her hunting skills and love of nature. King Minos, who ruled Crete and lived in the Minoan Palace of Knossos, fell in love with Diktynna and pursued her for a full nine months chasing her across Crete. But Diktynna wanted to remain a virgin and would not give in to Minos' pressure. He chased her to the edge of a cliff and being trapped, she threw herself off.
Fishermen saved her in their nets (
Remains from Roman times - a marble statue of Diktynna and a statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian discovered in 1913 - now stand in the archaeological museum in Chania. The remains of
Deliana Gorge is close to Deliana village, 15 kilometres south of Kolimbari.
It’s a beautiful gorge perfect for an easy hike, as it takes almost an hour to walk through it both ways. The road passes along the river and the sycamore trees on the right. The rocks stand tall around you and the passage gets narrower in the heart of the gorge. In many
The Cave of Saint John the hermit in the village of Marathokefala is an amazing place to visit. Not only are there numerous small
The oldest olive tree in Greece and one of the oldest olive trees in the world, estimated to be almost 3000 years old, can be found in the village of Vouves. Recently a small museum was founded showing the importance of the olive trees and olive oil for the area.
A good number of villages around Kolimbari are worth visiting for their beautiful landscape and the Byzantine churches, some of them dating back to the 6th century, like the church of Archangelos Mihail in Episkopi Village. Also near
From Kolimbari you can start off for the magnificent beaches of Falasarna and Balos, Chrysoskalitisa Monastery and the famous beach of Elafonisi and Paleochora. Don’t forget to stop at Topolia and
The local marina in Kolimbari can host up to medium sized vessels and be a starting point or rest station for those who love to make their own trips by speed boats and yachts. Don’t hesitate to ask us for information about renting space prices for the marina.
Festivities go on forever
In recent years West Crete and especially the area of Kolimbari has attracted the people’s interest because it still retains an