by Minoa.info / Juhani
Kolimbari is a small village in the southwestern part of Crete, between Chania and Kissamos, at the peninsula of Rodopou. The peninsula is long and quite high, rising up to over 700 metres. In the middle of this rocky area runs a small road.
Silence and peacefulness are the characters of Kolimbari. The beach, which consists of small stones and some spots of fine sand, is long and there is a harbour for small boats. Behind the village there rises up a steep rock face. In the village there are some small hotels and also near the beach there are some rooms to rent. Its remote location and its small amount of tourists has a positive affect on the food that is offered in the taverns. The harbour in the village means that there are many taverns that offer fresh fish. There are only a few shops and they sell mainly basic groceries. In the village there are no night time activities. It is easy to sense the spirit of a Cretan countryside village although tourism is increasing there, too.
Panorama over the whole beach area.
Kolimbari is located about 40 kilometres from Chania airport and it costs a little more than 30 euros by taxi. From Kolimbari it takes about one hour to drive to Elafonisi, where there is a beautiful beach.
The most important site in the village of Kolimbari, about one kilometre to north, is the Greek Orthodox monastery of Gonia. It was founded in the 13th century, but the present buildings are from the 16th century and are all well taken care of. The monastery is still in active use, and every year, on August 15th, they celebrate the Saint.