Kalyves is a pretty seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania.
Kalyves is one of the resorts on Cape Drapanos, along with Almyrida and Plaka, which are famous for their lovely beaches but also their intensive building development.
It essentially consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind. The town is bound on one side by the sea and the other by low hills.
Kalyves is ideal for people in search of a quiet holiday at an organized Cretan resort, without being in a busy, noisy place. Kalives is generally a quiet place ideal for those who wish to explore the area of Apokoranas with the small picturesque villages. Kalyves is ideal for families who want to relax and let their children play safely on the beach.
Τhe relatively shallow water of the large beach at Kalyves is perfect for children of all ages.
Another advantage of Kalyves is that it’s close to Chania. You must definitely visit the city during your holidays, for both the sights and the fun it offers.
On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, which is thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the likely site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera's two harbours.
A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them. Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish, snakes and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone.
Before reaching Kalami village, another beach - Kyani Akti is hidden behind fields of bamboo.