Kalives is a long drawn out place along a good beach. The village is only a few streets wide. The main road behind the sea is unfortunately often completely blocked with cars. Otherwise Kalives can be described as a rather quiet place. The big party resorts in the west of Crete are on the other side of Chania (Agia Marina, Platanias). In the last years, however, in the hinterland of Kalives and in the surroundings extremely much is built. Especially second homes for foreigners (many British and also German pensioners) are built. Since the economic crisis of 2009, however, the construction boom has eased somewhat. In the village of Kalives you can see the offices of real estate agents everywhere. There are few sights in the village. The paintings on the walls of the church are beautiful.
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In the centre of Kalives a small river flows into the sea. There are said to be many trout in the river. Freshwater fish are rare in Crete and therefore something special for the locals. Both package tourists (meanwhile the majority) and individual tourists come to Kalives. Outside the high season it is not too difficult to find a cheap room in Kalives.
Buses to Kalives: 6-7 buses operate daily during the season between Kalives and Chania (on weekends and public holidays only 3 connections). About 2 km outside of Kalives is the highway Hania - Rethymno, where all buses stop between these two cities (about every hour, also further to Iraklio).
Bus timetable Kalives (May 2015):
Buses from Chania to Kalives: 06:45 (Mon to Fri), 8:30 (Sat and Sun), 10:30 (every day), 11:45 (Mon to Fri) , 13:00 (Mon to Fri), 14:30 (every day), 20:00 (Mon to Fri)
Buses from Kalives to Hania: 07:25 (Mon to Fri), 08:45 (Mon to Fri), 09:55 (daily), 11:50 (Sat and Sun), 12:10 (Mon to Fri), 13:45 (Mon to Fri), 15:25 (Sat and Sun), 15:30 (Mon to Fri), 16:50 (Mon to Fri).
There are considerably fewer bus connections in winter. The timetable can change at any time. There are no direct buses to the other direction, such as Rethimnon.
Surroundings of Kalives: There are good hiking opportunities in some villages in the hinterland. Du Liana is a village that has been completely renovated in the last 10 years and is listed as a historical monument (it is one of the most beautiful villages in the west of Crete). Vamos is the former capital of the area (today Kalives has much more inhabitants). The migration from Vamos was stopped in the last years after the renovation of the village. In Vamos many high-quality pensions in the village style for holiday-makers, who look for a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle and beach vacation at the sea, developed. Besinders many of these alternative tourists come from Germany.