The best taverna is Lefka, just off the main road and 300m out of town. The fish is delicately cooked and inexpensive – in 2008 a plate of sardine cost only €3.50. The friendly owner also rents nice, cheap rooms.
The seafront has a clean beach and fishing port; though the beach isn’t one of the best on the island, it was awarded a Blue Flag in 2007 (an award donating a clean beach), and the locals are extremely proud of that fact.
Around Crete, Kolymbari is known for its fishing. A few years ago a big museum, The Fishing Museum of Crete opened here. Since 2007 A EU grant has been helping to the village to renovate the entire waterfront into a pedestrian zone. The inhabitants of Kolymbari hope that the current construction will pave the way for a successful future in the tourist industry.
Monastery of Gonia: The village’s main attraction, the monastery of Gonia is about 500m out of town. Gonia is well worth a visit (€1.50 in 2007). Don’t forget to dress appropriately – no shorts or miniskirts. Behind the monastery is an Orthodox Academy (see image to the right), where many important meetings take place. Gonia has also been the backdrop to many important events.
Buses to Kolymbari: Kolymbari has excellent bus connections with Hania (at least two an hour in season 2023), stopping off at the other resorts of Platanias and Agia Marina. In the other direction, there are some buses daily to Kastelli-Kissasmos.
Rodapou: Rodapou is a big peninsula north of Kolymbari and a walker’s paradise. Very few of the roads on Rodapou are paved. The villages of Ravdoucha and Rodapou have some basic accommodation and simple tavernas.
In Maleme, 6km to the east of Kolymbari, there is a famous German war cemetery where the bodies of some 5000 German dead from WWII are buried.
Also a nice area is around Falasarna on the west coast of Crete on the way to the famous tropical beach Elafonisi.
My favourite place to stay in the area in the Summer Lodge in Maleme. on of the cheapest pensions on Crete, nice, big rooms, free WIFI, swimming pool, close to the beach. Friendly young owners. Book here