Heraklion taxi provides private transfers from Heraklion airport to Paleochora.
Paleochora is a big village in south-west Crete. Located on a small peninsula it has been a popular place for many many years because of its good beaches and pleasant surroundings.
Getting there: Paleochora is 75 km from Chania on a good road. There are several buses per day. The village also has a ferryboat connection to other villages in south-west Crete.
Atmosphere: It is a "real" village with a constant population of about 2000. Paleochora is lively and sometimes a little crowded in the high season but it is very easy to get away from the bustle. In summer months, the main road crossing the village as well as the road along the eastern sea front get closed to the traffic in the evening. This is wonderful if you have children as they can run around without danger.
Accommodation: Huge choice of rooms, studios and self-catering apartments. Most of the time it is very easy to find something on the spot in Paleochora.
Restaurants: Many restaurants of all kinds.
Shopping: Good shopping for basic needs .
Nightlife: Several bars and a discotheque. So there is a nightlife but it is not a loud place at night.
Beach: Beautiful long sandy beach, a little exposed to the west wind which often blows here. There are several other more protected (but pebble) beaches nearby. There are more beaches further west at Konduras and Krios.
Paleochora on the web: There is surprisingly little on the web about Paleochora but you can see a good map with hotspots. Also worth a visit for a little bit of nostalgia Norbert Block's Paleochora-Crete a personal account.