18 km east of Chania and strung along the edge of Souda Bay, Kalives is still very much a Greek village that has taken tourism in its stride. There is a bustling main street with a good balance of local shops, mini markets, tavernas and cafes supplying the needs of both the local population and visiting tourists.
With a dozen or so tavernas, plus a number of small hotels and a choice of cosmopolitan little bars, Kalives has much to recommend it to the visitor as it happily manages to retain that quintessential Greek atmosphere. Just back from the main thoroughfare in a warren of narrow streets tucked into the hillside, the locals go about their daily life in time honoured fashion.
Those of you who choose to venture into the nearby countryside, will discover numerous tiny villages in idyllic rural settings. Holidays in Kalives should be popular with those looking to spent time in a small genuine working Crete village which is not just a tourist invention, but still caters for the needs of the tourist.
There are two main beaches, with the beach on the western side being much quieter as it is located slightly further away from the village. There is a long stretch of slightly coarse sand, which is safe for children, and has water sport facilities. At the back of the beach are trees that supply some welcome shade during the hottest part of the day. All this is set in an attractive bay, with a protected harbour nearby. Found close to the water, or next to the river that runs through the village, there are a number of modest tavernas. The countryside around Kalives is quite attractive and is popular with walkers, if you wish to go further afield, then regular buses run from the main road close to the village centre.