After trekking in the White Mountains and along the coastline of West Crete every summer for almost ten years, Pachnes B&B, Café and Taverna has become my number one hangout and safe haven. I would highly recommend Pachnes to anyone who appreciate a (very) quiet and peaceful place with new, spacious clean rooms and excellent, simple, local food. Pachnes is owned and run by Stelios and his wife, Claire, who are always extremely kind and helpful. At Pachnes you are light-years from the charmless, pushy and noisy tourist resorts around Chania and Retymnon. In addition to that, staying at Pachnes is very good value especially considering that wireless internet, breakfast and limitless use of air-condition is included. In my opinion you will never find a better deal anywhere in West Crete. Pachnes is of course located in Agia Roumeli which is one the most underestimated places in Crete. Most travellers only know Agia Roumeli as the place where you collapse from exhaustion after scrambling down the Samaria Gorge, and that’s a darn shame. The gorge is certainly amazing and an absolute must for anyone who enjoy hiking even the slightest, but Agia Roumeli has so much more to offer. First of all it’s a perfect base for a number of spectacular walks along the coast and into the mountains which you will have almost all to yourself, but don’t tell anyone or that might change.
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