Kalives is ideal for those looking to make a relaxing vacation at an organized resort, without they are in a busy and bustling place. On the hill of Kastelli of Kalives, there are ruins of the ancient city Ippokoronio. Kalives has as background the White Mountains and crosses them the river Xydas.
It is said that Kalyves got their name from their makeshift shelters, built by Arab pirates, when they had invaded in 828 AD and conquered the area Saracenos, near the village. Another version is that the name comes from the huts built by farmers near their farms to stay in the summer, without having to return to their village every night.
Kalives with their relatively slow rhythms – since in this live about 1,400 permanent residents – an ideal base for those who want to explore the area and the picturesque villages of Vamos, one of the most beautiful and wooded areas in western Crete.
Kalives is ideal for family holidays. The relatively shallow waters and the longis an ideal place for kids of all ages.