Explore the unique Apokoronas region: its rolling olive- and cypress groves are backed by a rocky ridge which drops to Crete's north coast, and laced with wild flowers and views of snow-capped peaks in spring. One of the prettiest of its sleepy villages is Gavalohori with kafeneia shaded by plane trees, narrow lanes flanked by whitewashed cottages, and a small folklore museum worth visit.
Kokkino Chorio or the "red village" on the Drapano Cape, overlooking the Souda Bay, derives its name from the blood that fled here in 1821, when the Turkish army murdered 150 women and children in a cave downwards from the village. Kokkino Chorio is a very authentic traditional Cretan village without many accommodations. Alltough there are three churches in Kokkino Chorio, the village is not very big and there are only a couple of shops and kafenions and one mini market. Only at the edge of the village are some concrete buildings (update 2009: these have now been transformed into beautiful holiday homes). In front of the church a scene from "Zorba the Greek" was filmed: the stoning of the widow.
Above the village near the Agios Georgios church there is an underground bunker complex. Three corridors lead to the underground quarters, which supposedly were covered with wood. According to the old inhabitants there was even a movie theater. From the point of Cape Drapano there was a cableway to the entrance of the bunker.
On the edge of the village Kokkino Chorio there is a glass blowing factory. You can see the piles of bottles outside that are waiting to be recycled. The factory is pretty new and dates from 1986. If you like it is possible to see the glass blowers at work (opening times 0.800 - 12.00 & 13.00 - 15.00). The center of Kokkino Chorio remains pretty much the same with the usual jumble of houses that have been restored and houses that are falling apart (some with overgrown Venetian arches). On the main square oposite the church and in one of the village streets you will find a taverna where you can have something to eat. Below Kokkino Chorio there are some small coves with sandy beaches.
There are decent beaches nearby:
Almirida beach (3km): Two sandy beaches separated by a rocky peninsula. The larger has good facilities (sun beds, sea sport activities, fish restaurants, cafes) and shallow transparent waters. Ideal for families or crowd seekers.
Kalives beach (6km): sun beds & sandy beach, restaurants, not exposed to wind , beach volley
Kiani Akti or Blue Beach (1km after Kalyves): Long quiet beach with sun beds and small canteens for drinks and snacks. In the middle of the beach is the exit of river Kiliaris, transferring water from the top of the White Mountains – warm water lovers, beware!
Kera (5km): Sandy beach between Kalives and Almirida which is formed at the end of a green hill. As it is not organized, it is ideal for visitors that prefer less crowded sites. Close to the beach is the church of Panagia Kera, a picturesque 19th century chapel which was built in the site of an older monastery. Follow the concrete-paved road between Kalives and Almirida leading to the beach after 500m.
Koutalas (1.5 km): Isolated and unspoilt beach, close to the edge of Cape Drepano with interesting cave formations, like the ‘Elephants’ Cave’. Make sure that you have all the necessities, such as shade, food and water.
Ombrogialos (8 km): Small rocky bay with green and blue deep waters between Paleloni and Kefalas. Actually it consists of a dock, used for diving and sunbathing. The sea around the Ombrogialos is ideal for snorkeling and windsurfing. Above the dock is a fish tavern, popular to sea divers. You can acess the beach by car through the asphalt road that starts from Paleloni. Contact us for information on snorkeling and scuba lessons.
The horse riding lovers have the opportunity for exciting galloping along the Cretan sea in Georgioupoli and in the countryside as well. A horse riding Centre organises, early morning and evening rides at 3 different levels. You just need to make a reservation.
History buffs should visit the Minoan-Greek-Roman hilltown at Aptera. The small archaeological site of Aptera (ancient town of the Minoan era) is well worth a visit. From here there are wonderful sea views to the port of Chania (Souda) and the Akrotiri peninsula. Continue on to visit Itzedin Castle - a Turkish castle, built in the 19th Century (also known as the Kalami fort). Visit the nearby Stilos Village to hike through classic Cretan countryside: oleander-lined paths lead into a narrow rocky defile.
You could drive to the dramatic and tragic Orthodox monastery of Arkadi (1hr) or, at a pinch, the Minoan capital at Knossos (2hrs).
Hike the diminutive gorge at Faraggi near Stilos, or one of its bigger brothers on the south coast: Imbros (1hour drive, 3-4 hours hike) is the most accessible, while Samaria is the toughest and longest day out, but also the most spectacular
Don't miss Chania's gorgeous old town (30 mins' drive): set around a Venetian harbour, its pedestrian alleys are lined with boutiques and bars (try and hear some live Cretan music, it's very soulful); the covered market is a cornucopia of health-giving herbs and cheeses, and its Archaeological Museum is the area's best.
If you've been there and done that, Rethymno (45 mins) is similar, except that Greek students outnumber tourists, and the Ottoman and Venetian influences are stronger still: timbered houses, spiky minarets and a huge fort on the hill.
Village “Verekinthos” is an arts and crafts village that stands between Souda & Tsikaland at the eastern gate of Chania and its aim is to revive and sustain the arts which have been always an integral part of Cretan life and culture. At this same place there were many workshops producing pots (tsikalia), giving thus the name to the town and in the very same place nowadays is run silversmith’s and goldsmith’s as well workshops for ceramics, sculpture, glass making, hagiography, painting, masks, mosaic, leather, decorative objects and traditional Cretan knifes. Visitting hours 10.00-14.00 and 19.00-21.00 except Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
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