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Smile and breath you are here now ... enjoy the orange orchard garden where you will find the lovely swimming pool for refreshing days and if you prefer warming moments steam in the sauna and the hamam (free of charge).

Spilia means “the cave”, and has been named after a large cave located on the height of the village where St Ioannis is said to have spend many years as an eremite. It is been now used as an impressive natural church.

Wander around the village of Spilia or take a self-guided walk through citrus and olive groves to a nearby waterfall or Byzantine chapel the cave of St. John the Hermit ; hike through the Deliana gorge; or pay your respects to the world’s oldest olive tree at Vouves, a short stroll away. Just next to the hotel is the impressive Church of St. Archangel Michael.

This is the oldest living olive tree in the world, some 2,500 years old and the small museum. This ancient olive tree is one of seven olive trees in the Mediterranean believed to be at least 2,000 to 3,000 years old. Although its exact age cannot be verified, the Olive Tree of Vouves might be the oldest among them, estimated at over 3,000 years old. It still produces olives, and they are highly prized. Olive trees are hardy and drought-, disease- and fire-resistant — part of the reason for their longevity and their widespread use in the region.

Try some exquisite local fresh fish and traditional dishes from the world famous healthy Mediterranean diet at one of the local tavernas or restaurants at nearby beachfront villages ... what about Ravdoucha.

The Port of Kissamos is 10 minutes away (16km) from Spilia Village and from here, you can take a boat ride to the pirate island of Gramvousa and the world famous Balos Lagoon.

In less than 20 minutes drive enjoy the golden sands of Falasarna beach (voted one of the top five best beaches in Greece) with its unspoilt turquoise waters and an interesting archaeological site showing the Hellenistic ancient port and city.

A trip by car I would suggest: To "Therissos" - you drive through a beautiful gorge. The village itself is historic and has some good tavernas like "Andartis". But if you have time, you can continue further to Zourva and come down to Chania again via Meskla. This is a spectacular drive (if the atmosphere is clear and not too hazy), marked on some maps as unpaved - but it is now paved. Just after Zourva there is a taverna on its own with glass windows with 360 views and good local food.

Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best wineries in Crete, at Manousakis Winery.

Visit Milia Traditional Village an authentic 17th century mountain settlement which has been transformed into an eco-friendly tourist complex which seems to have sprouted from the lands of Crete. Enjoy a daily walking trip around Milia - 2 hours, to gorge of Polyrhynnia – 4 hours, to gorge of Topoliannou – 3 hours, to gorge of Deliannou – 1.5 hours walking and 30 minute drive (26km) to reach the entrance, and don't leave this special place before you try the typical cretan cuisine that is famous for being among the healthiest around the world at Milia's restaurant.

Around fifty minutes drive south of Spilia is the beautiful beach of Elafonissi where one can get lost exploring the island of Elafonissi (Deer Island) which is unique for the cedar sand dunes and unspoilt natural habitat. On the way home stop off at the Monastery of Chrissoskalitissa  one of its steps is said to be made of gold.

Walk the famous Gorge of Samaria which at 17 kilometers long, is granted as the longest in Europe.

Visit Chania town (25 km), with its lovely Venetian fishing harbour ringed with cafes and tavernas. Check out the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts and handmade jewellery.

Go scuba-diving near Chania, or take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat

The Gorge of Therisso (named also Eleftherios Venizelos) is located near the city of Chania (15km) and deserves a visit, even with a vehicle, combined with a visit at the historical village of Therisso, that is built at the foot of the White Mountains at an altitude of 580 meters. The main gorge is six kilometers long. The vertical cliffs are impressive and the lush vegetation has nothing to envy of the other Chania Gorges.

Don't miss to visit the nearby Botanical Park, this new and interesting venture lies only 18 kilometers outside the city of Chania, in the foothills of the magnificent White Mountains. During the hot summer months (June, July, August), the best time to schedule your visit is early in the morning to avoid the strong heat. You can complete your experience there with a delicious meal in the park’s restaurant which uses only local, organic and seasonal produce.

Would you like to learn more about olive oil? Just a few kilometers inland from Kolymbari and within a Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) area, are the olive groves of the Astrikas Estate. Biolea specializes in estate-produced stone-milled and cold-pressed organic olive oi.Biolea’s stone-mill was built specifically to welcome tourists and to hold presentations and olive oil tastings. The factory stays open all year: tours are by appointment only. Tel: 28240 23281.

Or you could make a day trip to Knossos (more than 2 hours away), seat of the Minoan palace culture and legendary home of the labyrinth and Minotaurus.

Explore the small, beautiful Rethymno old town (68 km), with its cobbled streets lined by pastel-coloured buildings, Ottoman-era minarets and Italianate churches and fountains, plus the harbour guarded by an imposing 16th-century Venetian fortress.

Catch the high speed catamaran to a day trip at unique Santorini from Heraklion Port which departs every day at 9:45am and takes around 2 hours. The return ferry leaves Santorini at 6pm each day or you may prefer to stay for a night to soak up the islands magical nighttime atmosphere.

... or do just nothing, find  a shady corner and read Christopher Somerville's excellent "The Golden Step" or Victoria's Hislop "The Island" or maybe one of the best books of Nick Kazantzakis (most famous Greek author)

For more activities around Chania please visit our Activities in Chania.

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