Chania Chania old town is an archaeological wonderland with a unique combination of buildings - Venetian, Turkish as well as Cretan. There are two harbours which are packed with restaurants & shops. You can take a boat trip, visit the nautical museum, or just wander around the narrow back streets. Don't miss "leather lane",The Agora & Saturday street market .



History - From the Turkish Fort at Aptera there are the most amazing views over Souda Bay, and the whole Apokoronas region. The fort is being extensively renovated, and can be seen dominating the landscape for miles around. Beyond the fort, Ancient Aptera was once the principle city of Crete. The site has been important, possibly since 1st c BC as it is at a vantage point above the entrance to the natural harbour of Souda. There are extensive Roman buildings, including two huge cisterns - one almost complete, bath houses, an old monastery.



Gavalohori is a working rural village, still retaining its unique personality - relax with the pace of Cretan life. 

Many of the lovely old buildings have been restored, including the Folk Museum, which chronicles the history of the village - an interesting record of culture and handicrafts. The local Women’s Co-operative is actively reviving traditional handicrafts, examples of which can be bought in their shop in the village square. 

The village centre has three good tavernas, well stocked shops and a bakery. Sometimes live traditional Cretan folk music is played on Summer evenings.

At the foot of the White Mountains, this is the greenest region of Crete. Being close to Chania international airport and the ferry port at Souda, our houses are easily reachable by direct charter flights in the Summer, or by internal flight or ferry from Athens all year round.



Beaches - Almirida is our nearest beach resort. Once a small fishing village it is now a lively seaside resort with many delightful tavernas. Windsurfers, catamarans & kayaks can be hired by the hour from a French sailing school. The beach is sandy and shelves gently, making it ideal for small children. There are long sandy beaches all along the North coast - choose your favourite!

Walking & Gorges - The famous Samaria gorge is just to the south and there are also many less well-travelled gorges such as Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to Samaria. The Apokoronas area is wonderful for walking & cycling, especially in the Spring & Autumn. We have written out some circular walks and cycling routes from the houses. You only have to drive a little way inland and you will find enormous expanses of beautiful countryside, remote forest & mountain passes, with villages virtually untouched by the 21st century

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