Almyrida

The small fishing village of Almyrida is now a delightful beach resort. As you approach from the western end of the village you will see an early basilica dating from the fifth century, with a wonderful mosaic floor. Almyrida has a lovely bay shaped harbour keeping the beach sheltered and safe, making it an ideal spot for those with young families. It also benefits from a gentle sloping sandy beach…

Kera

A tiny hamlet hidden between the two beach resorts Kalyves and Almyrida. There is a small pebble cove, from where you can see the island of Karga, which is a natural reserve for many bird species. There is also the 19 century architecture of the temple of the Virgin Mary, built on the site of an older Monestery.

Gavalochori

A beautiful traditional Cretan village. Evidence of its ancient history and settlements is throughout the village and its narrow, winding lanes and streets. From the mulberry trees planted around the village by the Turks, to the Byzantine wells and Roman tombs on the outskirts of the village and the Venetian arches of the old olive factory. The small, but, excellent folklore museum is housed in a Venetian building with Turkish…

Kalyves

Is very much a resort and yet still an agricultural market centre. It is a working village, where irrespective of tourism, village life goes on. There are two main beaches; the quieter one at the western end of the village (opposite the SYNKA supermarket) and the busier one at the harbour end. On foot it is nice to explore the quaint ‘old’ part, with its narrow lanes leading off from…

Souri

Little Souri village is a n assembly of houses in the beautiful Nature setting of Apokoronas. From the village you have stunning sea and mountain views and can enjoy nature and a relaxed atmosphere. The beaches of Kalyves, Almyrida and Georgeoupolis are just a short drive away. The village of Vamos with its cafes, tavernas and shops is very close.

Sellia

Tiny and quiet village on the mountains of Apokoronas with fantastic sea and mountain views. You can enjoy tranquility in this village and still it is only a short drive to the beaches of Almyrida, Kalyves or Georgeoupolis.

Xirosterni

One of the most well-preserved villages in our area with many examples of local architecture displayed in the traditional homes. The area is bordered by the impressive White Mountains to the south and the glistening Mediterranean Sea to the north, giving stunning panoramic views.

Vamos

Although larger in size it still boasts some charmingly peaceful kafenions around the crossroads and some very well thought of cafes and tavernas serving typical Cretan food, served in a traditional manner. A co-operative was founded here with the aim of rebuilding and restoring houses in the village, which lends to its charm. There are regular exhibitions held (art, photography etc) and music nights. It also well worth the walk…

Tzitzifes

Tzitzifes typifies a quiet Cretan village, located in a fertile, green area of the Apokoronas. It is set on two adjacent hills which slope down to the ravine.In the village is a kafenion and a mini-market at the old village square.

Tsivaras

With its close proximity to Kalyves and multiple tracks and trails to explore, it is easy to see the attraction and charm of Tsivaras. There is a village hall for local activities, next to the kafenion and a beautiful old church. Tsivaras is also home to one of the local olive oil factories where Greeks bring their olives (mostly Koroneiki) in the season of the harvest (November to January) to…

Stylos

Stylos is where the Australian and New Zealand rearguard soldiers made their final stand during the Battle of Crete. There are some delightful tavernas next to the river under the plane trees. It is here where the local spring water, Samaria, is bottled. Close to the square you will find the old Church of Agios Ionnis Theologos from the 13 century with decorated frescoes. Sit down at the riverside and…

Plaka

Plaka is a picturesque Cretan village just abover the sandy beaches of Almyrida. Its focal point is the village square  (platia) where there are several good tavernas and cafes and the village has a traditional feel. The views over the Bay and valley up to the White Moutnains are stunning. There is an eclectic mix of nationalities living here. It has a couple of mini-markets and shops.