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North West Crete
Hania (or Chania GR: Χανιά) is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. It lies (Coordinates 35°31' N 24°1' E ) along the North coast of the island, about 55 km west of Rethymnon and 140 km west of Iraklion (Heraklion). Hania's old town (although it was heavily bombed by Germans in World War II) is considered as Crete's most beautiful urban district, especially the Venetian harbour with its 16th century lighthouse and the Mosque of the Janissaries ("Giali Tzamissi", built 17th century). Many of the old buildings have been restored as hotels, restaurants, shops and bars, making the old town a lively and colourful place, especially during the tourist period.
Hania Archaeological Museum
The museum is housed in the katholikon of the Venetian monastery of St. Francis. During the period of the Turkish occupation it was the Muslim mosque of Yussuf Pasha, while in modern times it was used as a cinema or a storehouse for military equipment. Since 1963 it has been functioning as the Archaeological Museum of the city. Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum houses temporary exhibitions in the frame of certain local events
25 Chalidon Str., tel. +30821 90334
It contains impressive finds from the excavations of the ancient city of Kydonia, from Idramia, Aptera, Polyrinia, Kissamos, Elyros, Irtakina, Syia, Lissos, Chania, Axos, and Lappa.
Sfakia, South Hania
The Samaria Gorge is one of the longest ravines in Europe (with a total length of 16 km) and offers one of the most spectacular hiking routes in Europe. Its width ranges from 150 m (widest part) to 3 m (narrowest part). The walk from Xyloskalo in the plateau of Omalos to the shores of Libyan sea at Agia Roumeli, takes 6 to 8 hours. The Samaria Gorge has been designated as a national park in order to protect its flora and fauna. It is one of the last shelters of the mountain goat of Crete (Cretan Ibex, common name : kri-kri). The flora is extensive, ranging from high cypress trees to flowers and herbs. The walking path follows the river which flows to small lakes and waterfalls.
The Gorge is open to visitors from May to October.
Kri-Kri or Agrimi
Cretan Ibex, Lefka Ori, Hania
Kri-Kri is the common name of the Cretan feral goat (Capra aegagrus ssp. cretica) which is the largest wild mammal on the island. Its grandeur, its bravery, its ability to observe without being noticed, its speed and its impressive horns are the features that were loved by the locals and made it a symbol of Crete and the untamed Cretan spirit. It lives mainly on the White Mountains and its local name is "Agrimi" (GR: Αγρίμι = the wild one) for the male and "Sanada" (GR: Σανάδα) for the female. Recent years, young kri-kris have approached the old village of Samaria, where they are fed by the park rangers and can be seen by the visitors. Kri-kris and goats are close genetically, as the hybridization that exists between them show. Kri-kri's size however is a good deal larger than that of a goat
Kri-kris have a strong sexual dimorphism. Males are larger than females. They all have horns, with annual rings and knobs, from which their age can be easily calculated. Males have larger horns than females (up to 90 cm), which curve backwards. An other characteristic of the males is the beard, which rarely occurs in females. Their coat is short and brown in summer and brownish and denser in winter. They have a black line on the back, which extends from the neck to the top of the tail while at its shoulders the line intersects with another one that reaches the stomach. There are also black patterns on the front parts of their legs.
There are numerous representations of Kri-kris on ancient sealstones, vases and coins, indicating the esteem in which they were held by the people of antiquity.
Phototograph by Anastassios Sakoulis - www.photophysis.gr
Selino, Hania South West
The pearl of the Libyan Sea! Paleochora (population~ 1500) is surrounded by mountains and is situated at the tip of a peninsular. Along the western side is a long sandy beach fringed by trees and tavernas. At the tip of the peninsular is the remains of an old Venetian (Selino Kasteli) fort and a marina. On the eastern side lies the old town, the ferry dock and a long pebble beach lined with tavernas.
Paleochora becomes very busy during high season but still have places for those who want to get away from the crowd. Little boats are linking Paleohora with Agia Roumeli, Hora Sfakion and the small island of Gavdos. Regular buses per day are linking Paleohora to Chania (~75kms).
The area of Akrotiri
A guide to the area of Akrotiri. Tourist facilities, regional information and image gallery. Akrotiri with its scenic landscape provides a relaxing, refined country break away from the pressures of urban life. Its numerous monasteries, from the oldest in Crete, played a significant role in the history of the area. Gorges of outstanding beauty offer a unique hiking experience, breathtaking views and the joy of exploration...
Sfakia are centred around the White Mountains mountain range, Madares, as they are called in Crete with 110 peaks and the most and biggest gorges. Sfakia remain the most wild and unspoiled landscape in all Crete. Hora Sfakion, the seaside capital of the county, is a coastal village located on the Southwestern coast of Crete, 70 km from the city of Hania and 150 km from Iraklion. In its picturesque, enclosed harbor, the small boats from Agia Roumeli dock in the summer, bringing the hikers from the Samaria Gorge. Visitors can enjoy the quiet and calm of the village , on the seaside cafes and tavernas...
Vámos (GR: Βάμος) is the capital of Apokoronas district is an exceptionally interesting village that the Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works has classed as traditional. It is more like a small town, very well preserved, with folk and neoclassical architectural elements. The initiative of a group of inhabitants to create an association for the preservation of the village as well as alternative tourism strategies is already paying off while constituting a model for further local progress. The famous art and cultural festivals are good opportunities for everyone to experience the hospitality and entertainment Vamos can offer.
The beautiful town of Kissamos is located 42 km west of Hania and it is the capital of the Kissamos county. Kissamos is surrounded by beautiful landscape and has about 3.000 inhabitants. Kissamos is not a crowdy tourist resort, its development is based mostly in the wine and oil produce, and the agricultural products.
Kissamos is built along a wonderful sandy beach. It is located where the ancient city of Kissamos stood. With Kissamos as a starting point you can visit the archaeological sites of Falassarna and Polyrinia, the Gramvoussa isles (pirate isles), the beautiful Georges of Topolia, Sirikari, the lagoon of Balos, the medieval villages, etc.
Villa Anna is located 100 m. from beach. Villa Anna consists of two separate buildings (each comprising four apartments), surrounded by a rich garden of 2000 sq. m. The apartments are all fully equipped with appliances and comforts: kitchen (complete with fridge/freezer, oven/cook, pots/pans and cutlery), bathroom, living room with TV, A/C and one or two bedrooms. Ideal for comfortable vacations and relax.
KAPPA - Car Rental Services
Our twenty years of experience combined with our complete fleet of cars and our competitive prices ensure a great experience in renting a car in Crete. Our fleet consists of cars of all categories from super mini hatchbacks to 9 seat mini buses, including automatic and environmental friendly cars. With continuous replacements of the cars we managed to have only brand new and slightly used cars in our fleet.
Zorbas Rooms and Taverna
In a unique environment at Lakkoi Skalotis, 80m from the sandy beach you will find "Zorbas" rent rooms and taverna. The traditional Cretan specialties are all made with pure products from the owner's farm. There are also five double rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator and large verandas with nice view to the sea. Open all Year Round. Frangokastelo is about 5kms away and Plakias 27kms. A number of lovely beaches in close vicinity.
Two large (100 and 80 sq.m.) and comfortable apartments close to the beach. Both apartments are fully equipped and each one can accommodate up to six persons. The apartments are air conditioned and have one dinning room and two bedrooms each. Niki Houses are available for rent throughout the year.
Nea Kydonia, Hania
Just 25 metres away from the beach of Agioi Apostoloi, Marathakis Apartments offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi access and full or partial views of the Cretan Sea. The scenic town of Chania is at 3 km.
Marathakis studios and apartments are simply furnished and air conditioned. They feature a seating area and a kitchenette equipped with mini fridge, electric kettle and coffee maker. Other facilities include a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer.
At only 10 metres from Marathakis, there is a taxi rank. Souda Port is 12 km away and Chania Airport is at 17 km. Free parking can be found near the premises.
100m from the beach "Mavros Molos" in Kasteli Kissamos. B'Class Hotel. There are 39 rooms available which is a total of 90 beds. All rooms are soundproof, have private bath, TV, music, telephone with internet access, air conditioning, hair dryer, safe box, mini bar, and balcony or veranda. The hotel has luxurious reception halls especially designed to also host disabled guests, TV lobby, bar, lovely open-air space with garden, playground, swimming pool with pool-bar and parking.
Nireides faces Elafonissi Island, a naturalistic reserve recently declared protected area by the European Union. It offers accommodation in elegant villas among outdoor pools which overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Villas are divided into 2 levels, including a lounge with fireplace and satellite TV, and a dining area featuring a fully equipped kitchen. Each villa has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and panoramic balconies.
Livadia, Amygdokefali, Kissamos
Located on the slopes of hills, next to the exotic Elafonisi beach, the stone-built Occassus Citadel features a pool with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Guests enjoy lavish terraces and well-maintained gardens. A restaurant, a bar and a mini-market are open throughout the day.
Kaliviani Traditional Rooms
Kaliviani traditional rooms offers 5 spacious rooms, 3 double and 2 triple with their own bathroom, refrigerator, TV set, air conditioning and free wireless internet, while the balconies provide you moments of peace with unobstructed view of the bay of Kissamos. Also on our house we will find a restaurant , bar, playground for children and a great garden. Kaliviani is located near Kissamos and is the ideal starting point to visit the lagoon of Balos, Falassarna and Elafonissi.
Liberta Villas for Rent
5km away from the village of Vámos. LIBERTA VILLAS in its final form will be an autonomous small settlement comprising 12 villas, a tavern-bar with a large swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a fountain, a mini market, and sports facilities. All villas are traditionally stone made and are integrated harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Four two-storied villas are available at present: one two-room villa,
and one three-room villa featuring a private pool. The swimming pool next to the tavern, the Jacuzzi, as well as state-of-the art sanitary facilities for disabled guests are also now available. All villas are equipped with independent air-conditioning.
Located just 200 metres from sandy Mediterranean beaches on Crete’s west-end, Doma offers apartments featuring balconies overlooking the surrounding gardens and the sea. All units have free Wi-Fi access. All air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens with refrigerator, coffee pot and kitchen ware. The living area has ample sitting space and a TV. Sheets and towels are renewed every 3 days.
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