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 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
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...
Live your Dream in the Villas of the Dream. Experience the stunning view of the endless sea and swim in the crystal blue water , just 5' from the Villas. An all new - built block of semi-detached houses, of an amazing aesthetics and an exciting architect design ( front stone walls, tile roofs, arches pergolas), with a wonderful swimming pool ( hi-tech automatic system of water filtration, spa and hydro massage), stone paved yard and panoramic view.
Two villas, each one 50 m² with verandas 30 m²
One villa 80 m², which is ideal for two families together or groups.
Our apartments are fully equipped, air conditioned, have balcony or terrace with nice view to the sea and the mountains, private bathroom/WC, kitchen facilities and are suitable for 2 to 4 people. The surroundings is very quiet and well looked after, with nice gardens and flowery yards. Our taverna, from the oldest and most renowned in the whole area (and not only) offers a great variery of dishes, based on the Cretan diet and of course fresh fish direct from the sea!. You can also hire your car from us.
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. Frangokastelo is about 5kms away and Plakias 27kms. A number of lovely beaches in close vicinity.
Kioni Villas is a small family - run complex of 4 detached villas, built in a plot of 6.000 sq.metres. Each villa covers 60 sq.metres and has one bedroom a living room with two sofas, dinning area with fully fitted kitchen, a bathroom and two verandas with view to the sea. Also Air conditioning, TV.
Nice newly built villas - 60sq.m. each - 100 m from the beach of Orthi Ammos. Notos Villas offers 3 houses of more than 75 m2 each in a large plot of land of more than 9.000 m2 - 100 m from the beach of Orthi Ammos. Every house has a large living-room with kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and additional sleeping accommodation. From the terrace you have a very nice view to the sea and the breathtaking steeply rising mountain in the back. In less than 100 m distance lies the famous sandy beach of Frangokastello. You do not need to cross a road to get there. Particularly suitable for our young guests...
A small family business 5 full equipped studios and one apartment with 1 bedroom. The studios behind a grove of olive trees. Nearby are mini markets, taverns and the butcher shop. Great view to the impressing white mountain and the clear see, directly in front of the door. The beach is in front of the rooms and suitable even for the small children. The studios are lightly and comfortable, nicely furnished with full equipped kitchen. The balconies and terraces are offering an excellent view. There is also a fully equipped apartment with one bedroom and a dinning area with a sofa.
At the traditional village of Skaloti 4 km from Frangokastelo on the road to Plakias, 3 km from the beach. Detached villa 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dinning room total area 130 sq.m in a plot of 1000sq.m ...