at 27.4km (NW) from Myriokefala village
Those are two Turkish castles that are built in the 19th century using material from the nearby archaeological site of Aptera. The lower castle is that of Itzedin (also known as Kalami fort) named in honour of the son of the Sultan of the time, by the commander of Crete, Reouf Pasha was used in the past as a prison.
at 27.4km (NW) from Myriokefala village
One of the most important city - states of Crete. The first epigraphic occurence of its name (A-pa-ta-wa) is found in the Linear B tablets found at Knossos. (14th - 13th century B.C.). The history of the city is continued through the centuries untill the 7th century A.D. when a major earthquake destoyed it. Its ideal location, allowed the city to control the naval activity in the bay of Souda, and was determinative for its development in an important commercial center. The era of the city's greatest peak was the early Hellenistic period (late 4th - 3rd century B.C.). At that time Aptera experienced an economical and political floruit, begins to mint its own coins and develops diplomatic relations with important centres of the Hellenistic world.
During the period of Roman occupation it appears to have developed a more rural character. Habitation at the site continued into the early byzantine period. After the 7th century destruction in the central area of the city was established the monastery of Saint John the Theologian (Agios Ioannis o Theologos), firstly mentioned in 12th century texts. The most important monuments of the site are: Roman cisterns. Bipartite temple, known as the "bipartite sanctuary", dated to the 5th-4th century B.C. Graves of the Geometric-Roman periods. The fortification wall, preserved to a length of almost 4 kilometres. Part of a Roman bouleuterion. Byzantine buildings. Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos. Turkish fortress built in 1866-1869. Source: The Hellenic Ministry of Culture
at 27.6km (W) from Myriokefala village
Ágios Pávlos (GR: Άγιος Παύλος)is a beach on the shores of Sfakiá between Agia Rouméli and Loutró. The pine trees from the high cliffs above almost reach the sea and form a unique landscape. The beach is sandy with pebbles with no facilities except for a small tavern. It can be reached only on foot ( about 1 hour walk from Agia Roumeli) or by boat. The picturesque small church of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) a byzantine basilica of the 10th century A.D. with frescoes, lies just a few meters from the sea. It is built with stones from the beach itself on the spot where Saint Paul reportedly baptised people on his way to Rome.
at 28km (NW) from Myriokefala village
An article where Stelios Asmargianakis describes his experience of sea kayak, through a two-day trip to the north of Chania as it took place in mid February 2012. The whole journey is about 40 km, and is characterized by the absence of beaches for easy approaching and relaxing as well as exposure to the elements of the Cretan Sea.
at 28.2km (E) from Myriokefala village
26th August - You get to see Kedros close up and enjoy fabulous views back over the Amari Valley to Psiloritis and forwards over the high, little-visited plain above Spili. Once off dirt roads, the path is generally pretty clear on the ground but as ever the GPS helped me not to stray too far. As you come up out of Yerakari on the Spili road (a tempting ten kms) you take a left just after a fresh water fountain and immediately by a large cistern. There are many distracting side roads along here but you stay with the main dirt track as it winds close under Kedros before turning west. Distance:20km Mov av 4.6 km/hr Height overnight: 402m. Max. height:1,050 m Start at 680m
at 28.9km (NE) from Myriokefala village
Villas Louloudaki are two beautiful stone built houses, built in 2007-2008, in a size of 140 sq. m each , which can easily accommodate up to 8 people each. They have fireplace, Garden, private Swimming Pool (60 sqm), barbeque, private parking, air condition, oven, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle , toaster, Sat-TV, DVD, CD player.
at 29.3km (NE) from Myriokefala village
Ekavi Hotel is built 10 kms east of Rethymnon town in close vicinity to the sandy beach. Ekavi hotel offers comfortable studios and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenette, refrigerator, bathroom and balconies with a beautiful view. There is also a swimming pool, pool/beach bar and restaurant.
at 29.6km (NE) from Myriokefala village
These spacious apartments and studios are situated right on the beach at Sfakaki, offering a large pool with stunning sea views, a children΄s playground and entertainment corner. Alkionis Beach is the ideal base for a relaxing holiday by the beach. Set amongst spacious grounds, each of the apartments and studios is well-appointed with kitchen facilities and a comfortable living area. Relax around the lovely outdoor pool or enjoy a refreshing afternoon dip. The sandy beach is just steps away from Alkionis, providing plenty of space for relaxation and family fun. In the evening, relax with a drink on the sun terrace at Alkionis Beach and enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and the beach. Apartments: 21
at 30.2km (E) from Myriokefala village
The Monastery of Arkádi (GR:Αρκάδι) built during the last Venetian period, it consists of a large set of fortress-like buildings. The main building included the cells, the warehouses where the agricultural products were treated and stored, the stables. In a word, it was a well-equipped little fortress where people could find refuge in times of trouble. There is an impressive church, with two naves dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen, and to Our Lord. Due to the holocaust it suffered in 1866, Arkadi has become the island's most famous monastery.
at 30.2km (W) from Myriokefala village
Pórtes (GR: Πόρτες - Gates) or Sideróportes (Iron Gates) is maybe the most striking point of the canyon. Here the canyon walls rise nearly 300 meters while the width is only 3.5 m. At this point the water runs almost all year round. The stratified limestone, the dominant rock of the canyon, forms specific geological formations, showing all the geological history of the canyon in the eyes of connoisseurs. Portes are 11 km away from the entrance of the Samarian gorge at Xylóskalo and 4km from the beach at Agia Roumeli.