at 25.8km (NE) from Anopolis village & plateau
The community of Kefalas (GR:Κεφαλάς) is situated in Apokoronas, Hania, approximately 4 km to the east of Vamos. During the Venetian occupation higher and lower Kefalas were classed as two separate villages, however, today they have become one. It is a large village built in an outstanding position facing the sea with architecture dominated by the influence of the early and late years of the Turkish occupation. This influence is well preserved despite the existence of other architectural styles. The church of Timios Stavros (16th century) is the oldest building of the village while the more recent churches of Panagia, Agios Antonios, and Michael the archangel, works of the reputed Kefalas craftsmen, are examples of folk architecture of the 19th century. A further example of the work of the same craftsmen is the Public School of Kefalas, which in accordance with the decision of the county council of Hania will house the Environmental Educational Centre of the prefecture, a foundation that will play a definitive role in the development of the municipality of Vamos. Other interesting communities are Paleloni and Drapanos in the direction of Kokino Horio. The road from Paleloni leads to Embrosgialo, a relatively easily accessible place, along the steep coastline, which extends to Georgioupoli.
at 25.9km (E) from Anopolis village & plateau
Zouridi is a village of the county of Rethymno, located 19,5 km away from the city, built at 260m a.s.l. with 90 inhabitants. Here excavations unearthed findings from the post palace period, and the Roman period as well as many venetian houses. Nowadays the village is characterized as a preservable settlement, and buildings such as the old high school are going to be restored.
at 26km (E) from Anopolis village & plateau
Nestling in precipitous rocks, only 30 m from the sea and 200 m. from the beach of Souda, the "Phoenix" Hotel offers 18 double rooms, all equipped with Air Conditioning, bathroom, telephone, music and balcony. Furthermore, a restaurant, a bar, a lounge with television and video, and private parking space are at the guests' disposal. The visitor may enjoy his drink οr meal οn the veranda viewing the Libyan sea and the picturesque bay of Plakias.
at 26.4km (NE) from Anopolis village & plateau
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.
at 26.6km (NE) from Anopolis village & plateau
CALAMON apartments is a complex of high quality apartments and studios, located 1 km away from the village of Episkopi, 6km from Georgioupolis, 14 km from Rethymno and only 700m from the wonderful beach of Petre. Surrounded by flowery gardens, it commands spectacular views to the sea and the mainland. The complex features 7 apartments and 7 studios, in two separate buildings, all fully equipped and decorated with excellent taste and care. All apartments and studios have private balcony or terrace. Calamon has a large swimming pool and one smaller for children. There is also a restaurant - bar for your breakfast, meals and snacks.
at 26.9km (E) from Anopolis village & plateau
The village stands 17km away from Rethymno and 6km from Episkopi. It has 160 inhabitants, farmers and stock breeders. The first university of Crete, called VIVI'S ACADEMY operated here in 1540 AD. There are remnands of many Venetian Houses, such as Villa Barocci, a mint, a fountain etc.
at 27.3km (W) from Anopolis village & plateau
Located ~2.3km west of Sougia it was the religious centre of the cities in south-west Crete and the port of Elyros. It flourished during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. In 1957-58 Asklepieion was excavated by N. Platon. The most important monuments of the site are: The Temple of Asklepios, dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Part of a Roman theatre, Rock-cut and built chamber tombs. There two byzantine chapels dedicated to Our Lady and Agios Kirikos The beach in the small cove has coarse pebbles and clear waters. Lissos (GR: Λισσός) nowadays is uninhabited and can be reached from Sougia only by foot (~1& 1/2 hours walk) or by boat (~20 minutes).
at 27.3km (N) from Anopolis village & plateau
A flourishing traditional seaside town on the Apokoronas Peninsula 17km east of Hania. Kalýves (or Kalives GR: Καλύβες) with its old tiled stone houses, mixed with the latest buildings form two separate districts, with typical island style. Most of it is literally built on the sea and has 1289 residents. Xydás (GR: Ξυδάς) river that runs through the town, is giving it a unique character and a cool climate that prevents the heat of summer. In the square, you will see a traditional water mill built in the early 20th century, one of the oldest in the area. Kalives is tastefully developed for tourism, and welcomes many visitors during the summer season to its safe sandy beach. With comprehensive amenities, there are many shops, taverns and kafeneion, in addition to banking, post office and petrol station facilities.
at 27.5km (W) from Anopolis village & plateau
Elyros ("Έλυρος" in Greek) is an ancient city, located in southwest Crete, in Kefala Hill, near the village Rodovani and is presently unexcavated. Elyros was flourishing at least as early as the Greek Classical Period, e.g. 500 to 350 BC. In the Classical Period Elyros was the most important ancient city in southwestern Crete, having about 16,000 inhabitants. It was an industrial and commercial city with large weapons production. Syia and Lissos were its harbours. Apollo, Phylakides and Philandros, sons of Apollo and nymph Akakallida, were worshiped there. In the third century BC Elyros was at war with Kydonia, an important center of Cretan power, located in the modern city of Chania. The citizens of Elyros sent to the Delphi Oracle, a bronze votive complex that represents a goat feeding the sons of Apollo when they were infants. It is also one of the thirty cities that signed the decree with Eumenes B’ in 183 BC.Elyros was also important during Roman times. A Roman statue, the Philosopher of Elyros was recovered here and is now in the Archaeological Museum of Chania. During Byzantine times, Elyros was the seat of an Archbishop and the remains of the bishopric church, a sixth century basilica, can still be seen in the centre of the old city. Robert Pashley was the first who identified the location of the city, near village Rodovani. Thenon studied more carefully the ruins of the city and discovered the inscription that says: “it seemed to the city of the Elyrians”. The output of its mint consists of silver drachms from the 3rd c. BC, which depict a wild goat and a bee; in addition to their function as religious symbols, these undoubtedly hint at the stock-raising activities in the region, particularly to this kind of wild goat, which can still be found in great numbers on the island. The bee also has reference to the abundant honey-production of Crete.
at 27.6km (E) from Anopolis village & plateau
Just 400m west of Plakias the Horizon Beach Hotel, set by the sea enjoys splendidly open views across the bay. The hotel is light and airy and the 26 twin and double bedrooms, all of which have a private sea facing balcony and polished stone floors, are simply furnished but comfortable, all have their own shower room (or bathroom), direct telephone, refrigerator, air condition (available), hair dryer, wireless internet, safe box, tv, and kettle or coffee maker. Hotel Facilities: Air-conditioned Rooms, Sea view balconys (All rooms), Studios for 2-5 People, Salon with TV, Elevator to all floors, Bar, Food on request, Breakfast-Buffet indoors and outdoors at the pleasant patio, Free safe parking, Pets allowed.