Usefull Information

BANKS

At Kalives (only 4 minutes by car), Vamos and  Giorgioupoli, you can find a bank and in many other areas ΑΤΜs.

GAS STATIONS

Gas stations are very close to us. You can find at Giorgioupoli, Vamos, Kalives and in many other places.

MEDICAL

Οnly 12 min away is Medical Center of Vamos. Because Vamos Medical Center is a government run medical facility, any doctor’s visit there is free of charge for everybody, and most of common medical tests and procedures are very cheap. Emergency room is open 24 hours a day free of charge!

There are also pharmacies in the surrounding area.


Sights - Excursions

Many excursions are available – siteseeing, by boat, wonderful biking, horse riding,  and hiking trips.   We would be happy to discuss and recommend according to your interests.


HIKING

Exploring Crete’s walking and hiking trails is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the island’s outstanding natural beauty. With thousands of kilometres of tracks, walking options are available to suit all levels of fitness and experience.

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CAVE DIVING

Almyrida offers splendid opportunities for sea cave diving. Divers enter a world that has existed peacefully, for centuries transformed into a fabulous underwater paradise of colour and remarkable natural features.



Almyrida is in the Apokoronas area, at the entrance to Souda Bay, about 2 km after Κalyves and 22 km from Chania. Almyrida is a seaside resort extending about 2 kilometres along the coast. The resort itself is quite small and touristy, with many hotels and apartments for rent. On entering Almyrida you will see the coastal road running through the resort, parallel to the beach. The cafeterias and restaurants are clustered on the seaward side, while on the other side of the road there are many shops.
Almyrida is the ideal place in Crete for people who want to enjoy the sea in peace and quiet, far from the noise of the major tourist resorts. If you feel like more excitement, you will find it at Georgioupoli, a few kilometres to the east.

Holidays in Almyrida are the ideal choice for families with small children, as there is an organised beach and everything a family might need on holiday. You can use Almyrida as a base to explore the picturesque Apokoronas area on foot or by car, with its tiny hamlets hidden in the hills or nestled on the green mountainsides.

Almyrida has two sandy beaches, fully organised with umbrellas, loungers and a lifeguard, while there is also a third beach with pebbles just before the village. The beaches of Almyrida are awarded a Blue Flag every year, showing that the sea is clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and customer service facilities. Indeed, both the beach and sea of Almyrida are extremely clean. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for families with small children. Both beaches at Almyrida are very exposed to the winds, and on windy days you may see large waves. However, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good: the wind and waves have made Almyrida a windsurfers’ paradise. Even if you’re not an expert windsurfer, you can try your luck, as you can rent a board on the beach and there are even windsurfing trainers here – mainly in the high tourist season. The more daring can try the small single- or two-seater sailing boats for a trip to explore the sea caves along the rocky coast east of Almyrida.

Lake Kournas is the only lake with fresh water in Crete only 10 min from us. It is situated in a magnificent location, just 3km inland from Georgioupolis. It is a rather small lake, known from antiquity with the name Korisia and it is a remarkable destination for an afternoon walk or a day trip. The relaxing and beautiful landscape is ideal for nature lovers.
Lake Kournas is an important part of the Greek ecosystem, as it is one of the few areas in Crete where there is abundant fresh water throughout the year. This is one of the reasons that the Lake Kournas is a protected area by the Natura 2000 Network. The lake is surrounded by a greenery environment with rare plants and trees.  Many animals find shelter here.
It is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists. It is the ideal location for a relaxing walk around the transparent water of the lake. There are plenty of taverns and cafeteria type eateries bordering the lake. Here you can find both local and international dishes and can even enjoy a beer while looking out over a stunning view.

Koiliaris River is one of the eco rich and impressive rivers in Chania Prefecture. It sources from Stylos Village end falls to the Blue Beach in Kalyves, after traveling for 5km.
Koiliaris River travels among lush greenery, a profuse and dense natural setting, offering the visitors an oasis of relaxation and aesthetic pleasure. The river is home to several different species of flora and fauna that use the ideal landscape for reproductive purposes or as a very friendly haven. Several outdoor activities take place at the heady waters of the river. Along the river, visitors can spot bird nests, and emigrating fowls that stop there to rest from their long journey; turtle doves, nightingale, swans, ducks and geese, marabou and many more species nest at the banks of the river.

Armenoi is located inland from Kalyves on the north coast of the island, at the mouth of Souda Bay. A relatively large village, it lies on good agricultural land in the Apokoronas, with groves of avocado, orange and olives around. The village has two large tavernas of good reputation, a grill in summer months and a kafenion. The village is shaded by platania trees (Oriental Plane) and the Kiliaris river. The church of Ag. Nikolaos is large and imposing, giving an air of wealth to the village.

The Gorge of Samariá is in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania. It was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias. There are a number of other gorges in the White Mountains. While some say that the gorge is 18 km long, this distance refers to the distance between the settlement of Omalos on the northern side of the plateau and the village of Agia Roumeli. In fact, the gorge is 16 km long, starting at an altitude of 1,250 m at the northern entrance, and ending at the shores of the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. The walk through Samaria National Park is 13 km long, but one has to walk another three kilometers to Agia Roumeli from the park exit, making the hike 16 km long.

The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as the Gates (or, albeit incorrectly, as “Iron Gates”), where the sides of the gorge close in to a width of only four meters and soar up to a height of almost 300 meters (980 feet).

The gorge became a national park in 1962, particularly as a refuge for the rare kri-kri (Cretan goat), which is largely restricted to the park and an island just off the shore of Agia Marina. There are several other endemic species in the gorge and surrounding area, as well as many other species of flowers and birds.

The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. The village and the gorge take their names from the village’s ancient church, Óssia María.

A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Sougia or Hora Sfakion, where they could spend a night there, or they could catch a coach back to Chania. The walk takes five to seven hours and can be strenuous, especially at the peak of summer.
Beneath the towering walls of the Venetian fort there is a sandy beach with dunes, and shallow turquoise waters. Organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, it gets crowded. The gently shelving waters make it most suitable for families with young children. West of Frangokastello, on the road to Chora Sfakion, is Vatalos beach.

 

The village of Chora Sfakion in the southwest of the island of Crete. Sfakia is part of Chania province, and for Crete is quite unique as an area that is still untouched by mass tourism. It mainly consists of the “White Mountains” up to 2453 metres high, fertile plains, and small villages along the coast and in the mountains in traditional Cretan style. Its small capital Chora Sfakion, also called Sfakia, has 400 inhabitants, and offers a small new harbour where the ferries to other villages, and to Samaria gorge, dock. Many villagers live as shepherd, or fisherman, or they grow olives. Sfakia offers several family run small hotels and studios and sea front tavernas, and shops.

13 km from Chora Sfakion is Fraggokastelo Fort.  The fort was built between 1371-1374 to protect and control the area from rebellious Sfakiots and from pirates. The stones were plundered, already cut and shaped, from the nearby ancient city of Nikita. Today it is restored and in good condition. The legend of the Drosoulites is attached to the fort: some sort of natural optical illusion lies behind the story of how those slain in battle with the Turks appear just before dawn around the anniversary of their death each year.

Beneath the towering walls of the Venetian fort there is a sandy beach with dunes, and shallow turquoise waters. Organized, with umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, it gets crowded. The gently shelving waters make it most suitable for families with young children. West of Frangokastello, on the road to Chora Sfakion, is Vatalos beach.

 

At the link below you can find information for the two majow cities at Western Crete.