Agia Roumeli is a small village of 120 residents on the south coast of Crete, at the exit of the Samaria Gorge and is built on the location of ancient city of Tara.
The village is relatively quiet most of the time except for late in spring and, of course, during the summer months when it is very busy mainly due to the amount of people who cross the gorge. But, when the last boat leaves the small harbor with the last visitors the village returns to its quiet, peaceful ways.
First of all you must visit the ruins of the ancient Doric city of Tara that thrived during the Roman era. Here you can see the ruins of a temple that was most likely dedicated to the God Apollo and the Goddess Diana.
The church of the Virgin Mary is also worth visiting and is built on the ruins of the ancient temple dedicated to Apollo and Diana as well as the ruins of a medieval castle on the hill close to the village.
The byzantine monastery of Saint Paul is within walking distance as is the beach with the same name (Agios Pavlos).
There are some tavernas and coffee shops with good food and drinks in Agia Roumeli.
Access to the village is only feasible with boats from Chora Sfakion, Paleochora, Sougia and Loutro. You can also reach the village by foot through the Samaria Gorge starting at the Omalos plateau. Every year thousands of visitors choose this relatively difficult but also very popular path to reach Agia Roumeli. If you are fit enough then you can reach the village from Chora Sfakion or Paleochora following the European trail E4.