Vamos

Vamos is 25 kilometers away from Chania and is a small village with 665 residents. Vamos is a historical village known for its revolutions against the Turkish occupancy. Due to its strategic location many battles took place there. It is a quaint and picturesque village that has maintained its traditional character. Many buildings like the winery, the traditional coffee shop and the Girls' School have been restored. The school has been turned into a guest house.

In a radius of 7 kilometers from Vamos are the villages of Xirosterni, Souri, Paleloni etc. Take your car and visit churches with great architectural interest and enjoy Cretan hospitality and the Cretan way of life that has remained practically unchanged through the years and despite the increase of tourism.

If you are in the area in April you can enjoy the "Hochlidovradia" (hochlios = snail, vradia=evening) is a traditional festival with various dishes made with Cretan snails as the main ingredient. Delicious dishes and of course Tsikoudia (raki) accompanied by Cretan music and dancing await the visitor for an unforgettable experience. Early in August many cultural activities, music nights, theatrical plays, art and handicraft exhibits are organized.

Almirida

Almirida is located 22 kilometers east of Chania in a small gulf at the entrance of Souda bay. It is a small village with only 133 residents.

In addition to the quaint beach and the pretty harbor, the early Christian 6th century Basilica with its beautiful mosaics is worth visiting as well.

Four kilometers to the east is the village Kokkino Chorio (red village) a small hinterland village where one can see the "Galleries" that are very interesting fortification structures built by the Germans during the occupation (1941-1945) to protect the port of Souda. There is also a small glass factory in the area.

Saint George is celebrated with a grand festival on the 23rd of April or on Easter Monday.

Food is plentiful, of good quality and reasonable prices in the many tavernas and restaurants as well as the traditional coffee shops. Because it is a tourist resort you can enjoy the nightlife of the area at the various bars and clubs.

Kalives

The picturesque coastal village of Kalives is located 19 kilometers east of Chania and has 1289 residents.

It is a beautiful village with stone houses intertwined with the more modern buildings creating two separate neighborhoods with a characteristic island feel. The river Xides runs through the village and it too adds to the special feel of the village.

In the village square you can see the traditional watermill that was built in the beginning of the 20th century and is one of the oldest in the area.

If you wish to explore the area surrounding Kalives you can visit the traditional village of Macheri – that has been classified as a landmark with its stone houses and the open air theatre. Further down you will encounter the village of Neo Chorio where you find an oil press dating back to the Venetian era and an ancient well. Finally, 4 kilometers away you will reach the village of Armeni, a village with a breathtaking ambiance of plane and eucalyptus trees, running water and many streams, small stone bridges, an old watermill and the church of Saint Nikolas.

Don't miss the springs of the Zourpos River and the amazing beaches that form at the estuary of the river Kiliaris. In Kalives a celebration dedicated to Saint Paraskevi is held on the 26th of July and on the 20th of July in Armeni dedicated to Profitis Elias.

There are plenty of tavernas, restaurants, bars and traditional coffee shops in the area.

Souda

Souda is the port of Chania. If you choose to travel to Chania by boat you will arrive at the port of Souda. Souda is 7 kilometers from Chania and is a beautiful town with 6,385 residents. It is built on the Southern side of the Souda bay and is considered one of the largest and safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean because it is protected from the winds. Due to this geographical particularity it was always a point of strategic importance for all foreign conquerors and the Greek army and its allies. The military area is designated with signs and access and picture taking is strictly forbidden.

There are several attractions in the area of Souda. One of the most important structures is the castle Itzedin, about 9 kilometers east of the city close to the village of Kalami.

The islets of Souda and Leon that are across from the beach of Loutraki at the entrance of the bay are worth visiting. At the islet of Souda you can visit the ruins of the Venetian fort and the beautiful chapel of Saint Nicholas. At the islet of Leon you can enjoy the lush green scenery.

Approximately 4 kilometers to the East is the Commonwealth Cemetery, where officers and soldiers of the British Commonwealth that lost their life in the Second World War are buried.

About 10 kilometers southeast of Souda – close to the village Megala Chorafia – is the archeological site of Aptera. Aptera was a thriving city–state in Geometric times (8th century B.C.). Because of its location it controlled all commercial trades and activities. The ruins found are from various periods all the way up to the Byzantine period: Roman reservoirs, the double sanctuary of the 5th and 4th century, the geometric period tombs as well as the structures of the byzantine period.

Cultural events are organized in Souda in June during the "Nautical Week".

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