61 kilometers Southwest of Chania is the village of Kantanos, a historical village that has 565 residents.

The village is built on an area full of olive trees that create a tranquil and quaint ambiance. It maintains its ancient name that many claim comes from Pre Greek times and means "the City of Victory".

The village had a vibrant presence during the Byzantine era as well as during the Venetian occupation. Like most of the villages on the island Kantanos participated in all the revolutions against the Ottoman occupancy. Loyal to their rebellious nature, the villagers held up a strong resistance during the Nazi invasion. The Nazis retaliated by completely destroying the village and killing all the villagers. Today when you visit the village square you can see memoriam plaques that are reminders of these atrocities.

Kantanos has many byzantine churches that date back to the 13th up to the 15th century that are noteworthy for their architecture, their hagiographies and their icons.

Every year in May, in memoriam of the Battle of Crete, several different events are held. The festival of Analipsi is held in the village every year.

The village has several tavernas and coffee shops for food and drink.


Paleochora is 79 kilometers from Chania, on the southwest coast of Crete and is a village with 2200 residents. Built next to the sea on a small peninsula between two coves, the village is the commercial, agricultural and tourist center of the area. As it is located in the south, the landscape is exotic with turquoise waters, golden sand and scattered palm trees.

There is an impressive Venetian Castle on the hill over the village.

If you decide to explore the area by car you will discover several villages and byzantine churches, some of which date back to the 13th century.

You will also find interesting natural monuments and breathtaking landscapes, like the caves of Harakas and Zoures and the evergreen ancient plane tree in the village of Azogouries, 8 kilometers from Paleochora.

Even though access is not the easiest, a visit to the cave of Krios with its lake and untarnished landscape is well worth a visit.

Cultural events are organized in the summer, in the beginning of August (Musical August). There are also excursions organized by travel agencies to the Samaria Gorge of Elafonissos.
Coffee shops, tavernas, restaurants with local delicacies and bars for drinks offer many alternatives to the visitor.

There are many busses (5-6 daily) that connect Chania to Paleochora. You can tour the entire southern shore on small boats. The village can also connect to Chora Sfakion, Agia Roumeli, Loutro, Sougia and Gavdos with a small boat.


Chrisoskalitissa is 76 kilometers from Chania on the western coast of Crete and is a small village with few residents. It is an important tourist resort that mainly attracts local visitors and some international visitors.

Don't miss the Chrisoskalitissa Monastery – its founding date is not known. An old legend of the Monastery says that one of the 90 steps that are etched in the rocks and lead to the monastery is made out of gold. This is where the name of the monastery comes from (Chriso=Gold, Skali=Step). Of course, according to same legend, only those without sin can see it.

You can also visit the small gulf of Stomio with its rocky coast and enjoy the natural beauty and the wonderful view it offers.

The festival dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is held in the village on the 15th of August at the Monastery of Chrisoskalitissa.


Falassarna is 58 kilometers West of Chania and is a small coastal village with few residents. Falassarna has one of the most beautiful sand beaches with turquoise, crystal clean waters.

The ruins of ancient Falassarna are worth visiting. Ancient Falassarna was the sea port of Polirrinia and was destroyed by the Romans. The ruins date back several periods. There are ruins of the Cyclopean Walls, a stone throne and the ruins of a temple that was possibly dedicated to the God Apollo or the Goddess Diana.

There are also some Byzantine churches that are worth visiting, the most interesting of which is the church dedicated to Saint Fotios and Saint Anikitos that are in a small cave with a fantastic view outside of the village.

There are two festivals held in the village. One on the 26th of July in honor of Saint Paraskevi and one on August 12th in honor of Saint Anikitos.

The village has many tavernas, restaurants and coffee shops.

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