The Askyfou Plateau is located 50 km from Chania, at an altitude of 730 meters. It belongs to the Province of Sfakia. The plateau is surrounded by the Lefka Ori range and is shaped like a giant trophy cup. The ancient Greek word for trophy was "skyfos" and hence the name of the plateau. It is quite possible that several thousand years ago, the Askyfou Plateau was a large lake.
The plateau has historical significance. In 1821 a large battle between the Turks and the Sfakians took place here with victory going to the local defenders. Unfortunately, Askyfou was burnt by Hussein Bey in 1823.