• Eftrapelia

• A Place for Changes in Life
• map and distances

• Αpokoronas

• The villages

• Hania

• map of Hania town
• Museums and sightseeing



The place of alternative life Eftrapelia was built in the small village «Provarma» of Apokorona, near the village Stilos in the municipality Armenon and about 18 km from Hania.
The ethmology of the name means “the point from where you see better and before the others.” The founder of the village, according to history, was a “Mousouros”, immegrating from the Eastern provinces of Crete (very probably from the village Mylopotamos). While “Enetoi” chased him, because of his revolutionary beliefs and after a lot of locomotions, he was married with the girl of the sovereign of “Macherous” and settled "there in the Provarma”. So the village got its name.

"History of the Province Apokoronou Crete" Konstantinos Anagnostis-Dounakis



Map of Apokoronas and distances

map apokoronas


distances from Eftrapelia
Airport Hania 25 km
Airport Iraklion 128 km
Harbour Souda 15 km
Hania Town 18 km
Rethymno 40 km
Iraklion 120 km
closest Beach 5 km
Kalives Village 5 km
Stilos Village 300 m
Georgioupoli 25 km


Apokoronas Hanion

The Province of Apokorona is rich of cultural identity and with great natural beauty. There are many villages and places worth a visit.


SAMONA APOKORONOU: The settlement ‘Samona’ in the community of Stilos is about 30 km from Hania. Only a few metres after the last houses of the village a small cavern were discovered in 1994, with marvellous internal decor and a small lake.



KRIONERIDA: In the ravine “Laggos” of the south-western village Vafes, about 37 km from Hania, lies a cave with little decor but with rich presence in the limelight of historical developments. In August of 1821 the Turkish Resident and Osmanian troops slaughtered 130 Cretan warriors, women and children after three days of brave resistance. In the same ravine, near the place “Kalamato” another cavern with small rooms, gulves and rich décor was found.

LEDAKA: The cave was discovered during the German occupation. It is located southern of the village Melidoni, about 32 km from Hania. Variform compositions are creating optical phenomenons for the visitor.

HAINOSPILIOS: South-west of the village Asi Gonia, about 62 km from Hania, you will find the historic place of Hainospilos. It owns its name to the Hainides, the so called Cretan rebels, who used this place as their operational base. In 1866 the revolutionary commitee as well as the provisional government of Crete (1867) was based here. In 1868 Turkish troops stormed the cavern in order to arrest the members of the committee and they occupied the nearby village. Many Cretans were captured and killed, but the village never surrendered. This historical place became important again during the resistance against the German occupation in World War II.

MAVRO SKOTADI: A 341 m deep cleft in the region of the village Asi Gonia, with waterfalls, springs and a small lake. It is the deepest cleft known in the Lefka Ori mountains.



KALIVES: Coastal beautiful village at the gulf of Souda. The ancient town of Kisamo is placed in the eastern part of Kalives with a small fortress called Castel Apricorno or Bicorno. Kalives is crossed by a small river, where hotels, restaurants and cafeterias are located. The long sandy beach with its clear, ultramarin water got this part of the coast the name “Kiani Akti” - Côte Azur.


KOURNAS: The village Emprosnero with the marvellous lake Kournas, unique in Crete, surrounded by mountains and with a beautiful nature. The ancient name of the lake was Korisja and is located about 4 km from Georgioupoli and 41 km from Hania. Nearby the village is also on of the most beautiful caverns of the region located.


ALMIRIDA: a small fishing village, lies along the east of the Souda Bay opposite the cape of Akrotiri, within 25 kilometers from the city of Hania. The surrounding area, with picturesque villages, lovely beaches, and historical sites consists one of the most worth to visit areas in the island of Crete.


PLAKA: Further up the hill (and 10 minutes on foot from the beach of Almirida), the village of Plaka is also popular because it is very quiet with superb views of the bay of Souda and the White Mountains.


Kokiino Horio

KOKKINO HORIO: Kokkino Horio, which is located at a higher altitude, has maintained its traditional architectural style even more so than the other villages with its narrow roads, beautiful gates and tiled roofs. A group of cisterns, built in a sloping field, gather the rainwater, an interesting example of local architecture, dealing with the permanent problem of lack of water.
Above Kokkino Horio one can see the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the Venetian occupation). The coastline northwest of the village is an extremely interesting place for a stroll due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi (or Karavotopos). Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is also an interesting site. At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant cave, an area 60 m x 60 m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.


VAMOS: the capital of Apokoronos district and previously of the Sfakia prefecture - today capital of the new municipality - is an exceptionally interesting village classified as "traditional village" by the Ministry for the Environment. It resembles a small town, very well preserved, with folkloristic and neoclassical architectural elements. The initiative of a group of inhabitants to create an association for the preservation of the village as well as alternative tourism strategies are already paying off while constituting a model for further local progress.


GAVALOHORI: The small village Aspro (Koprana), built upon a hill, consists mainly of buildings dating from the 18th century and is inhabited predominantly by foreigners. Gavalohori is a large old village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. In this officially protected, traditional village a lot of interesting buildings can be found, such as the 18th century two-roomed, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school and many residences.
Visitors can also find the unique folklore museum of the prefecture of Hania, organised by the Ministry of Culture, filled with a wealth of displays of folk life. The landscape around the village still has its natural beauty.
Plenty of opportunities for walks are provided around the group of Venetian wells, the Roman cemetery, the neighbourhood and the church of Agios Pavlos. A women association continuing the old art of lace making (kopaneli) and dealing generally with alternative tourism also exists in Gavalohori. Gavalohori could offer environmental management training as well as other activities at the Environmental Educational Centre, which is currently under construction.



ARMENOI: Armenoi is a delightful village in the low hills just inland from the coastal town of Kalives. Its location gives it many lovely aspects and great ambience. An imposing church is the focus at the heart of the village, and the kafeneon, taverna and small shops add to the traditional village atmosphere. There are splendid views of the White Mountains and the surrounding rural area.


KAINA: The southwest road from Vamos leads through the well-preserved community of Tsikoliana to the interesting village of Kaina, which has many buildings dating from the years of the Turkish occupation. Outside the small community of Genitsari Metohi or Platanos, one can find the church of Agios Antonios with its frescoes from the 14th century, the beautiful location Sopoto and on the national road the small church of Agios Fanourios where many people come to worship and where interesting religious events take place. From Kaina the national road provides a further route to the district of Vamos and access to the mountainous area of Fres.


EMBROSNEROS: Embrosneros is a quiet and traditional village in the foothills of the White Mountains south of Vrysses. Views of the mountains and surrounding rural countryside are lovely, and being at the end of the access road there is no through traffic. Kafeneon are set among classic architecture giving the village a timeless ambience.


KEFALAS: The community of Kefalas is situated approximately 4 km to the east of Vamos. During the Venetian occupation higher and lower Kefalas were classed as two separate villages, however, today they have become one. It is a large village built in an outstanding position facing the sea with architecture dominated by the influence of the early and late years of the Turkish occupation. This influence is well preserved despite the existence of other architectural styles. The church of Timios Stavros (16th century) is the oldest building of the village while the more recent churches of Panagia, Agios Antonios, and Michael the archangel, works of the reputed Kefalas craftsmen, are examples of folk architecture of the 19th century.


VRISSES: In Vrisses, huge Plane trees line the road where you will find mini-markets, a bank and a bakery (do try the cheese pies). Of a morning time this is a bustling little town, but by mid-day the pace slows and the tavernas spread their tables out towards the banks of the river Voutakis, where you can relax in the shade and enjoy a bowl of creamy local yogurt and honey, for which this area is famous.


GEORGIOPOULI: Although Georgioupolis with its lovely sandy beaches is now a thriving seaside resort it still retains a pleasing rural ambience and leisurely pace of life. Numerous tavernas and cafes surround the bustling village square whilst in little side streets you will find a number of small shops selling jewellery and local pottery. Down by the river the fishermen with their boats and nets add a tangy whiff of the sea to the village atmosphere and here it is possible to hire a boat and paddle upstream towards Lake Kournas spotting turtles and fish as they drift by. Taking the old road out of Georgioupolis it is just 6 kms to the village of Vrisses, a main stopping point for buses to the south coast harbour town of Chora Sfakion, where ferries ply between Loutro, and far flung Paleohora as well as Agia Roumeli at the foot of the Samaria gorge.


Hania town


Welcome to Hania

The capital of the department is the Town of Hania (about 60.000 inhabitants). A beautiful town built at the seaside with rich history in its life and architecture.
There are many theories about the source of its name, we will mention only the three most possible: a) a derivation from Crete's ancient name "Chvonia", b) from the fish named channos, channi - plural channia, or c) derivated from the pre-hellenic name "Alchania", "komi", which became Al Hanim by the Arabs and then again got mixed up by the locals as "chani" and "Al" became the article "ta" - so in the end it was "Ta Chania".

For more complete information about Hania you could take a look at the Wikipedia entry through this link here: wikipedia-Hania

small map Hania

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Museums to visit in Hania

Archeological museum Hania:
>> archaeological museum Hania

Archeolog museum


Historical museum of Crete:
>> historical archive Hania



Folkoristic museum of Hania :
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War museum Hania:
>> War museum Hania


Nautical museum Hania:
>> Naval museum Hania


Chemical museum:
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Byzantic and Neo-Byzantic collection Hania:
>> Byzantine and Meta-byzantine Collection Hania


House of Elefterios Venezelos:
>> El. Venizelos House



Centre of Mediterranean Architecture (Megalo Arsenali):
>> Megalo Arsenali (KAM)


Municipal Art Gallery Hania:
>> Municipal Art gallery Hania



Museum of Print craftmanship:


The Monastry of Karolos:
>> Monastery of Karolos