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Interesting Locations - Loupassis S.A.

Chania, Rethimno, Iraklio, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, lerapetra - each of these cities has a district personality that attracts many of the visitors to the island.

Gavalohori

Traditional settlement situated about 26 km S.E. of Chania, surrounded by olive and oak trees. It's name comes from Philip Gavalas, a Byzantine who settled there between 1090 and 1182 obeying the Byzantine emperor. A Historical and Folklore Museum operates there. It is housed in a building which is characteristic of the local traditional architecture that used to be developed in two levels. A part of the building was constructed during the Venetian period whereas the second floor was added during the Turkish period. Among the exhibits one can see furniture, hendwoven and silk fabrics, embroideries, stone and wood carvings, samples of iconography and pottery, weapons, coins, etc. In the village square there is an office of the Women's Agricultural Co-operative of Gavalohori where one can either get Information about the area or buy products made by the locals.

The Samaria Gorge

43 km from the city of Chania, this is the longest gorge in Europe, measuring some 18 kilometres and renowned for its awesome beauty. At some points the passage is Just 3 metres wide and at times the steep sides rise to a height of 600 metres. The gorge is cut by a stream which flows between the highest peak of the White Mountains and Mt. Volikas. Hiking down the gorge is permitted from May to the end of October, depending on the weather. At the entrance to the gorge, at Xilokastro, there is a tourist pavillion with a view of majestic Mt. Gygilo (alt, 2.083 m.). On leaving the gorge one encounters the village at Agia Roumell, where one can take a launch to Hora Stakion and catch a bus back to Chania. The road from Chania to the entrance of the gorge traverses picturesque lowland and mountain villages. At the village of Omalos and the Omalos mountain range one will find rooms for rent and a number of tavernas.

Hora Sfakion

74 km south of Chania, an unusual village built in a rocky, barren area, difficult to reach whether by sea or overland. To get there one crosses the Askyphos mountain and the Nimbros gorge.

Gavdos

An islet 24 nautical miles south of Sfakia (Hara Sfakion). There are scheduled boats from Sfakia to this virgin isle with its spotless beaches and its cedar trees all year long (weather permitting). The island boasts some tavernas and a few rooms to rent.

The Therisso Gorge

An impressive gorge, 6 km long running between Chania and the village of Therisso at the foothills of the White Mountains, 16 km south of Chania.

Lake Kournas

48 km, east at Chania. A picturesque lake, the only one on the island. The mountains surrounding it are reflected in its calm waters. There are tavernas in the area for a bite to eat.

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