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Villages

Crete isn't just about beaches, it has some wonderful landscapes with pretty villages dotted about. This is a sample of some of the best of them.

Loutro


Once a famous fishing village now a tourist centre but the village retains its quaint atmosphere by the fact it can only be approached by foot or by sea. The beach is all large pebbles but the swimming can be the best on the island. Cool and clear, the a

Once a famous fishing village now a tourist centre but the village retains its quaint atmosphere by the fact it can only be approached by foot or by sea.  The beach is all large pebbles but the swimming can be the best on the island. Cool and clear, the a

Argiroupolis & Lappa


We've seen how Theriso gorge carried fresh water from the White Mountains to Chania, now this area is the conduit for the main water supply to Rethymno on the north coast. The village is well worth a visit to see the waterfalls and the sturgeon in all the

We've seen how Theriso gorge carried fresh water from the White Mountains to Chania, now this area is the conduit for the main water supply to Rethymno on the north coast. The village is well worth a visit to see the waterfalls and the sturgeon in all the

Spili


Famous for its Roman fountains landmark. The village is very picturesque and has an Episcopal Palace. The village is at the head of the Amari Valley and sits below the Ida Mountains. It's a nice village to walk round but I cannot recommend any of the tave

Famous for its Roman fountains landmark. The village is very picturesque and has an Episcopal Palace. The village is at the head of the Amari Valley and sits below the Ida Mountains. It's a nice village to walk round but I cannot recommend any of the tave

Vrysses


Considered to be the capital of the Apokoronas, the village or small town of Vrysses is a delight to walk around. Situated just off the National Road about 31 klm south and east from Chania. You can sit and chat with the crowd of old timers arguing over t

Considered to be the capital of the Apokoronas, the village or small town of Vrysses is a delight to walk around. Situated just off the National Road about 31 klm south and east from Chania. You can sit and chat with the crowd of old timers arguing over t

Chora Sfaxion


The municipality of Sfakia in south west Crete has the smallest number of inhabitants but some of Crete’s most beautiful villages. The landscape here is wild without the trees and shrubs of north west Crete. The climate can be very hot and windy. The best

The municipality of Sfakia in south west Crete has the smallest number of inhabitants but some of Crete’s most beautiful villages. The landscape here is wild without the trees and shrubs of north west Crete. The climate can be very hot and windy. The best

Margarites


The village of Margarites is usually visited after a trip to Crete’s famous monastery at Arkady. This may not give you time to study the wonderful architecture of the village as the pottery shops and workshops where you can see the potters at work will ta

The village of Margarites is usually visited after a trip to Crete’s famous monastery at Arkady. This may not give you time to study the wonderful architecture of the village as the pottery shops and workshops where you can see the potters at work will ta