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  Alikambos is 40km from Chania on a side road from the Chania - Vrises - Hora Sfakion road. Alikambos was a centre of revolutionary activities against the Venetians. The Venetians destroyed it in 1527 and prohibited the people from rebuilding the town. In Alikambos one can see interesting old village houses with Venetian remains, and a Byzantine church.

This extract is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.

Alikabos has been a centre of revolutionary activities against the Venetians. The Venetians destroyed it in 1527 and prohibited the people from rebuilding the town. In the village one can see interesting old houses with Venetian remains, and a Byzantine church.


  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. Kera, Plaka, Kambia, and Kokkino Horio are some of the most renowned and unforgettable places to the numerous friends of Almirida.
  The area has been just developed the last eight years, in a way that the traditional characteristics which attracts the most demanding guests, remained unspoilt.
  Historically, it introduces great interest. The whole area used to be a colony of the ancient Foinikes, a place named Finika exists in the area, while some ancient ruins and tombs of the time were unearthed there.
  At the entrance of Almirida archaeologists discovered Mosaic and tombs which belong to the Royal Church rhythm of the 5th century A.D. Here the last battle between the Greek revolutionaries and the Turks in 1896 took place.
  There are a lot of places of interest which guests can visit: like the "Diktamo Gorge" and the "gorge of Saint Nikolas" and the 215 caves scattered in the area.
  In the bay of Almirida is the islet "Karga", ideal for a small sea trip, fishing and relax, while some remnants of ancient walls as well as tunnel from the second world war are worth to see. The islet is also a refuge for migratory and endemic birds.
  Kokkino Horio a village where the famous film "Zorbas", based on the novel of Nikos Kazantzakis the Cretan writer, was filmed stands in a small distance from Almirida.
  Another point of attraction is the small factory which produces items from "blown glass", located also at Kokkino Horio.
  A little further from Plaka to the south is the picturesque village "Kambia", with traditional houses, flowery yards and the small chapel of "Agos Nikitas". A local festival is organized every year at September 15 to celebrate the Saint's name day
  At Kambia you will find an exhibition with the work of the well known painter Santorinakis, who has a special technique of painting on mirrors.
  Plaka is the biggest village in the area with 250 permanent inhabitants, occupying mostly with farming, cattle breeding, fishing and lately with tourism.
  The visitor can admire here a magical sunset, as well as many other attractions like the natural sea caves (nerospilia), the old houses, the narrow stone paved streets and will enjoy the July festival "Plakiana", in honour of the Cretan lyra player Mihalis Papadakis, where many old local customs are brought to life.
  Almirida has been characterized (by the authorities) as a place of great natural beauty, and thus all efforts are made to preserve the authenticity of it.
  The climate due to the ever present olive trees which go as far as the beach, and the Lefka Ori mountain range is temperate considered to be one of the healthiest in the whole world!
  Almirida has tourist accommodation of all types and class. Not large hotel resorts but many small family operated and well looked after with friendly and quiet environment, which however can provide all the modern facilities.
  Fresh fish and lots of Cretan specialties are offered at the small taverns located on the coastal street by the sea. There also many bars, cafes, music clubs etc to offer the visitors unforgettable evenings.
  For your shopping there are shops with traditional products and souvenirs of a wide range, and of course many mini markets which remain open until late.
  There is regular bus transportation service to the town of Hania and the surrounding villages in 24 hour basis.

This text is cited September 2004 from the Interkriti URL below, which contains images.


  Asigonia, 35km from Rethimnon, is in the foothills of the Lefka Ori or White Mountains and controls the eastern passage to the mountains. Because of its location it was always a village that supported the rebels against the Turks.
Asigonia has become a centre for traditional Cretan folklore and culture. This may be due in part because it was the home of Georgios Psychoundakis, the author of The Cretan Runner, a book that recounts stories of the resistance movement during World War II and the local participation in it. On Agios Georgios' Day, 23 April, the local people bring their animals (mostly sheep and goats) from the mountains to be blessed by the priest. They are milked, the milk is boiled and then served to those in attendance. You can also reach the higher plateaus of Kalikratis and Asfedou from here by a rough road.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.

Because of its location Asi Gonia was always a village that supported the rebels against the Turks. It has now become a centre for traditional Cretan culture. This may be due in part because it was the home of Georgios Psychoundakis, the author of The Cretan Runner, a book that recounts stories of the resistance movement during World War II and the local participation in it.


  Georgioupolis lies at the northern coast of Crete, about 35km away from Hania and 20 km from Rethimno. It is a coastal village situated at the bay of Almiros, and belongs to the county of Apokoronas of the prefecture of Hania . . . Georgioupolis is built on the delta of the river Almiros. In fact it was called Almiros or Almiroupolis (city of Almiros) up to the beginning of the century when Crete united with Greece and the city took the name of the then king of Greece King George. About a mile from the village on the way to Hania is a small hill, on top of which the ruins of the ancient city Amfimalla was built.
  Georgioupolis was first settled in modern times in the late 19th century (1880) , by Miltiades Papadogiannakis. Up to then the whole area was abandoned due to the swamps that surrounded the river delta. The fear of malaria kept every one away.With the passing of time however, and the efforts of the first settlers the swamps are dried, eucalyptus are planted and the city starts to grow. Its location halfway through the towns of Rethimno and Hania, helps to establish it as a port for boats following the north coast of Crete. The river delta enhanced with a small breakwater extending in the sea serves even today as a port for fishing and small tourist boats.
  Although tourist facilities are expanding Georgioupolis is still a small tightly knit community of locals involved primarily with the traditional activities of stock breeding, farming and fishing. In the entrance to the village is a traditional bakery where you can taste some of the best tasting bread you have ever tried(!!). The village has adequate facilities for visitors but keeps its own character. The long stretches of golden sandy beaches in front of the village, the lake of Kournas close by and the proximity of the cities of Hania and Rethimnon, make it a good starting place for visitors. There are excursions by small boats to the surrounding beaches. There is also a small road-going train that can take you to an excursion to the surrounding areas including the springs and waterfalls at the nearby village of Argiroupolis.

This text is cited Dec 2003 from the Interkriti URL below, which contains images.

  Georgioupolis is on the National Highway from Chania to Rethimnon: 39km from Chania, 20km from Rethimnon. It is a small town with hotels, restaurants and cafes, a sandy beach and a wildlife refuge. Georgioupolis is the beginning of a 10 kilometre stretch of beach that runs beside the highway from Chania to Rethimnon.


  Kalives is a coastal village with a sandy beach 18km from Chania, north of the Chania - Rethimnon highway. The village is at the eastern end of Souda Bay and faces the Akrotiri.

  The abundant water supply in this area accounts for the lush vegetation. Near the village there once was the Venetian fortress, Apicorno. The name of this region, Apokoronas, was taken from this fortress. Almirida has a fairly long, pebbly, sand beach and at one end there are several tavernas. Kalives is the probable site of one of two harbours of the important ancient city of Aptera in the steep hill above Kalives. The other harbour was Minoa on the anchorage of Marathi, on the other side of the bay.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.

Kourna Lake

  Lake Kournas is one of only two lakes in Crete and covers a total area of about 160,000 square metres with a depth of up to 25 metres. The name is derived from the Arabic word for lake. Dense vegetation surrounds the scenic lake and the southeastern bank is lined with olive trees. A strip of white sand beside the lake provides an area for swimming and cafes.


  The old village of Kournas maintains aspects of traditional Cretan village architecture and there are several Byzantine churches. The village is 43km from Chania and 20km from Rethimnon. Kournas Lake, old villages, Byzantine churches, a Minoan tomb and a cave are in the area around the village. In Patima (near Kournas) there is the church of Agios Theodoros which also has a fine, decorated tomb within the church. In Patima there are also the remains of Venetian buildings.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


  Kyriakoselia is a village 31km from Chania on the road Chania - Megala Horafia - Stylos - Samonas - Kyriakoselia. In the area of Kyriakoselia there are the Byzantine churches of Agios Nikolaos and Agios Mamas as well as the Byzantine fort of Kyriakoselia.


  Stylos is 18km from Chania on the road Chania - Megala Horafia - Stylos. The area between Megala Horafia and Stylos is believed to be an important Minoan site, possibly associated with Aptera, or it may be ancient Aptera itself, but no systematic excavations have been done. In the area there is also the very important Byzantine church of the Panagia Serviotisa and the church of Agios Ioannis, Stylos.

This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.

Municipality of Vamos

VAMOS (Municipality) CHANIA


The village due to its strategic position played a significant role to the history of Crete, especially during the Turkish occupation, when it was the seat of the Turkish commander. Several attempts have been made by he Cretan revolutionists to capture the village. After one of many battles in May 1896 the revolutionists finally achieved to take over the place. This fact had a great effect, even abroad and gave birth to the General Revolutionary Assembly of Cretan People for the independence of the island.


  Vrises is 32km from Chania and 26km from Rethimnon along a south turn on the Chania - Rethimnon highway. In Vrises there is a Greco-Roman bridge.

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Greek & Roman Geography (ed. William Smith)


A town in the N. of Crete, situated on the bay named after it (Amphimales kolpos Ptol. iii. 17. § 7), which corresponds, according to some, to the bay of Armiro, and, according to others, to the bay of Suda.


A city in Crete mentioned by Strabo, which Hock has placed near Hierapytna. Mr. Pashley considers that the modern Apokoirona is a corruption of the ancient name.


KAINO (Ancient city) VAMOS
  Caeno (Kaino, Diod. v. 76), a city of Crete, which, according to the legend of the purification of Apollo by Carmanor at Tarrha, is supposed to have existed in the neighbourhood of that place and Elyrus. (Comp. Paus.) The Cretan goddess Britomartis was the daughter of Zeus and Carma, granddaughter of Carmanor, and was said to have been born at Caeno. (Diod. l. c.) Mr. Paslley (Trav. vol. ii. p. 270) fixes the site either on the so-called refuge of the Hellenes, or near Haghios Nikolaos, and supposes that Mt. Carma, mentioned by Pliny (xxi. 14), was in the neighbourhood of this town. (Comp. Hoeck, Kreta, vol. i. p. 392.)


TANOS (Ancient city) CHANIA
Tanos (Artemidorus, ap. Steph. B. s. v.) A town in Crete of which there is a coin with the epigraph TANION. (Eckhel, vol. ii p. 321).


  Hydramum (Hudramon, Stadiasm.; Hudramia, Steph. B.: Eth. Hudramieis), a city of Crete, which the Maritime Itinerary places at 100 stadia to the E. of Amphimatrium. There can be no doubt but that it is represented by the modern Sfakian village of Dhramia, situated in the fertile little plain running between the mountains and the shore along the bay of Amphimalla. (Pashley, Trav. vol. i. p. 72; Hock, Kreta, vol. i. pp. 395, 434.)

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Municipality of Georgioupoli


Municipality of Vamos

VAMOS (Municipality) CHANIA

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  The municipality of Vamos, the capital town of which bears the same name (communities of Vamos and Douliana), consists of the former districts of Gavalohori (Gavalohori, Agios Pavlos, Koprana, Agios Vasilios), Plaka (Plaka, Almirida, Kabia), Kokino Horio, Kaina, Kefala (Kefalas, Paleloni, Drapanos), Xerosternio (Xerosterni, Litsarda), Selia (Selia, Souri, Likotinara), Kalamitsi Alexandrou. It is a semi-mountainous area with interesting natural surroundings, dominated by local woody (oak, holm-oak, cypress, wild almond, carob, laurel and pear trees) or bushy (hairy thorny brooms, cretan sage, herbs etc.) flora and architectural heritage. Small villages, most of which are old, are spread throughout the area, which is characterised by a lack of water and limited agricultural productivity. While this lack of resources resulted in a severe reduction of the population it did not have any effect on the architectural character or the natural surroundings of the region until recently. This is the main reason why a lot of foreigners buy old houses or land and settle here. The biggest part of the steep, rocky coastline has preserved its natural wild beauty and is proposed to become a protected area under the Natura 2000 Environmental Management Program.
  One can reach the sea from Kera and Almirida whereas Kokino Horio, Kefalas and Likotinara provide steep access to the beach. Due to the reasons mentioned above, the region is suitable for mild tourist development, which is evident in Plaka and Almirida and subtle in Vamos, Gavalohori and other smaller villages mainly from tourists visiting East Apokoronos. The recent establishment of a developmental agency in Vamos with the aim of mild tourist development and the preservation of local character creates guidelines for the development of the area and the new municipality. The foundation of the Hania Environmental Education Centre at the old school of Kefalas, by the county council is also along those lines for local development, assuming that its operations are fairly and properly distributed throughout the local villages.
  The status of Gavalohori and surrounding villages as protected areas, combined with the recent request to class Vamos as a traditional protected village, are considered to be advantages of the region. The Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works has characterised most other villages in the area as important and interesting, however, their actual protection is the responsibility of the new municipality.

This text is cited September 2004 from the Interkriti URL below.


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