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.
Map & Distances
26 Kilometers West-northwest (WNW) the prefectural capital CHANIA