3. Explore Pure Chania: Untouched Villages of Crete
This tour takes you to one of the most desolate villages of Chania, near the region of Sfakia on South Crete: Want to discover life in Crete in its purest form? This tour is for you! We start our journey from our starting point and bypassing many romantic villages, valleys and dizzy roads we start to head South. We make our first break in a traditional village of Extreme beauty with rivers passing through it, and we make a stop to enjoy traditional organic sheep yoghurt with Cretan Honey by the riverside. We continue our journey heading South, where we stop at a Medieval Castle, a Chateau dating back to the Ottoman Empire, where we learn about the Ottoman Rule in Crete, the good things that we took from the Ottomans, and the bad things that held us back from the European Developments. We continue heading South, where the scenery drastically changes and becomes desolate – almost like a desert, due to the White Mountains of Crete! This is an excellent opportunity to talk about the climate of Crete, and take some breathtaking photos too! Finally, we reach the port town of Sfakia, where we can swim, in crystal clear waters of the South Cretan Sea and enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch in the authentic beachfront taverns overlooking the sea. We continue ascending to Anopolis Village, where we meet hospitable people, authentic Cretans of a past era and can wander around the lovely village square. As we progress in an ascending manner, the village of Saint John arises – eerily beautiful and with less than 10 inhabitants, we can explore the village, the absolutely stunning views of the South Cretan Sea and the island of Gavdos. A Coffee break to the one (and only!) traditional “kafeneion” is mandatory for the full experience! On the way back, we stop at the Gorge of Aradaina, with its astonishing wooden bridge. We stand in awe at the 150m height of the Gorge beneath us, while we see the courageous visitors do Bungee Jumping on this bridge! As we are heading home, we stop at local bakeries in order to get supplied with Traditional Cretan Rusks (Sweet or Plain) for a perfect Souvenir from Chania!