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Agia Roumeli, Chania Crete

Situated at the Southern coast of Crete at the exit of the Samaria Gorge, Aghia Roumeli is a small village with 120 permanent residents. The village is built on the site of the ancient town Tara, a well-known independent town flourishing during the Roman period.

The actual village is usually quiet enough, except in late spring and summer. In summer it is very crowded especially from the hikers of Samaria, but when the last boat has left, the small port, it regains its calmness and beauty.

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It is worth seeing the ruins of the Doric city Tara that flourished mostly during the Roman period. There have been found ruins of a temple, possibly dedicated to Apollo or Artemis.

It is also worth visiting the church of Virgin Mary, built on the ruins of the ancient temple dedicated to Apollo and Artemis (Diana) and the ruins of the castle on a hill close to the village.

At a distance of one hour’s walking, following the path, there is the Byzantine monastery of Aghios Pavlos, at the homonymous beach.

For those choosing to stay in Aghia Roumeli, or for whoever is too tired to move around after the 6 – 7 hours hiking in the Samaria gorge, accommodation is available, as well as some taverns and cafes for food and drink.

Access to the village is possible only by boat from Chora Sfakion, Palaeochora, Sougia and Loutro; you may also arrive to the village on foot, hiking in the Samaria gorge, from the Omalos plateau; every year, thousands of people choose this way to reach Aghia Roumeli. And, if you are fit enough, you may choose to reach it walking from Chora Sfakion of Palaeochora, following the European path E4. 
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