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Sfakia, Chania Crete

Situated 72 kilometers far from Chania, at the Southeast, Chora Sfakion is a small village with 278 permanent residents. The village is historic for the intense desire of its people for freedom and their struggle against various conquerors. It is considered as one of the most traditional villages of Crete, with elderly people still insisting on wearing the traditional costumes and keeping firmly the traditions of freedom, honor, hospitality and friendship but also of revenge. Of course, the invasion of tourism and the development of transport has somehow “smoothened” the strict customs of the past, but Sfakia, as the village is commonly called, is still known as the birthplace of the firm, honest and brave man.

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The old village is built at the hillside above the coast. It is here that boats bring from Aghia Roumeli the hikers of the Samaria gorge, to catch the bus to Chania.

The Byzantine churches of Panaghia Thymiani and Aghioi Apostoloi are worth seeing in the village.

But what is most of all worth seeing is the wild landscape; it is worth a visit to the cave of Daskalogiannis (one of the most famous Cretan heroes of the period of the Ottoman domination), accessible only by boat. The villages Komitades and Loutro (the latter with access only from the sea) are interesting for their view to the Libyan sea, the good traditional food and the scenic landscape. It is also worth driving the difficult road from Chora Sfakion to Anopoli, just to enjoy the fascinating natural environment.

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A local feast (“panighyri”) takes place on last Sunday of May, in honor of the Virgin Mary (Panaghia Thymiani).

Various cultural activities are organised in summer.

Accommodation in hotels and rooms to let is available as well as food and drink at the taverns and the traditional cafes of the village.

Access is possible by public bus, as well as by private and rented car or motorbike. The village is also connected by boat with Loutro, Sougia, Palaeochora, Aghia Roumeli, Elafonissos and Gavdos. 
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