Fill up on Cretan authenticity in the villages of Chania

It doesn’t matter how well you think you know Greece, if you haven’t visited the Apokoronas villages of Chania, you haven’t experienced Crete at its traditional best.

Village-hopping in Chania, Crete

You’ll immediately know you’ve looked into the soul of Crete when you visit the villages of Chania. And nowhere more so than in the Apokoronas villages, a collection of 34 settlements either by the coast or in the valleys of the legendary White Mountains.

So close to the city of Chania that you’ll be astonished how completely they’ve kept their traditional ways, the villages radiate all the authenticity of this proud region of Crete.
The changing scenery of each season still determines the flow of daily life in Crete’s villages, where smiling locals greet you as if they’ve known you forever.

If you come at the right time of year, you’ll witness olive groves and vineyards in bloom or full of the collective energy of harvest. You can even visit olive presses still powered by watermill.

And how about visiting a distillery that creates the local firewater (raki) that fuels the endless banter of the locals? It’s this love of life they so much want to share with you.