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Chora Sfakion (Sfakia) in Crete

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Chora Sfakion (Hora Sfakion or Sfakia) is a peaceful tiny village with a small beach and pretty little natural harbour with fishing boats, overlooked by tiered houses, and tavernas which front the sea.

Chora Sfakion or Hora Sfakion

It is the central town for the region known as Sfakia, which is renowned for its proud and fierce people, whosehospitality is as large as their reputation. Sfakiots struggled to retaintheir freedom from the Venetian, Turkish and German occupations, throughout the centuries and with one look at this largely mountainous area on thesouth-west coast, you know it to be untameable. Thousands of troops were evacuated from here to North Africa after the Battle for Crete in 1941.

Ferry boats arrive and leave the harbour each day to go to other villages and towns along to the west, and late each afternoon, in the summer months, they start arriving with the weary walkers from the Samaria Gorge.

The walkers quickly go on their way, to once again let the village sink into its peaceful reverie.

 


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Chora Sfakion or Hora Sfakion Crete
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Chora Sfakion or Hora Sfakion Crete
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Chora Sfakion or Hora Sfakion Crete
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The village of Georgioupolis with it’s particulary beautiful setting between sea and mountain, is situated between the towns of Rethymno, a 30 minute journey by car and Chania which is a 45 minute drive away. This charming village with its long stretch of sandy beach and river running into the sea, was until recent times a sleepy little fishing village in an out of the way place.Over the past 20 years it has slowly grown into a very popular little holiday resort, with a wide range of tavernas, shops, cafes, boutiques and other tourist amenities. The beautiful countryside surrounding the village is ideal for those keen on walking, while the splendid sandy shore and relaxed sea side atmosphere make it ideal for beach lovers.
There is and excellent bus service in all directions and thus it is possible to go quite far afield, for example to Heraklion (90 min journey) or the south coast perhaps to visit Phaistos or Matala. An outing to Georgioupolis is also worthwhile. Closer to home there are interesting visits to be made to the old quarters of Chania and Rethymno.

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