Apokoronas Prefecture - for many, the most beautiful area of Crete- is well known for its hospitable inhabitants, its beautiful traditional villages and the unique natural beauty. It is worth visiting all of them, since each one has its own particular colour, traditions, folkways and history. Stylos, Neo Chorio, Armeni, Kalives, Plaka, Gavalochori, Kefalas, Vamos, Pemonia, Paidochori, Exopoli, Kalamitsi, Fylaki, Vrysses, Vafes, Argyroupoli, only to name a few.
The closest beach to our propery is Kalyves, located at a distance of 10 km, while you may also visit the nearby beaches of Almyrida and Kyani Akti, all with crystal clear blue water and awarded with blue flags. If you like, or you want to try diving, you are again close to the right place, as you can be one of the few lucky ones who will be able to visit the unique beauty underwater cave of elephants. Alternatively, you may visit Georgioupolis with the km long beach, marvel its biotope and the unique Kournas lake at the same area. Visiting the evergreen Stylos valley with the famous springs, the Kiliaris river and Argiroupoli's water falls, is another way to keep you cool and excited for a whole day. Samonas cave and the monumental minoan aged olive trees or ancient city of Aptera and Itzedin castle are only few walking or driving minutes away from our villas.
And what if you prefer the mountains? There are also many trails to follow and interesting villages to visit. Ramni, Kares, Macheri, Kampi, Katohori, Fres, Tzitzifes, Embrosneros, Asi Gonia, all with typical and authentic Cretan atmosphere. It would be extremely interesting to visit the stone-built, igloo shaped, summer shelters of local shepherds at Kares. But it will be also an adventured experience to drive at Volikas refuge, or St. Modestos at Pryhro Pigadi and from there to walk deeper and higher in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) from where you will have an exceptional panoramic view to the whole north-west Crete. May Samaria gorge is the most famous, but Diktamos gorge close to our property is one of the most green and easy to walk through. Around the whole prefecture of Apokoronas you will come across hospitable coffee houses and beautiful small taverns with traditional Cretan cuisine. Very often you will be invited for a raki from the locals. Do not refuse it and do not miss this opportunity to know them better.
No matter your age or your interests, at Samonas Traditional Villas and in Crete generally, you will have the chance to get unique experiences during the whole year. Our villas are close to mountains of extreme natural beauty with rare kinds of flora. Every tourist has the ability to approach these beauties, if he wishes, either by car, on foot or by bicycle provided free here. Treking or hiking the cretan mountains with our experienced guide can be the highlight of your vacation.
It is also very easy for somebody to visit nearby beaches (10 minutes by car), caves, gorges, other traditional villages and archaeological sites, but also Chania, the capital city. The strategic position of Samonas, on a hill between mountains and the sea and near the national road, offers the ability to the visitor to get at both, as well as the West and the East site of the island, but also the North and the South. No matter your choice eventually, the only thing certain is that you will be delighted with all your senses. We wish its recollection will bring you back soon to Crete and to Samonas.
Stay at Samonas Traditional Villas and feel the real Crete with all your senses.