Apokoronas,Chania, Crete, Greece
Almirida, a small fishing village, lies along the east of the Souda Bay opposite the cape of Akrotiri, within 25 kilometers from the Chania.
The surrounding area, with picturesque villages, lovely beaches, and historical sites consists one of the most worth to visit areas in the island of Crete. Kera, Plaka, Kambia, and Kokkino Horio are some of the most renowned and unforgettable places to the numerous friends of Almirida.
The area has been just developed the last eight years, in a way that the traditional characteristics which attract the most demanding guests remainedunspoilt.
Historically, it introduces great interest. The whole area used to be a colony of the ancient Foinikes, a place named Finika exists in the area, while some ancient ruins and tombs of the time were unearthed there.
At the entrance of Almirida archaeologists discovered Mosaic and tombs which belong to the Royal Church rhythm of the 5th century A.D. Here the last battle between the Greek revolutionaries and the Turks in 1896 took place.
There are a lot of places of interest which guests can visit: like the "Diktamo Gorge" and the "gorge of Saint Nikolas" and the 215 caves scattered in the area.
In the bay of Almirida is the islet "Karga", ideal for a small sea trip, fishing and relax, while some remnants of ancient walls as well as tunnel from the second world war are worth to see. The islet is also a refuge for migratory and endemic birds.Kokkino Horio a village where the famous film "ZORBAS" based on the novel of Nikos Kazantzakis the Cretan writer, was filmed stands in a small distance from Almirida. Another point of attraction is the small factory which produces items from "blown glass", located also at Kokkino Horio
A little further from Plaka to the south is the picturesque village "Kambia", with traditional houses, flowery yards and the small chapel of "Aghios Nikitas". A local festival is organized every year at September 15 to celebrate the Saint's name day.
At Kambia you will find an exhibition with the work of the well known painter Santorinakis, who has a special technique of painting on mirrors.
Plaka is the biggest village in the area with 250 permanent inhabitants, occupying mostly with farming, cattle breeding, and fishing and lately with tourism.
The visitor can admire here a magical sunset, as well as many other attractions like the natural sea caves (nerospilia), the old houses, the narrow stone paved streets and will enjoy the July festival "Plakiana", in honor of the Cretan lyra player Mihalis Papadakis, where many old local customs are brought to life.
Almirida has been characterized (by the authorities) as a place of great natural beauty and thus all efforts are made to preserve the authenticity of it.The climate due to the ever present olive trees which go as far as the beach and the Lefka Ori mountain range is temperate considered to be one of the healthiest in the whole world!