Activities

Imbros Gorge

The big Imbros gorge is located in Sfakia. It's one of the deepest and narrowest gorges in Crete. It is situated south of Imbros village, at Askyfou's plateau and it ends 5km further, at Komitades village which is near Fragokastelo's beach.

The walls are 300m high and it's width does not exceed 2m at certain points. It's easy to cross all year long, but extra caution is needed during autumn and spring. It takes about 3 hours to get to Komitades village.

Whilst at the beginning of the gorge land is denuded, the gorge's walls gradually get higher, the landscape changes and becomes more and more fascinating. Oaks and oleanders grow between the rocks while the bottom is more wooded, full of pine trees, oaks and plane trees.

Just around half way of the gorge, the scenery changes again. The walls get near to each other (around 2-3 meters) giving the impression that you go through a natural tunnel. From this point on and for several meters longer, the scenery is notably imposing. At it's ending the gorge quiets, to end up in a stream right next to Komitades village.

Kouledes

The Askyfou valley ( about 50km south of Chania ) is located in a strategical position as it is right on the middle of Sfakian coasts to north coasts of Crete.

Sfakia has always given birth to great rebels and the Turks had always wanted to control them. So, in the Cretan Rebellion at 1866 they started to build "kouledes" ( which means small castles ) at Sfakia's points of more interest.

Two of these kouledes are located at Askyfou's valley, close to Goni village. Unfortunately, they are half-ruined and they are not restored yet. They were built very close, at a high hill located in the tableland and they have panoramic view of the valley and the mountains.

Tavri

A little further western of Askyfou valley, two smaller tablelands are formed and they are of ineffable natural beauty. The first tableland to see which starts at Askyfou, is named Tavri, while the second one is named Niato. At Tavri you can have a wonderful view of the castle's peak at 2215 meters height.

Fragokastelo

Fragokastelo is a medieval castle located at Crete's south coast, approximately 12km eastern of Chora Sfakion, at Chania's county. It's one of the most significant sights of the area and is famous due to a phenomenon named Drosoulites. The term "Drosoulites" is known for an optical phenomenon that is observed around Fragokastelo at the area of Sfakia, on southern Crete. It's an annual phenomenon that is observed from May to June around the early morning hours and it's about moving shadows around Fragokastelo's valley. They were named after the morning moist ( drosia ).

According to the tradition, they are connected to a deadly battle between the rebelling locals and a Turkish military crew, in May, 1828. Scientific studies suggest that this phenomenon is due to mirage that is observed around the castle during the end period of Spring.

Illigas

The Illigas beach is located at Illigas' ( or Kavis ) gorge ending, 2km eastern of Chora Sfakion. You can drive your way here. The Illigas beach is the first one to meet if you follow the road that connects Chora Sfakion to Anopoli village. The distinctive things about Illigas beach are the turquoise waters, the thin and thick shingles and the coast caves.