The 7 Villages Of Apokoronas Tour – Explore East Chania Mainland
- Learn about the Cretan way of life
- Greek coffee at a local “kafeneio”
- Unique hidden monasteries and churches en route
- Short walks and photo-stops at the villages of Apokoronas
- Visit a cheese factory and taste the local dairy products.
- Taste the local bread and cookies in a traditional bakery
- Lunch at a traditional “Kafeneio” (small “meze” restaurant)
- Explore the villages of Apokoronas through unique nature routes
This is a tour of the unique area of Apokoronas, the East province of Chania region. The purpose of this tour is to introduce the visitors of this island the pure side of the Cretan mainland. Tour around the villages, meet the locals, taste delicious local product and learn everything of Crete’s history, culture and traditions.Following a route through the nature and traditional Cretan villages you will arrive in Gavalochori village and visit the folklore museum of Apokoronas. The 7 rooms of it, will reveal everything about history, handcrafts and the everyday life of the people in the previous centuries.Leaving Gavalochori, driving towards Vrises village you will stop by a traditional distillery. You will discover the secrets of the local spirit “Tsikoudia” or “Raki” and learn everything about its production. First you will tour around the traditional part of the distillery and then the facilities of the modern one. Tasting is following combined with delicious local products. The village of Emprosneros is following to see the theatre “Mikis Thodorakis and the hidden church of St. Antony, built on the rock. The experience of Cretan cheese-making process follows.. You visit a cheese factory and taste the local “Graviera” “Mizithra” or “Anthotiros” cheese varieties. You will also taste some olive oil on warm bread, cookies and Cretan biscuits in the local bakery.After that you will enjoy lunch in a traditional “kafeneio” in Fres village, speaking with the locals and learning many things about the countryside way of life. You will have the chance to see the pure beauty and feel the real Crete around you. Apokoronas is one of the most historical places in Crete because of its people. This amazing province is waiting to reveal its secrets and ready to be explored by you!