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Apokoronas is a mostly mountainous region east of Chania that consists of five municipalities, Armenous, Georgioupolis, Vamos, Kryonerida and Fres and one community, Asi Gonia with a total population of 12.623 inhabitants. It includes 75 beautiful villages in total. Its geographical position is very important since it constitutes a bridge between Chania and the rest municipalities of Crete. Apokoronas includes two capes, that of Souda and that of Drepanon. Most of Apokoronas is covered by The White Mountains and six rivers go through it.

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Popular areas in Apokoronas

There are many highlights in the Apokoronas region. Since it is a mountainous area its beautiful gorges (Dictamos, St. George and Asi Gonia) would be the main attraction for visitors who love green paths of nature and hiking.

A nearby area which is of great historical interest in the Ancient Aptera, one of the most significant city-states of Crete of the past, above Souda bay with amazing panoramic views. Do not miss a chance to visit its ancient theatre and ruins.

Things to do in Apokoronas

If you are a nature lover, Apokoronas will open up many trekking paths for you in the beautiful green. In Apokoronas you will find stunning gorges, such as Dictamos gorge, St Nicolas gorge, and Asi Gonia gorge. Within these gorges, you will find 213 caves of historical and environmental value, worth exploring.

If you already missed the blue of the sea, Obros Gialos beach in Vamos with turquoise waters is will give you the finest Crete has to offer in a very unique setting with great color contrasts. Do not miss the sunset from Agios Nikolaos chapel, found in Georgioupolis. It will be an unforgettable image.

As a whole, Apokoronas with its many villages offers great gastronomical journeys. Crete is famous for its traditional cuisine found in villages, with organic ingredients and recipes rooted in the past.

Family fun in Apokoronas

Enjoy a day at Kournas Lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete. Set in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis it will be fun for children and adults to ride a pedalo around the lake, swim in its shallow waters and have a coffee or a meal in the nearby cafe-restaurants on the shore. Kournas Lake is the ideal place for an afternoon walk or a day trip nearby since the light has a playful effect on the colors of the water.

Another great option would be to visit the blown glass factory in Kokkino Chorio and observe the art of glassmaking by local craftsmen, a truly majestic sight. You can combine this visit with the World War 2 German Bunkers found in the region.

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