Villa Prinolithos - Villa Armonia

Papaderakis Antonis - Doxaki Anna


Gavalohori village
Chania, 73008
Crete, Greece
Tel: +30 28210 73394


  • Visit the well-known beach of Falassarna (North West Crete). At this incredibly long beach with cool and deep waters you will also find paragliding, windsurfing, kite surfing and other watersports.
  • Visit the lagoon like beach of Elafonisos and stop at the Cave of Agia Sofia and the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa along the way (South West Crete).
  • Balos lagoon and Gramvousa islet- a full day trip (take a ferry, available daily, from the port of Kissamos). For more information have a look at:
  • Visit the centre of Chania as well as the must-see old Venetian harbor and town. Some of the more popular places there are the Naval Museum, the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Museum, the Archaeological museum, the Turkish mosque (which now functions as an arts exhibit hall), the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, the Jewish Synagogue and Halidon Street (the most famous street of the old town).
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Polyrinia (just 6 kilometers south of Kissamos). Polyrinia is considered to be the oldest city that the Dorians built in Crete (following the Minoan Period) and the Archaeological Museum of Kissamos housed in a Venetian-Turkish monument.
  • Samaria gorge -This is the well-known gorge of Samaria, where thousands of visitors come to Crete and hike this gorge. This is a 16km (mainly downhill) hike - a whole day event. You can do it on your own by use of the local bus service from Chania central bus station or by organized tour (ask us while you are staying with us).
  • Therisso gorge:This is a unique gorge as it is one that you drive through to reach the historical village of Therisso where there are several taverns and a resistance museum.
  • Explore the Akrotiri peninsula: Monastery of Agia Triada - Gouverneto Monastery - Eleftherios Venizelos Graves (historical site) from Souda (port of Chania) drive towards the airport. Visit the Monastery of Agia Triada and then the Gouverneto Monastery. On your way back towards Chania stop at the Eleftherios Venizelos Graves - a historical site with wonderful views to the old Venetian harbor of Chania. Also there you will find a choice 3 coffee shops for you to enjoy.
  • Aptera archaeological site -This small archaeological site (ancient Greco-Roman city) is well worth a visit. From here there are wonderful sea views to the port of Chania (Souda) and the Akrotiri peninsula.
  • Itzedin Castle: A Turkish castle, built in the 19th Century. Also known as the Kalami fort.
  • Traditional villages nearby -Vamos, Vrisses, Armenoi, Samonas, Kokkino Horio, Kefalas, Fres, Maheri. These are just some of the small traditional villages that will give you a taste of rural traditional Crete.
  • Nearby beaches -Almirida (a small sandy beach, fairly shallow water), Kera (pebble, beach, quiet and tiny), Kalives (with 2 sandy beaches, one in the village and a quieter one to the west of the village), Kiani Akti (a quiet beach west of Kalives with cooler waters), Georgioupolis (sandy, 9km long, can have strong currents).
  • Nearby churches & chapels -Agios Nikolaos in Maza village, Panagia in Alikambos village, Agios Ioannis in Stylos village, Agios Nikolaos in Kyriokosalia village.
  • Lake Kournas -The only freshwater lake in Crete! A good small trip to take with the family to enjoy the wonderful views to the mountains, lake and the sea. Walk around the lake, paddle-boat, feed the ducks and have a snack/lunch at one of several cafes/taverns.
  • Imbros gorge -A short and easy hike (about 8km) that originates from the last houses of the village and ends at Komitades village. A guide is not needed. Once at Komitades village you can take a taxi back to your car (or if you are up to it, hike all the way back).
  • Hora Sfakion - Frangokastello - Plakias - Myrthios - Rethymno. Drive down south to Hora Sfakionand either take the ferry to Loutro or Agia Roumeli (see ferry schedules at: or continue on from Chora Sfakion for a further 12 kilometers to Frangokastello (see the castle on the beach) and onto the large coastal village of Plakias. From there drive up to the inland village of Myrthios (for a traditional Cretan lunch at any of the taverns with panoramic sea views) and then onto Rethymno. From there you can easily get to the New National Road (heading west to 'Chania') to get back to Villa Prinolithos.
  • Visist Knossos and the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion.  A day trip to Heraklion for more culture and history!
© Villa Prinolithos, 2012