CRETE, the largest of all the Greek islands, a place of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest. The birth place of Zeus -father of Gods, Minos-King of Knossos, Nearchus-Admiral of the Fleet of Alexander the Great. It was on this island that Europa was born and lived till her abduction by the winged-bull Zeus. It is also the island of Kazantzakis the author of Zorba the Greek and Domenico Theotokopoulos ( El Greco) as well as many others…
Thousands of years of history unfolds before the eyes of the visitor in places like Knossos, Phaestos, Lato, Eleftherna, Aptera, Zakros, Malia, Gortys, Lissos, Elyros and many others .
A place of proud people, famously hospitable and free spirited. Crete offers everything: Clear seas, mountains, proud not only of their beauty but also of the history they carry upon their shoulders, gorges and rivers, fertile plains, green woods and olive trees giving for centuries the juice of their fruit.
Gavalochori, is a traditional village awarded protected status. It nestles in a valley amongst hills covered with cypress, carob, and olive trees in the Apokoronas region about 25kms south east of Hania. Its history, and its name, go back to the 11 th -12 th centuries (1080 to 1181 A.D.), when the Byzantine general Philippos Gavalas was ordered by the Emperor of Byzantium to settle there. The evidence of its history is still visible in its many old houses, some of which have being lovingly and tastefully restored by their owners.
Gavalohori is now a magnet for Greek and foreign visitors, interested in a really relaxing vacation away from the noise of overcrowded resorts, in an environment of natural beauty and close to the everyday life of a village.
In the Folk Museum of the village, a perfect example of the local traditional architecture, many traditional household artifacts, silk, pottery, guns, coins, hand carved items from old churches, icons and numerous other objects are displayed together with the renowned special lace (kopaneli), a rare lace similar to that which can be found in the city of Bruges in Belgium and in Venice.
The Venetian wells with their stone vault like covers which once supplied the village with water, now only supply the sheep and goats of the few remaining shepherds of the area.
Tavernas, coffee shops, a bakery, and mini-market are there to serve the visitors.
Gavalohori is perfectly situated for exploring any part of Crete : Knossos , Sfakia, Frangokastello, Loutro, Faestos, Askyfou, the Samaria Gorge, Omalos, Lissos, Falassarna, Elaphonissi, Elyros, Preveli and many more. The "night life" of Hania and Rethymnon are also within easy reach.
About 3 kms from Gavalohori is the small village of Almyrida with its clear blue waters, and sandy beach (every year Almyrida is awarded the "Blue Flag" by E.U. proof of the cleanliness of its waters and the quality of services in the area). Here one can find tavernas serving superb dishes - ideal for those who want to try the renowned, unrivalled and scientifically recommended “Cretan Diet". Simply, the ideal place for a vacation.