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Gavalohori Chania

  • Gavalohori, Chania, Crete
  • Gavalohori, Chania, Crete

Gavalohori 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. About 3 kms from Gavalohori is the small village of Almyrida with its clear blue waters, and sandy beach.

Olive Press Cottage MH.T.E 1042K91002916701

As its name suggests, Olive Press Cottage was originally a traditional olive press, now transformed now into a traditional stone village house. The view from its courtyard over the village is superb and towards the White Mountains, covered with snow until May. Around the house are olive groves and flower beds.

One enters the cottage via large stone steps leading from the olive grove to a private courtyard with sun beds and the outdoor furniture. Olive Press, is typical of a traditional Cretan cottage with dining and sitting rooms an old fireplace and a double bed. Its kitchen is also fully equipped and there is also a WC/shower.A staircase of cypress wood leads to the upper floor and to the two bedrooms with double beds and ceiling fans overhead. One of the bedrooms has an extra single bed. Each bedroom has en suite WC/shower. Both bedrooms have air conditioning.

A private terrace offers an even more spectacular view than that from the courtyard.

This house can accommodate up to 6 guests. This beautiful cottage would be an ideal base for families wanting to experience Cretan village life, and the nearest sandy beach at Almyrida is just 15 minutes by car. This would particularly suit those who enjoy walking, wild flowers and discovering the many close by villages of the Apokoronas area.

Accommodation Details

One enters the cottage via large stone steps leading from the olive grove to a private courtyard with sun beds and the outdoor furniture. Olive Press, is typical of a traditional Cretan cottage with dining and sitting rooms an old fireplace and a double bed. Its kitchen is also fully equipped and there is also a WC/shower.A staircase of cypress wood leads to the upper floor and to the two bedrooms with double beds and ceiling fans overhead. One of the bedrooms has an extra single bed. Each bedroom has en suite WC/shower. Both bedrooms have air conditioning.

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