Hóra Sfakíon is a town on the south coast of Crete, Greece. It is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakiá, and is a small town of just 278 inhabitants (2001 census). It lies on the south coast near the end of the Imbros Gorge, 74 km south of Chania. It has two small harbours, where the ferry boats from Agia Roumeli dock, which in the summer bring the hikers from the Samaria Gorge to take buses back to the northern coast. From Hóra Sfakíon ferries also go to the nearby coastal town of Loutro and the island Gavdos.
Hóra Sfakíon is a small village with a main harbourfront of tavernas, two minimarkets, a butcher, and a bakery. There is a quiet local beach immediately west of the village, and several pebbly beaches nearby. Hóra Sfakíon has a variety of tourist accommodations: rooms, studios, and apartments. The local economy is based on tourism, fishing, olive-oil production, and sheep and goat herding.
Hóra Sfakíon prospered during the Venetian and Turkish occupations and up to the 18th century carried on a flourishing trade with its own small fleet. It was said to have had a hundred churches, but it suffered badly from wartime bombardment during the Battle of Crete and the Allied evacuation that followed.
Hóra Sfakíon is famous as one of the centers of resistance against the occupying forces of both the Venetians and the Turks. The impenetrable White Mountains to the north combined with the rocky beaches on the south helped the locals fight off all invaders. Anopolis, a village near Hóra Sfakíon, is the birthplace of one of the most celebrated Cretan revolutionaries, Daskalogiannis.
If you are staying in Chora Sfakion you can use it as a base for exploring the area.
The Sfakia district has much to offer both beach-lovers and sports enthusiasts.
There are wonderful paths for hiking and high peaks for climbing.
At the seaside you can enjoy fishing, scuba diving and of course swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea.
From Chora Sfakion you can take the boat to Loutro and Agia Roumeli.
From Agia Roumeli you can climb up to the mouth of the Samaria Gorge.
From Chora Sfakion it’s only a five-minute drive to Ilingas beach, where you can cool off in the blue sea and shelter from the sun in one of the caves on the beach.
Hiking in aradaina gorge Just after Ilingas is the start of the E4 path leading to Glyka Nera beach and on to Loutro.
From Chora Sfakion you can drive to Anopoli (12 kilometres) and Aradaina Bridge. In Anopoli you can try the delicious local meat or climb up to the church of Agia Aikaterini and enjoy the panoramic view of the Libyan Sea.
At Aradaina Bridge you’ll be impressed by the breathtaking sight of the 138-metre gorge under your feet.
Bungee-jumpers dive into the gulf in summer. Here, too, starts the path down Aradaina Gorge (photo) to Marmara beach, west of Loutro.
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