Chora Sfakion - a place of special qualities
Chora Sfakion, Crete (commonly called Sfakia) is a characteristic traditional village of about 300 inhabitants. Shepherds can still be seen in local dress and you can hear strains of traditional rhyming couplets "mandinades" sung by village men.
Sfakia offers a variety of facilities: rooms, cafes, restaurants, mini markets, a bakery, a post office, taxi and taxi boat services, and a car rental office. There is no commercial bank, although you can exchange money and travellers’ cheques, and some businesses accept credit cards.
The sea and the beaches are very clean in the Sfakia area. There is a large beach in one of the bays of the village, as well as several other beaches within walking distance. Chora Sfakion has its own mountain spring from which it takes its water supply. Sfakia is dotted with a very large number of lovely small white churches and many of the older houses in the area are of traditional architectural style with large stone arches.
The weather in Sfakia is almost always better than that on the north coast of Crete, as it is separated from the north by the White Mountains and is only 200 miles from Africa.
Although Sfakia was very isolated in earlier days, it is now readily accessible from the north coast by car and public transportation. Chora Sfakion is perfectly situated for day trips into the nearby mountains or along the coast by boat. A wonderful selection of long and short hikes starts from the village along old shepherds’ paths and through the many nearby gorges. Spring and autumn are ideal periods for such activities.
The area is also very good for bird watching, especially the largest birds of prey in Europe in the mountains and migrating birds in spring time. Throughout the year a great variety of wonderful mountain flowers can be admired and every June the area is coloured purple by thyme.
If you just want to relax, Chora Sfakion is the place to be throughout the year with its friendly people and its wonderful panoramas. Many visitors return to Sfakia year after year, often for many weeks, to enjoy its varied and special qualities. It’s what many frequenters call the magic of Sfakia.
Chora Sfakion Map
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