The region of Sfakiá, with its main village Chóra Sfakíon, is a very special part of Crete in the southwest of the island nestled at the foot of the breathtaking White Mountains. The harsh and dramatic landscape of this area is softened by olive trees, tamarisk trees, pines and the musical chimes of sheep and goat bells.
Sfakiá, lapped by the Libyan Sea, is perhaps the most pristine region of Crete. This untamed nature has instilled a hardy spirit in those that make this rugged place their home; yet a generous people, whose hospitality is proverbial.
Welcome to Chóra Sfakíon,
where the White Mountains meet the turquoise-blue Libyan Sea,
where a pleasantly pleasant island climate invites us and the Cretan hospitality benevolently surrounds us,
where the soul can find a home in its yearning for peace and strength,
where we leave the everyday life behind for a while and breathe in the shade of the olive trees and breathe deeply and resonate with the rhythm of the place and the island.
Human & Nature
Chóra Sfakíon is a typical traditional village with 265 inhabitants. In the heart of the village is a small, central fishing port, around which numerous cafes and taverns provide excellent service.
The special atmosphere and nature of the Sfakiá are also clearly reflected in their fauna. Sheep, goats, eagles and griffon vultures characterise the image of the mountains and gorges. For many years, these gorges, which gave the region its name (Sfakiá = the rugged), were the only way that connected the mountain villages with valley and sea.
360° of Chora Sfakion
Together we time travel on our extended walk, that takes us through all four neighbourhoods of Chora Sfakion. Starting in the lively neighbourhood around Chora Sfakion’s old harbour we very soon reconnoitre narrow alleys and lonesome churchyards as we continue our walk through the village.
Retracing many years of history we will not only hear about Chora Sfakion’s present and past but will also immerse ourselves into the many legends that entwine Chora Sfakion.
Guided mindfulness exercises will facilitate a moment-by-moment nurturing awareness and expand your peripheral vision. We discover hidden places of beauty along the way and relish the powerful nature of Sfakia that narrates tales of freedom and bygone times. Conscious stopping along the way will bring us into the present moment and deepen our connection to our surroundings. Savouring silence will relax our body and calm our spirit.