Holidays to Horafakia take you to a tranquil Cretan village that offers tavernas, kafenions and country walks. For back-up, cosmopolitan Chania Town is just down the road.
A piece of traditional Crete
Up in north-western Crete is the idyllic little village of Horafakia. This peaceful spot is bygone Crete in a nutshell. There are traditional tavernas, a family-run bakery and quiet white-sand beaches just a short amble away at Tersanas Bay. It’s set in rugged countryside so it feels completely cut off from everything – but actually the bustling Chania is just 20-minutes’ drive away.
A trio of white sand beaches
Tersanas Bay is 15 minutes’ walk from the village centre. It has fine white sand and turquoise waters – plus lots of sunloungers and umbrellas for hire. For a change of scene, there’s a similar beach about 20 minutes’ walk away at Kalathas. Or for a bit of Hollywood, the sandy Stavros Beach was where Zorba the Greek was filmed. It’s just 5 minutes’ drive away and has a couple of tavernas.
Daytrips to Chania
A trip to lively Chania Town is the perfect foil to Horafakia’s idyllic sleepiness. The town seems to revolve around the huge Venetian harbour – right next to it is a 17th-century fortress and a lighthouse that sticks out to sea. There’s also a Medieval old town to explore. Buildings date back to the 16th-century, with the St Rocco church a bit of a highlight. Nearby are narrow old lanes lined with the town’s artisan workshops.
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