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Visitors will find themselves on the plateau as they cross the White Mountains from Chania or Rethymnon on the way to Chora Sfakion, the southern beaches accessible by ferry and Frangokastello.
On the plateau explore:
Whilst in the region, be sure to try the local speciality – Sfakian pies – these are made with the fresh, local mizithra cheese and lashings of mountain honey.
Hikers and walkers will find plenty of mountain paths including the European Walking Path E4, which passes by here.
This walking path crosses the whole of the island of Crete, from the west to the east, following a total of 320 km of local walking paths, covering some of the most scenic and remote parts of the island.
After visiting the plateau, head south to Imbros village at the edge of the gorge then travel by curvy mountain roads to Chora Sfakion, the distance from Kares to Chora Sfakion is 23 km.
Those more adventurous may wish to explore further to the plateau of Kallikratis and its small village. Perhaps visit with Babis and Janina at Wild Herbs of Crete (below). Call first because they might not be in that village at the time of your visit.
There is plenty of hiking in and around the plateau:
South of Askifou Plateau is Imbros Gorge. This rocky canyon has a walking trail that is open all year round. Take around 2.5 hours to walk 8 km one way, starting in the village of Imbros and ending in the village of Komitades.
Imbros Gorge Hike - with an experienced guide drive across the White Mountains then take the hike to the Libyan Sea. During your descent you will see the extraordinary rock formations and famous locations such as the Stenada, Mesofarango, and Xepitira Arch. Relax and swim, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch, then return by bus. 9-11 hours
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Panorama Askifou is a villa located in the village of Kares on the plateau. With sweeping views over the plateau and the mountains and lovely comfortable accommodation. Here also is a local taverna where you can experience the Sfakian cuisine especially the Sfakian pies and fresh mountain cheeses. Choose from a studio room, double, triple or quadruple room. Here the Lentaris brothers will look after you.
Villa Askifou is located in Goni village and offers magical views across the valley. This traditional Cretan home will give you a real experience of the culture and history of the island whilst offering all modern comforts. This is a 6 bedroom villa sleeping 14 adults and 4 children. Enjoy the private pool. Yianni will look after you.
Villa Skyphos in Petres village is modern and stylish with a pool and outdoor areas, again taking in the wide mountain and plateau views. The villa sleeps 6 adults and 2 children in 3 rooms. Angeliki speaks Greek, English and German and will show you wonderful hospitality.
Villa Archontiko offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sweeping views and a full kitchen including an outdoor BBQ and pizza oven. Welcoming 8 guests in comfort, the villa is near the village of Kares on Askifou Plateau, relax within walking distance of 3 tavernas.
In the region of Chania, there is just so much nature to explore:
There are great beaches nearby to explore:
And further in the west of Chania, some extraordinary places:
Enjoy the Old Town of Chania on your way to Askifou - we recommend staying within the walls of the historic town to soak up the atmosphere.
While you are in Chania explore:
Thodoris Athitakis has shared his love of his village with these videos:
Jeannette shares some beautiful images of the mountains and the plateau here:
Or take a 9 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Chania port.
The area can be reached by a comfortable drive 50 km from Chania town. Leaving Chania you pass through Vrysses then turn south. Visitors may arrive here on the way to Sfakia, Frangokastello or Loutro Crete, or perhaps Imbros Gorge.
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