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The port town of Souda is 7 km east of Hania with a population of about 6,500. Located on the southern side of a large gulf created by the Akrotiri peninsula, it is considered to be the largest natural safe harbour of the Mediterranean Sea. The small islet located at the mouth of the gulf creating a natural breakwater for stormy seas. The Port has regular sailings to and from Piraeus as well as other routes.
There are many sights to be seen at Souda one of which is the fort, built by the Venetians in 1205 to protect the area from pirate invasions. The archaeological site of Aptera is only 10 km away and the British War Cemetery is located in the centre of the bay.
The small picturesque seaside village of Kalives is located at the entrance to the gulf of Souda, 20 km from Hania. Its name is believed to have originated from the Arabs who invaded the area in 828 and built huts to live in.
The village is split in two by the Xydes River flowing through it to the sea, a source of freshness in the hot summer.
The small resort town of Georgioupoli is located 37 km east of Hania. The town is built on the banks of the Almyrou River in a verdant environment and close by are the ruins of the ancient town Amfimala.
The sandy beach is 10 km long and offers a variety of organised sea sports.
The village of Kournas is located on the borders between Hania and Rethymnon Prefectures at the lower reaches of the Lefka Ori mountain range.
The village is about 45 km from Hania and overlooking the largest natural lake of the island surrounded by green countryside. Swimming is permitted in the lake.
Platanias is a seaside resort village on the north coast 11 km from Hania. The long sandy beach is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Hora Sfakion is located 75 km south east of Hania on the southern coastline, a small village with a rich and colourful history and tradition. Famed as the birthplace brave warriors, this has been underlined even in recent history as the German occupying forces were never able to enter and control this community.
The area has a wild natural beauty with the gorges of Samaria, Imbros, Aradenas in close proximity. There is a 15/16th century fort, the Monastery of the Thymniani Madonna and the Daskaloyianni Cave, which can only be reached by kayak.
The fishing village of Paleohora has recently become a popular seaside resort located on the south coast of Crete 74 km from Hania.
Historically the village is built upon the ruins of the ancient town of Kalamidi. The ruins of the Venetian Selino Castelli extend into the Libyan Sea. The village has a sandy beach with crystal clear waters within an exotic environment.
The island of Gavdos is the most southern point of Europe and is 22 nautical miles south of Hora Sfakion. The island has a rich historical past due to its strategic position in the Libyan Sea.
In recent years it has become a popular destination for visitors wishing to enjoy its natural beauty and golden sandy beaches. Access is by boat from Hora Sfakion, Paleohora or Agia Roumeli.
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