Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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Gavalohori is a very traditional village and it has great historical importance in this area. There are buildings still remaining from Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish eras, and artefacts have also been found in the area from Neolithic and Minoan Times. Many of these wonderful artefacts are now housed in the Historical and Folklore Museum which is located on one of the village’s narrow streets. On the outskirts of the village there is a lovely picnic area beneath a thicket of shady trees and next to some Venetian Wells. The village square is still very much the focal point of village life. The main kafenion/taverna is a beautifully renovated stone building which is run by the very friendly Giorgos and Monica Papatheofilo. The food and desserts here are delicious and the prices are low. Sitting under the kafenion’s shady mulberry trees and watching the world go by, is a favourite past time for both locals and visitors alike. The friendly locals sit here in the evenings playing tavli (backgammon). On the opposite side of the square there is the Women’s Craft Co-operative which is trying to keep traditional handicrafts alive by making and selling products such as pottery, throws, lace. And herbs.  In the village you can also find 2 more tavernas, 2 mini markets, 2 cafés souvlaki shops, a dessert cafe, and a bakery. Conveniently located only 4kms from the sandy beach at Almyrida, 3 kms from Vamos, and 10 minutes drive from Kalives and the National Highway. Depending on where you are in the village, there are lovely views of Souda Bay and / or the White Mountains.


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