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Prefecture of Chania

Chaniá lies on the western side of the island it is a district with a fertile vegetation idyllic bays and beaches, high mountains, and charming villages ,Georgioupoli, Kastelli, Paeochora, Chora Sfakion. The beautiful and well known beach of Elafonssi with the island, which is also called Greece’s Maldives because of the crystal clear blue waters and its beautiful surroundings. Here lies the well known monastery Chrissokalitisa it is reputed to have a golden step on the stairway and those whom are pure of heart and free from sin can see the golden step.

Lefka Ori (the White Mountain) 2453 metres high, the mountain rises a few kilometres from the north coast and stretches over to the south side of the island. Her lies the famous Samaria ravine which is Europe’s longest ravine. Towards the peninsula Akortiri lies the well known Souda bay, Greece’s largest natural harbour. Here is the main base for the Greek navy on the island. Also there is a ferry connection to the mainland (Athens). West of Chania is Kissamos bay which was a important harbour in the pre-roman times. The area is also well known for its good wines.


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