Holidays to Horafakia take you to a tranquil Cretan village that majors in tavernas, kafenions and countryside walks. For back-up, cosmopolitan Chania Town is just down the road.
A piece of traditional Crete
You'll find the idyllic little village of Horafakia up in north-western Crete. 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. That said, bustling Chania is just a 20-minute drive away.
A trio of white sand beaches
Tersanas Bay is 15 minutes’ walk from the village centre. Here, fine white sand meets turquoise waters, and there are 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 taste of Hollywood, head to sandy Stavros Beach – Zorba the Greek was filmed on this very sand. It’s just five minutes’ drive away and comes with a couple of tavernas.
Daytrips to Chania
A trip to lively Chania Town is the perfect foil to Horafakia’s 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, and the St Rocco Church is a must-see highlight. Nearby, you'll find narrow lanes lined with artisan workshops.
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