is a breathtaking site in the south of Chania, 5 km from the
monastery of Chrysoskalitisa. It is an isolated area, ideal
for camping and excursions. Worth visiting is the beach, which
has a wonderful pinkish color, because of the innumerable
amount of conches found on the beach. The islet near the coast,
gives the impression of a lagoon. A visitor can walk there.
The water is shallow and hot. Avoid going there on weekends
and on holidays, if you want to enjoy the tranquility the
area has to offer. On Venetian maps the island is mentioned
as Scoglio Lafonisi. In the old days it was called Iousagora
and it is said that there was a sanctuary of Apollo. You can
get there by suburban bus service (KTEL) from Chania or by
car if you take the road towards Kastelli, exiting at sign
for Chrysoskalitisa. (80 km south-west of Chania). In the
summer, you can get there by boat from Paleochora.
is the most remote monastery in Crete,where people gather
only on August 15th, when monastery celebrates its name day.
The monastery is situated on the south western edge of Crete
on a slope enormous black boulders. Ninety steps lead to the
top of the rock and tradition has it that one of them is gold.
That's where it gets its name (Chrysoskalitisa in greek means,
golden step). In the surrounding area, you can also find rooms
for rent and some taverns. You can get there by suburban bus
service (KTEL) from Chania or by car , if you take the road
to Kastelli, exiting south bound to Chrysoskalitisa (95 km
south-west of Chania).