Agios Apostoloi

 

Just 4 km west of Chania there is the area of Agios Apostoloi, well-known for its beautiful sandy beaches. Many locals swim here all year round. Apart from the beaches, there are many possibilities for outdoor activities like mountain biking, jogging, beach volleyball and of course, walking.

An easy walk, which is suitable for families with children as well, starts and the end of the Chrissi Akti beach. A short climb will take you up through a beautiful trail. On the top you can see the city of Chania on your right. Follow the coastline towards the west. There are many trails to choose from and when you walk with your children, let them choose the trails. It is an adventure for them and you can not get lost here anyway. The area is relatively small and all trails will lead you back to the beach road.

 

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It is very nice to walk the trail along the coastline, there is always a pleasant breeze. On a warm day there is plenty of shaded trails to choose from since more inland there are lots of pine trees. All trails will take you eventually to the lovely bay of Agios Apostoloi. For sure it is time for a swim or have a refreshing drink at one of the canteens on the beach before you head back to the starting point.

 

 

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Around the monastery of Agia Kyriaki

It is a beautiful day to explore the area of Varipetro, near Chania where the monastery of Agia Kyriaki is located in a tranquil environment.Image

 

The monastery was a set of ruins back in 1992 but has been restored and being taken care of by several nuns. It is a dependency of the Chrysopigi Monastery in Chania. The nuns are very friendly and some of them do speak a little English. They will tell you about the history of the monastery and the work they do. A scenic stone paved trail leads along a beautiful forest up to several cave churches. Even though they are fairly new, it is interesting to take a look at them. Enjoy the silence here and clear your head. Listen to the singing of the birds and admire the wonderful views.The walk continues, not via the stone path but a dirt track that leads you up to the mountains which gives you a fantastic view towards Chania. It is a bit of a strenuous walk but after the top is reached you sit on a rock and just appreciate the marvelous views. This area is a protected ecosystem so it is needless to say to keep the environment clean. Looking back, I must say that this was a more than pleasant walk less than 15 minutes drive from Chania.Image