Explore Sfakia with the family, the “wild west” of Crete
Take your family on a small group tour to Sfakia, an area known as the ‘Wild West’ of Crete. During this full-day family tour, you will have a full-on experience, including hiking, cooking, wine and cheese tasting, storytelling and more. Are you ready to make the adventure?
The Wild West of Crete Family Day Tour from Chania visits the west of Crete, and an area known as Sfakia. The theme of the day, is to introduce you to the best that this part of Crete has to offer. You can expect to taste locally made products such as wine and cheese, enjoy spectacular views of the White Mountains, take part in a hands-on cooking class, and walk in the steps of ANZAC soldiers through the Imbros Gorge. This will be a family day to remember!
Starting from Chania, your guide will drive you out to the Sfakia region. The first stop will be at a family-owned cheese and yoghurt factory, where you can taste the products and learn about the traditions behind making them. The yoghurt will help fuel you through the rest of the day!
Moving on from here, you will visit the Askifou Plateau, where the 2.5 hour hike through the Imbros Gorge begins. The distance is about 8kms, and it is easy for the whole family, although it is not suitable for strollers or pushchairs. There are plenty of stops for photos, and also the opportunity to learn about the flora growing in the area. Your guide will also tell stories of the ANZAC soldiers who escaped the island during World War 2 through here.
The next stop is the village of Kallikratis, famous for never having lived long under foreign rule. It’s residents have a long history of freedom fighting and bravery. The entire area around here is full of ravines, gorges, and abandoned villages. It is an interesting place to explore!
As everyone starts to get hungry, you will move on to a cooking workshop and afterwards enjoy a delicious traditional Cretan meal. The locally made wine is the perfect accompaniment, as is the fun and lively conversation.
After lunch, the next destination is a ‘herbal sanctuary’. Cretan herbs have been used in foods and medicines for thousands of years, and in a small cafe, you will meet people who still prepare herbal products in the traditional manners.
Once you have tried some remedies and teas, you will then visit a winery, where there are many local wines to sample. The cellar is particularly inspiring! It is a great end to the perfect day spent exploring the ‘Wild West’ of Crete!
Families should know
- The Wild West of Crete Family Day Tour give you the chance to get off the beaten track
- During the Wild West of Crete Family Day Tour you will visit areas few tourists venture
- It will give you the opportunity to experience Cretan culture and hospitality firsthand