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Is Apokoronas The Best Place to Live on Crete? A new blog from I-Land on life in Greece

Is Apokoronas The Best Place to Live on Crete?

Georgioupolis, a popular destination in Apokoronas


Crete is full of wonderful places to live and Apokoronas is no exception. Whether it’s the best or not is obviously entirely subjective but there is a compelling case nonetheless and in today’s blog, we will look at what makes the region so special. 

Where exactly is Apokoronas?

Nestled between the picturesque White Mountains and Northern coastline, Apokoronas is located in the Chania prefecture in the western part of the island and is often considered one of the best regions to live on Crete. 

Apokoronas is home to various well-known towns and traditional villages, such as Kalyves, Almyrida, Vamos, Vryses, Armenoi and Georgioupoli. These places have many advantages of their own, but they all benefit from their proximity to the city of Chania, which is just a short drive away.

Chania being close by gives Apokoronas a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ vibe, as you can live somewhere incredibly peaceful, private and tranquil, but still have the benefits of a city nearby. Chania has a lot to offer; it’s great for shopping, tavernas, restaurants, bars, has a wonderful old Venetian port, historic old town and museums. Chania International Airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis) is also very close, which is incredibly convenient for those who have a second home or like easy access to travel.

So then, what’s so great?

Besides its location, Apokoronas offers a variety of benefits for those living there. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages of living in Apokoronas:

Natural Beauty: Apokoronas is known for its stunning natural landscapes. It is surrounded by the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and offers breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, and the Aegean Sea. The region is characterized by lush greenery, olive groves, and traditional Cretan villages.

Psiloritis and the White Mountains

The White Mountains from an olive grove

Climate: Crete, in general, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and Apokoronas is no exception. The region experiences mild winters and warm summers, making it an ideal place for outdoor activities year-round. The Mediterranean climate also contributes to the cultivation of various agricultural products, such as olives and citrus fruits.

Tranquility: Apokoronas is known for its peaceful and laid-back atmosphere. It offers a more relaxed lifestyle compared to larger cities. The traditional villages in the region provide a sense of community and a slower pace of life. If you prefer a quiet and tranquil environment, Apokoronas can be an excellent choice.

Proximity to Beaches: Living in Apokoronas means being close to some beautiful beaches. The region has several coastal villages and resorts where you can enjoy the crystal-clear waters and sandy shores of the Aegean Sea. Almyrida, Kalyves, and Georgioupolis are popular beach destinations in Apokoronas.

Kalyves Kalives Beach in Apokoronas

The beach in Kalyves

Outdoor Activities: The natural surroundings of Apokoronas offer numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. You can explore the nearby mountains and go hiking, mountain biking, or even rock climbing. The region also has many scenic trails and paths for walking and trekking.

Cultural Heritage: Crete has a rich history and cultural heritage, and Apokoronas is no exception. The region is dotted with historical sites, including ancient ruins, Byzantine churches, and Venetian architecture. You can immerse yourself in Cretan history and culture by visiting the local museums and archaeological sites.

Local Cuisine: Apokoronas, like the rest of Crete, boasts a delicious and healthy cuisine. You can savor traditional Cretan dishes, which often include fresh vegetables, olive oil, herbs, and local cheeses. The region also has a reputation for producing excellent wines.

Cretan Cuisine Greek Food

Delicious, fresh & healthy Cretan food

Infrastructure and Amenities: Despite its rural charm, Apokoronas offers good infrastructure and amenities. You’ll find all the necessary facilities, including supermarkets, pharmacies, healthcare centres, schools, and transportation options, making it convenient for day-to-day living.


If you’re looking for a permanent or second home, then Apokoronas is a great place to live. Check out some of the properties we have for sale in the region below and please get in touch if you see something that catches your eye.