Agiofarago is a picturesque canyon south of Matala. Its name is a testament to the traveller's goal centuries ago. Legend has it that, centuries ago, the caves were inhabited by hermits who lived off of the fruits and vegetables the canyon offered. They were said to gather at the "goumenospilio", a cave that can be seen and admired today by any visitor. There, they each had a rock to sit on. If someone wasn't in attendance of the meeting, it meant that he had passed away.
You can cross the canyon and admire the rare beauty as well as the old church, Agio Antonio (St. Antonio), which was the area's religious centre during the time of the hermits. In the church's yard there is a well, which still has drinkable water. Around half an hour's walk further down, you can enjoy a swim and relax at the beach.
It is a lengthy stretch - over 2km long and up to 40m wide - of deep golden sand backed by natural dunes and cliffs topped with tamarisk trees, which is also a paradise for naturists and most likely will become an official naturist beach. At the s...
Sacred Monastery of Odigitria
Considered one of the oldest monasteries in Crete, this humble monastery still stands as a guard for Orthodoxy. Apart from Agios Antonios, Agiofarango and Panagia in Martsalo, in the area of the monastery there are a series of chapels and hermita...