Omalos, Crete

This enchanting mountain village, built on the Omalos plateau at an altitude of 1,050 metres, lies 39km south of Chania. Rugged and remote the sparse population scratch a living from rearing goats and cultivating cereals and potatoes.

It was at Omalos, during the times of the Turkish occupation, that Cretan revolutionaries sought shelter, taking advantage of its high, remote mountainous terrain. Places to visit are the grave of the heroic revolutionary soldier, Hatzimihalis Giannaris, who fought tirelessly during the wars for Cretan Independence in 1866, 1878, 1897 and 1912. Another interesting excursion is to the hill of Agios Panteleimonas.