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Apokoronas Touring Map

Publisher: Berend Wolffenbuttel & Toine van der Meijden

 

Price: 4,85 €

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Publish date: 2014

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  •  978-618-81205-0-1

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Description

In the series of Discover...on Foot we have made our first map for the Apokoronas region. It is a detailed map (scale 1:50.000) providing all the roads, villages and many extra information. On the backside of the map are 10 beautiful and interesting places described that you have to visit. The description is in 6 languages; English, German, Dutch, French, Greek and Russian. 

The Apokoronas Region

Apokoronas is a region in north-west Crete, at the east of the city of Chania. It is since January 2011 a municipality of the Chania Prefecture, with its capital at Vrisses. The Apokoronas municipality is divided into 6 municipal departments which are: Armeni, Fres, Georgioupolis, Krionerida, Vamos and Asi Gonia.

The name ‘Apokoronas’ possibly originates from the ancient city of Ippokoronion. This city may have been located near the village of Nippos, or on the site of the Venetian fortress, Castle Apicorono, on an outcrop between Kalives and Almirida

The Apokoronas extends from the foothills of the White Mountains to the coast on the north, in a wide plain with rolling hills. To the east, Cape Drapanon (527m) rises above the plain and extends out into the Sea of Crete. The area is very green and fertile, unusual for rocky Crete. The Apokoronas area is a rich agricultural region with many olive groves, vineyards and orange groves. As typical in the whole of Greece, you can often hear the sound of sheep and goats who roam freely. The Apokoronas is a region with many cypress trees and even areas that you can call forests. The breathtaking views from every angle on the Lefka Ori, the wide views over Souda Bay, the Akrotiri Peninsula and the Drapanos Mountain are typical for the Apkoronas region. The rivers in Apokoronas are the Kiliaris, Boutakas, Kalivianos, Almiros, Mouselas and Vrisianos.

During the Turkish and German occupations, the brave inhabitants of Apokoronas resisted heroically against their conquerors, until they gained their freedom. Apokoronas is also known as the location of much of the filming of the movie "Zorba the Greek”.

Nowadays there are approximately 13.000 inhabitants in 50 villages and settlements. The major villages of Apokoronas are Vamos, Vrisses, Kalives, Georgioupolis, Kournas, Armeni, and Fres. They have police stations, municipal and utility offices as well as taverns, mini markets, schools and churches. Kalives and Almirida and Georgioupolis are beach resorts.