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From the plateau of Anopolis one has an exceptional view of the south
side of the Lefka Ori. Climbs of the highest peaks of the Lefka Ori, at 2,500
metres, start from here. The view of the mountains is particularly impressive
in the spring when they are covered in snow. The area is protected from the north
winds and it has very mild weather all winter. This area of the Lefka Ori is also
famous for its rare wild flowers that can be seen in the spring.
This extract is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
Anopolis was a revolutionary centre against the Venetians and was destroyed in 1365. Anopolis, and the province of Sfakia in general, was the centre of revolutions against the Turks in Crete and was never inhabited by the Turks, making it the only free place in Crete during the Turkish occupation. The people from Anopolis had boats and their commercial fleet was based in Loutro. Anopolis is the birth place of Ioannis Daskaloyannis, the leader of the revolution of 1770 against the Turks (statue in the central square). By the time of the revolution of 1770, Anopolis had more than 500 men that could participate in the war. Anopolis was completely levelled during the revolution and many survivors left for other places. The same happened in the revolution of 1867. Due to its position, Anopolis was always one of the last strongholds of Sfakia.
Gorges & Ravines
Iliggas or Kavi Gorge
It is another of the densely wooded worth visiting gorge of Sfakia
with high precipices.
From the mountain village of Anopoli you can start walking on the
rural-mountain road leading to the White
Mountains, while reaching an altitude of 2000 m near their highest summit.
After walking for one hour and a half, a small ramification leads rightwards to
the Byzantine chapel of the Rood that contains remarkable murals. You can drive
up there too.
It takes about 3 hours to walk up to the exit of the gorge, where
there is an asphalt road leading from Chora
Sfakion to Anopoli. A few meters downwards , there is a very clean beach called
Iliggas, where you can enjoy swimming in the Lybian
If you can't make the above crossing, you can have a global view of
the gorge by walking as much as you wish toward the inside of the gorge from its
This text is cited April 2003 from the Prefectural
Committee for Tourism Promotion of Chania pamphlet.
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