Welcome to Askyfou
The road to Hora Sfakion takes you across the formerly war-torn plain of Askyfou, which was the scene of one of the most furious battles of the Cretan revolt of 1821. The Sfakiot forces triumphed over the Turks in a bloody battle here, which is still recounted in local songs. More than a century later the plain was the scene of more strife as Allied troops retreated towards their evacuation point in Hora Sfakion.
The central town on the plateau is also called Askyfou, and stretches out on either side of a hill. The post office is at the top of the hill with a minimarket and several tavernas with inexpensive rooms to rent.
Getting There & Away
Askyfou (€6.20) is on the Hania to Hora Sfakion KTEL (www.bus-service-crete-ktel.com) bus route.