Worth a Trip: Anydri

The village of Anydri, 5km northeast of Paleohora, is a popular destination for walkers and is reached via a picturesque drive or walk through the lush Anydri Gorge carved by a small stream. The founding fathers of the village were two brothers from Hora Sfakion fleeing a murderous vendetta, which is why most villagers have the same surname. A path from the village leads to the Church of Agios Georgios, which has 14th-century frescoes.

Worth a Trip: Azogires

An eccentric hill village 9km north of Paleohora, Azogires and its sylvan valley are the place of legends involving river Nereids in its waterfalls and medieval ascetics who inhabited cave dwellings. Both the waterfalls and the caves can be visited today, and a handy local map lists these and other attractions.

Maps, more info and good food and drink can be found at Alpha Restaurant. There, American-born local guide Lakkis ‘Lucky’ Koukoutsakis leads tours of the village and Azogires Gorge. Or you can walk on your own down the gorge to join up with the Anydri Gorge trail.