When, arriving here, the blue horizontal line of the sea shows up and that immense water is in your eyes, you finally understand that these places are magic, filled with an ancient energy.

This is the emotion you experience when going down Trahoula, or Trafoula, gorge. It’s a canyon that reaches the sea on a enchanting, hidden and lonely beach, just behind the point where casaDoria is. These places were loved by Nikos Kazatzakis, one of the most important Greek modern writers and poets and somebody says that he took from here the inspiration for his best novels and poems.

Beaches of the south coast are perfectly wild and, for this reason, they are still not tainted by the mass tourism. As a matter of fact, the beaches look like the same that conquerors and locals have seen for centuries.

casaDoria - Trafoula gorge

casaDoria - Trafoula beach

casaDoria - Lentas village

Lentas village is located at less than 3 km away from casaDoria. It is a miniature of the typical Greek village with its kafenion and tavernas by the beach. Its antique name is Lebena and it has an exceptional history that goes back to the pre-minoan times. One can visit the famous sanctuary dedicated to Asclepio, where it is possible to admire a wonderful, almost perfectly preserved mosaic.

But there are lots of sites that are worth a visit. Here below you find some to the main places you should not miss.

HISTORICAL SITES

Lentas - Sanctuary of Asclepius

Loutra - Sanctuary of the Holy Mary (Panagia)

Gortyn - The Gortyn Code and the italian archaeological excavations

Zaros - The lake

FestosThe archaelogical site

Knossos – The archaelogical site

Iraklion (Hraklion) – The Museum and other points of interest

BEACHES - the most famous in the surrondings

Bath of Pasiphae (just 5 minutes walk down casaDoria, also called Hammam)

Loutra's Beach

Trafoula or Psili Ammos - The gorge and the beach

Dytikos beach

Matala beach


 
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