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Argiroupolis or Amari valley?

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Argiroupolis or Amari valley?

If you are forced to choose between Argiroupolis and Amari valley, where will you choose in terms of hospitality, tradition, beauty and authenticity?

We are planning to explore the place on wheels starting from Chania.

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Hi

I have never visited Argiroupolis so I can not comment on there but the Amari valley would tick ALL your boxes, especially if you have transport.

Have a look at this link for a taster.

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The Argiroupolis area seems more compact than the Amari & is of course much nearer to Chania.

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Thanks MickLurcher,

Do you have any idea how long it will take from Chania to Amari valley by car?

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Hi there

Sorry to steal Mick's thunder but we did this run a couple of years ago. Allow an hour to reach Rethymno, then of course, it depends upon how far along the valley you wish to travel. We drove to the Moni Asomaton, close to Monastiraki and that took an additional 45 mins but we really took our time as the road is winding and the scenery lovely.

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Sunflower's "Western Crete" (2005) allows 6 hours (240 km/149 mi) for the whole circuit from Chania - Rethymnon - Apostoli - all the way down to Nivathris - looping back up to Apostoli - back to Chania. The general introduction to their tours advises taking your time; their estimate allows for only brief stops.

If you did the whole loop, you might want to add several hours for oohing and ahhing and ambling the villages. If you’d like a real leisurely trip, it is possible to overnight in the valley.

I haven't yet been to Crete -- plan to do the Amari myself in May -- so can't vouch for Sunflower's estimates.

Susan

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Thanks GB and snullr,

2 hours would be OK. Then in terms of time both Argiroupolis and Amari valley are feasible.

Well looking at pictures at websites, I guess Argiroupolis has similar atmostphere. Has nobody been there?

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Here's a piece on the Amari Valley by a gifted writer (actually a retred engineer) named Ray, from UK, now living in Crete.

…wordpress.com/crete-articles/…

Amari Valley has a heroic/tragic heritage -- one of the fiercests centers of resistance to WW II occupiers -- on the west side of the Loop apparently the Nazis burnt most of the villages, killed all their menfolk. THere are memorials in almost every village square.

Also, if you read around in Ray's "Wordpress" site, his most recent blogs, you'll read that the Almighty Central Government has decided Rethymnon needs moe water for its tourists, so is commencing an enormous dam project that may forever change the valley.

So we'd all better see it now. I'm hoping to go in June 2008.

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Since you are staying in Chania, the best option is Argiroupoli. There you can visit the wonderfull watersprings, the drinking water for Rethymno. Climb to the church in the cave from which the fresh water sprouts and down in the valley is even a working water mill. Than you go up to the village Argiroupoli where inside you find the old city of Lamba, some minoan remains are still to be seen including a fantastic mosaic floor from an old house. The village is also wellknown for some local products, like advocado creme for keeping the ladies skinn young. Find In the village some good local taverns and try the fresh Feta cheese.

Nearby on the road to Zouridi is a fantastic nature scenery, with the oldest Platan trees of Crete and the church of the 5 Nuns that were killed here during the Turkish occupation. A litle higher in the mountains is the village Miriokefalla with a church that contains wall paintings of the 12th century

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