Daily life in a village is intriguing for outsiders. It’s laid-back, authentic and inevitably traditional. During your day trip, you’ll get a taste for the slow-paced village life on a Greek island. It’s a snapshot of the culture that many don’t get to see.
After a pickup from your Chania hotel, travel to Agia Triada, a 17th-century monastery with three distinctive domes. Translated as Holy Trinity, the monastery is a serene spot to while away some time. Explore its cellars, the groves of olives around the grounds, and chat to the wine and olive oil makers in the monastery vineyards. You will enjoy delicious olive oil tasting at the monastery.
Your next point of call is Koules Fortress, a Venetian structure in Apokoronas province. Once known as Rocco al Mare, the 16th-century fortress is an imposing sight that guards the Venetian harbor. Have your camera on hand as the views sweep dramatically over the Souda Gulf.
From the fortress, continue to Maheria, a tiny village with a population of around 100. Wander amid the alleyways and try to seek out the chapel, which is carved into a cliff. Stop at a typical kafenion (bar), and sample some refreshments. Then, travel inland to visit a local ceramics studio.
Travel onward through the foothills of the White Mountains, stopping for a rustic lunch with fresh local specialties at a family-run tavern. The idyllic spot overlooks the valley and sea, and allows you to soak up the views as you eat. Finally, relax on your journey back to Chania, and finish with a hotel drop-off.