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CHORA SFAKION is a peaceful tiny village with a lovely small beach and a pretty little natural harbour with fishing boats, overlooked by tiered houses, and taverns which front the sea. It is the central town for the region known as Sfakia, which is renowned for its proud and fierce people, whose hospitality is as large as their reputation. Sfakiots struggled to retain their freedom from the Venetian, Turkish and German occupations, throughout the centuries. Ferry boats arrive and leave the harbour each day to go to other villages and towns along to the west coast, and late each afternoon, in the summer months, they start arriving with the hikers from the Samaria Gorge. The hikers quickly go on their way, and when the last boat has left, the village regains its calmness.

CHORA SFAKION est un village paisible doté d’une belle petite plage. Les maisons et les tavernes en gradins face à la mer donnent sur un joli petit port de pêche naturel. C’est le chef-lieu de la région de Sfakia connue pour son peuple fier et courageux ayant un grand sens de l’hospitalité. Les Sfakiotes ont en effet lutté à travers les siècles pour conserver leur liberté contre les différentes occupations vénitienne, turque et allemande. Des ferrys font quotidiennement l’aller retour vers les autres villes et villages de la côte ouest. En fin d’après-midi, pendant les mois d’été, ils débarquent les randonneurs arrivant des gorges de Samaria, mais ceux-ci passent rapidement leur chemin, et quand le dernier bateau est reparti, le village retrouve sa tranquillité.

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