Agia Roumeli – Sfakia
Agia Roumeli is a small coastal village in southwestern Crete, located between Sfakia and Paleochora. It is built near the ancient town of Tarra. Administratively, it is part of the municipality of Sfakia, a region that belongs to the prefecture of Chania.
The fact that the path of the renowned Samaria gorge, which is the largest one in Greece and one of the largest gorges in Europe, ends at Agia Roumeli, made this region widely known.
Thousands of walkers, crossing the 18 kilometers of the canyon, arrive at Agia Roumeli to take the ferry and to be transported to Loutro and to Sfakia (in the east) or to Sougia and to Paleochora (in the west).
White Mountains (or also known as Lefka Ori) consist of high peaks and deep canyons that embrace and keep Agia Roumeli isolated. There are no roads leading to White Mountains and all forms of communication with the neighboring areas are carried out by small boats, reaching the location by the sea.
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea and to find a place to rest, to spend their night and to taste tsikoudia (or raki), the traditional Cretan drink.
It is worth mentioning, at this point that the first photovoltaic power station in Greece was first installed in Agia Roumeli and it was in operation from 1982 to 1989.