Aradena

Aradena is one of the abandoned villages of Sfakia, in the prefecture of Chania, and is located in the west, 3 kilometers away from the village of Anopoli. The road used to end in the Aradena Gorge and those who wanted to reach the village located on the brink of the western side of the canyon, had to walk down the path and, then, ascend the slope again.

However in the mid-1980s, the Vardinogiannis family donated a metal bridge and since then the two sides of the Aradena Gorge are connected, allowing visitors to have access to the village by car.

Aradena is located 16 km away from Sfakia. In the desert region of Aradena, several representative samples of the architectural style of Sfakia are still extant and visitors have the opportunity to admire the Byzantine church of the Archangel Michael dating from the 14th century.

Aradena was abandoned in the 1950s because of a bloody feud that flared between two families, leaving behind seven victims.

If you visit Aradena during the summer, you will be able to see many Bungee Jumping fans jumping from the bridge of Aradena Gorge at 138 meters!

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