Askodralos is village in Chania, also known and called as “Skordalos”. It is only 14 km from the city of Chania, located at an altitude of 228 meters at the foothills of the White Mountains.
The village suffered a huge ecological disaster in October 2003, since the olive groves around him – aging 400 years and constituting some of the oldest in Europe -were burnt down by a terrible fire.
The fire was unprecedented and started when a cable of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) burst into flames. More than 60.00 olive and orange trees were burned, leaving behind only coals and the area was economically and environmentally destroyed.
However, a resident of Askordalos had the brilliant idea to set up at this ashy and completely destroyed area, the largest botanical garden of Crete.
Every visitor can now walk in a green environment and is able to see more than 150 species of fruit trees, dozens of herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants.
Both the configuration of the ground in Askordalos and the microclimate of the area make this place – just like the entire island of Crete – suitable for the thriving of various tropical and subtropical plants apart from the Cretan species.