Mathes

This village is located just outside Georgioupolis, in the northeast part of the prefecture of Chania. The village of Mathes consists of only a few houses that are built at an altitude of about 150 meters above sea, in a beautiful natural environment with lush vegetation, which characterizes the area of ​​Apokoronas.

Despite the fact that Mathes is inhabited permanently only by 20 people and that it’s a really small village, there are available restaurants and stores that are open at least during the summer season. There are also tourist accommodations, the majority of which are luxury villas for rent.

Mathes, however, is a well-known region throughout Crete due to the fact that outside the village there is the church of St. Anthony, built during the Venetian era in Gothic style. The interesting thing about that church is a carob tree that sprang on the roof and lived for centuries in this strange position. During a huge fire in 1982, the tree was burned, but the church survived and the roots of the tree still remain inside the small chapel.

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