Vathi

Vathi is a small village in the prefecture of Chania, which is situated at an altitude of 288 meters. It is located 66 km from Chania and 31 km from Kissamos. It occupies the southernmost edge of Kissamos and extends to the west and southwest coast, at the Stomio bay, the Monastery of Chrisoskalitisa and the beautiful  Elafonisi.

The old name of Vathi was “Cunene”. Moreover, it is probable that the ancient city of Inachorion existed at the exact same location of the current settlement of Vathi. The Byzantine church of the Archangel Michael and St. George with their unique wall paintings, built in the 14th and the 12th century respectively, constitute important monuments that -along with the rest of the beauties of the small village- attract visitors.

The permanent residents are mainly occupied in agriculture, fishing, beekeeping and craftsmanship. Every August, in the context of the festival “Lafonisia” that is annually organized, an event of homage and remembrance in honor of the executed villagers during the German occupation, is held.

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