Going up from the town you will find the village of Lazarata (10km from town), seat of Sfakiotes Muinicipality. Full of colors, peaceful with kind and hospitable inhabitants. An ideal place for holidays.
The traditional mountainous villages of Spanochori, Kavalos, Asprogerakas and Pinakochrori, decorated with green colors, amphitheatrically built over the mountain combined with the tradition and the modern lifestyle. You should visit the Melissa Gorge, Folklore Museum in Kavalos and the beautiful church towers of the area. You should also drink your coffee in Asprogerakata under the perennial plane trees. On the position of Fryas, between Kavalos and Asprogerakata, the “Turkish wells” are preserved since the period of 1478-1684. One of them had been supplying water to all municipality’s villages.
If you continue your route, you will meet Pigadisanous and then Karya (14km from town), a mountainous large village with springs and rich vegetation. It reaches out the hill, amphitheatric with houses built according to local architecture and many old mills. You should definitely visit the Folklore Museum of Karya and the old monastery of Aghios Ioannis in Livadi (17th century), buy some of the unique Karsanika needleworks. Drink your coffee or your ouzo in the beautiful square down from the perennial plane trees.
Do not forget to continue until you reach the village of Englouvi. There you can buy the fantastic “Lentils of Englouvis”, climb up to the farm monuments of Voltos, light a candle in the chapel of Aghios Donatos and enjoy the magical view of the highest place of the Prefecture, from the small church of Aghios Elias.
Return to the town by following the same route or by climbing down from Englouvi’s village: Or pass through the mountainous village of Platistoma and climb down to Perigiali, enjoying the view from Prigiponisia. Or pass through the mountainous village of Vafkeri and climb down to Nydri enjoying the view of the complex islands.