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Category: Town-Village
Prefecture: Chania
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Gavalochori is a traditional village in Apokoronou Peninsula, west Crete, of wonderful stone houses. Apokoronas is a microcosm of the Cretan natural environment. From the coastal zone, which is adorned by a lacy patchwork of beaches, small picturesque coves and breathtaking steep rocks, as far as the foot of the mountain range, this unique landscape is the main reason why the area has become increasingly popular in recent years. At the crossroads on the national road to Kalami, the visitor will find the landscape entrancing. 


Gavalochori is a traditional village in Apokoronou Peninsula, west Crete, of wonderful stone houses. Its name comes from the noble Gavaladon family (who got the possesion of the village during the diversion of Crete to the 12 young rulers of the Byzantium in 1182). 

Many of the well-known Gavaliana walls still stand within a fantastic landscape. An excellent folklore museum also stands in the village; here you can see the history and the culture of the village. It is hosted in a renovated Venetian building with stone arches. Finally, there is an agriculture and tourist women's co-operation on the main square, which has a cottage industry producing knitting embroideries and laces of delicate art.
The Gavalochori is located 25 km away from Chania and it is only 3 km away from the sea. In the village you can combine the tradition with the nature and the landscape; many hills mainly wooded with olive trees and carobs are scattered through it. In the Gavalochori it is simply necessary for the guest to try a walk around the village to enjoy the peace and beauty of the nature. The climate is mild and beneficial for the health of the inhabitants. 

If you want to eat you can try the taverna Aposperitis, on the road to Vamos, or other traditional tavernas in the nearby village of Vamos (I Sterna tou Mploumosifi, Marouvas). You can also visit the waterfront villages of Almyrida or Kalyves for swimming, food or coffee or even a drink in the night, since they are in 3-4 km. The Chania Old Town is also 30 minutes away. 

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The Museum was founded in 1967 and was inaugurated in September 1993. It is housed in a building which is a characteristic example of local traditional architecture and stands on two levels.

Gavalochori is a traditional village in Apokoronou Peninsula, west Crete, of wonderful stone houses. Its name comes from the noble Gavaladon family.

There is a ground floor with a verandah, an inside courtyard, an arched house proper, with its utility areas and a first floor with an odas or large room. Part of the building was built during the venetian occupation, while the first floor was built during the Ottoman rule.

The building served as a private home until the end of the 19th century and was donated to the community of Gavalohori by George and Maria Stylianaki. The objects in it are displayed according to modern miseological concepts, with explanatory texts, photographs, drawings and models, and new exhibits are added each year. The Museum is divided into seven room, according to the following units: The Arched House, Silk, Pottery, Lace-making, Masonary and Stone carving, Church and Woodcarving. In the historical section of the Museum are exhibited guns and swords from the lengthy struggles of the Cretans for their freedom; also a small part of the collection of paintings and historical lithographs in which are depicted same of the most significant events of the history of Greece and Crete, coins (Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish, coins of the Cretan State and Syracusan coins from the period (405-345 BC). Also medals won on the fields of battle by the citizens of Gavalohori.

Address Gavalohori Apokoronou, Chania 730 08