Kandanos Chania: A lovely village built in one of the most beautiful fertile regions of Crete spread with olive groves and vineyards. Kandanos is located 60 km from Chania town and close to Paleochora and is known for the finest productions of virgin oil.
Kandanos flourished during the Byzantine and Venetian times and today many stone built houses witness its important role. The village took part in the revolutionary fights against the Turks, in the 19th century. During the Second World War, it was burnt down by the Germans. In the square, there are inscriptions of the Nazi conquerors that remain as a monument of the tragic event.
Many Byzantine churches and monasteries are found in the region around this village and most of them date from the 14th and 15th century.
Kandanos is a special mountain village, in the heart of Chania on the island of Crete. It lies on the route Chania Town – Paleochora, on the slopes of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and is surrounded by very green nature. The village has a large square with typical Cretan tavernas which are serve local specialties.There is a Remarkable big, beautiful village church here. When you are in Kandanos, you can see various monuments in the town square.
Marble plaques are engraved with the names of villagers who were slain by the Nazis during World War II. In May 1943 25 German soldiers were in the chasm of Kandanos killed by freedom fighters. In reprisals, the village was bombed a week later and all the locals were executed by the Nazis. After this horrible action, they left behind a board with the sarcastic text “Here was Kandanos, this village no longer exists.”