Stylos (Stilos) Chania: A lovely vilage situated 18 km south east of Chania Town, Stylos offers a clear view of rural life in Crete built amidst lush surroundings. The village displays an authentic Cretan character With stone built houses and narrow paths that create a unique atmosphere. Plane tree forests and natural springs dot the region, offering an ideal environment for hiking and other refreshing activities during the summer.

Many churches and monasteries surround the village, such as the Byzantine church of Saint John and the 12th century church of Panagia Zerviotissa, called Monastira by the locals. Other beautiful villages to visit near Stylos are Samonas with an impressive cave of stalactites and stalagmites, Ramni and Kares.

The village of Stylos is situated in the area of the Apokoronas, a bit southeast of the city of Chania (18 kilometer) and a few kilometers below the village of Megala Chorafia, where you find also the eit to the village. There is a nice square with large plane trees where you can have a drink or something to eat. The area is fertile and Stylos is famous for its spring water that floats down from the White Mountain. In Stylos the spring water “Samaria” is bottled, which you can buy all over Crete. There are many flowers in the village and it is very green. In Stylos is also the beginning of the Diktamos gorge, which is 7 kilometer long and takes about 3 hours to walk. It ends in the village of Katochori.

At the entrance of the village of Stylos is the lovely church of Panagia net to a field with chickens, and in the village are two more beautiful churches. The great new cream-colored church in the village is on a rise where you can go by climbing a staircase. It has a dome and two towers. More interesting still is the ruined stone Byzantine church of Agios Ioannis Theologos, which has remains of frescoes. The church was closed when we got there but there are some holes in the walls and windows through which you can take a peek. It dates from the 12th century and is being renovated (2010).

For those coming from the direction of the village Megala Chorafia it is nice to know that some 200 meters after the junction where you could also go to Malaa, there is a Minoan Tholos tomb (in the shape of a beehive) on the left side of the road in an olive grove. They believe it to be the grave of a local ruler.