KOKKINO CHORIO

 

Kokkino Chorio is a small, traditional Greek village on the coast of the Apokoronou Peninsula. From here the views across Souda Bay to the Akrotiri Peninsula are magnificent, and to the south the White Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop, making the village a highly desirable location both for permanent residence and for holidays. It is only a few minutes drive from Plaka with its tavernas and bars, and the lovely sandy beach at Almerida. A few minutes further brings you to Kalives where there are more sandy beaches, good shopping for day-to-day needs and a variety of other amenities.

 

The village is famous for taking part in the filming of Zorba the Greek – Antony Quinn is still talked about in the local kafenions!

 

Above Kokino Horio is the strangely shaped hill Drapanokefala or Calapodha (so named during the Venetian occupation). The coastline northwest of the village is an extremely interesting place for a walk due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi (or Karavotopos).  Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is also an interesting site.


At cape Drapano, approximately 10 metres under water, is the impressive Elephant Cave, an area 60mx60m full of stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and colours.