It is the resistance fighter Daskologiannis (1725 to 1771, translates teacher Jannis), who is still revered by people in the region and throughout Crete. He was the leader of the region's resistance against the Turks.
From many places in Anopolis one has a wonderful view of the high mountains in the surrounding area. On the high peaks of Lefka Ori (translated White Mountains, the highest mountains have a height of almost 2,500 meters) lies snow in most years until June. The photo above was taken on May 2 in 2017.
Our favourite tavern and pension in Anopolis has the simple name "Anopoli Taverna and Rooms". You can find it about 50 meters after the big monument (see above) on the through road on the right side. There are typical Cretan dishes, the lentil soup tasted excellent. Also the big breakfast in the tavern Anopoli is a good idea before a long hike in the mountains. The rooms were clean and inexpensive during our visit. The price for my single room in May 2017 was only 25 Euro.
In addition, the host of the tavern has good information about the walks in the surroundings of Anopolis and is happy to help with planning. The tavern owner has compiled the most important hikes in a folder with a detailed description in English. A jeep taxi with all-wheel drive from Phoenix near Loutro back to Anolpoli can also be booked cheaply through the innkeeper. The road over Livaniana is partly not tarred and not passable with a normal rental car.
Such a taxi ride makes sense if one makes the most popular hike in the area. It is the way through the Aradena Gorge down to the sea and further into the village of Loutro. The taxi is needed if you travel by car to Anopoli and after the long walk through the Aradena Gorge you want to go back to the car up to Anopolis. Loutro is beside the nearby Agia Roumeli the only village on Crete known to us, which is not connected to the road network of Crete.
Surroundings of Anopolis
If you drive through Anopolis,
you will cross a bridge after a few kilometres at the
abandoned village of
In the tourist season, bungee jumping is offered from the bridge into the gorge. Anopolis is now one of the hottest bungee jumping locations in Europe. According to some sources on the Internet, the highest bungee jumping jump in Europe is possible here. According to a local, the jumps are up to 140 meters deep.
The road ends a few kilometres further on in the tiny village of Agios Ioannis (Saint John), one of the most remote villages on the whole island of Crete. A short walk through Agios Ioannis is worthwhile if you are up here by rental car. There is a simple restaurant. The highlights of the area are the Aradena Gorge and the bridge.
Buses to Anopolis are unfortunately no longer available to our knowledge. If you don't have your own vehicle and don't want to walk, you have to take a taxi. From the port of Chora Sfakia down by the sea a taxi to Anopolis costs about 25 Euro, to Aradena a few Euro more (May 2017).