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Where the road ends…
Agios Ioannis (Saint John) is a small village at the western side of the Region of Sfakia, 20 kilometres from Chora Sfakion. It is located at the end of the route, almost hidden in the south slopes of the forested White Mountains It is said that it took its name from Saint John’s church at the southeast of the village which is dated back to the 14th century. You can still see some of the original frescoes. In 1900’s census the population was 179, today it is only 15 and their main occupation is livestock
The White Mountains
…the trail begins!
The White Mountains are a mountain cluster which covers the biggest part of the Chania region. Its highest peak is Pachnes at 2.453 meters, while there are a few other peaks standing high above 2.000 metres. The White Mountains, as a whole, are a paradise of unique natural beauty with an amazing variety of alternating images. From beautiful beaches to cliffs and deep gorges, forests with hundred year old trees, only to end to an out worldly alpine scenery where you can see countless high peaks with no vegetation. A stony, mysterious world which may appear deserted but is home to many kinds of endemic flora and fauna.