Sfakia, Crete: plan your holidays

Get acquainted with the natural colour, culture, history and traditions of the region, the hospitality is legendary

Map of Sfakia, in southwest Crete

The region of Sfakia, in the southwest of the island of Crete, is part of Chania province, and for Crete is quite unique as an area that is still untouched by mass tourism. It mainly consists of mountains up to 2453 metres high, fertile planes and small villages along the coast and in the mountains in traditional Cretan style. Its small capital Chora Sfakion, also called Sfakia, has 450 inhabitants, and 2 small harbours. for the fishing boats and the ferries to other villages. Most villagers live as shepherd, or fisherman, or they grow olives. There are also several family run small hotels and sea front tavernas, and a few shops.

The Sfakia region has about 2,500 inhabitants, and is famous for its history of resistance against invaders, impressive nature, very hospitable people, splendid weather, quiet beaches with crystal clear sea water, good home-cooked food and wine, and its marvellous opportunities to walk along the coast, hike in the mountains, and go through the many gorges that cross the mountains. The famous Samaria gorge, Europe's biggest, lies in Sfakia.

The area is quiet, being end of the road. It is laidback, but never sleepy. You can reach Sfakia by car, public bus, taxi, ferry, or on foot. Sfakia, in the southwest of Crete, is Europe's southernmost point.

At the quiet west side of the village of Chora Sfakion, directly at Vrisi Beach, the village beach, Giannis and Nataliya, with their daughter Zoe, and the Kouridakis family, with mother Georgia, and the cook Lily, run their beautiful taverna and holiday accommodation The Three Brothers. The family are fishermen, so fresh fish and other sea food are their specialty.

Holiday accommodations

Rooms, studios, apartments Three Brothers

The holiday accommodations are quietly set and 100 m. separate from the taverna at the beach, and consist of rooms, studios with kitchenette, and apartments with kitchenette and 2 or 3 rooms. All of them have an optional air conditioning. The rooms, studios and apartments have a private balcony, shower and toilet, and have a view to the beautiful garden and the sea. There is a free parking place for our guests. The village beach is just 100 metres away. We offer free Wifi internet access to our guests.

Directly at the beach we also have our spacious Beach Apartment, with excellent view, both to the sea and the mountains.

We offer our rooms, studios and apartments including breakfast if you stay 3 nights or longer:

  • coffee or tea
  • fresh or toasted bread or croissant
  • butter, marmelade, honey, cheese and ham
  • fresh orange juice

You can also book our accommodations on half-board basis, including breakfast and dinner:

We offer a Week of the Traditional Cretan Cuisine arrangement:

  • fresh mineral water
  • 0.5 l red or white organic house wine
  • salad
  • appetizer
  • starter
  • choice out of 3 main courses
  • dessert
  • week arrangement: 3 dinners with meat plate, 2 dinners fish, 1 dinner vegetarian, 1 dinner sea food:
    18 euro per person per day = 126 euro per week

The restaurant

Restaurant Three Brothers

Right at the beach is the Three Brothers restaurant, offering the best of the traditional Cretan cuisine, great views to the sea and mountains, and seductive hospitality.

The restaurant has a huge and beautiful sea aquarium.

They have a huge selection of traditional Cretan and mainland European dishes on offer. Try the organic house wines, the best you can find in Crete.

All dishes are home-cooked, and the fish, sea food and meat come from their own catch, or produce.