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Georgioupoli (Greek: Γεωργιούπολη)i
Georgioupolis is a resort village and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Apokoronas, of which it is a municipal unit. It is located 43 kilometres (27 miles) east of Chania, about 22 km (14 mi) west of Rethymno and about 100 km (62 mi) west of Heraklio in the Apokoronas region. It was named after Prince George of Greece, high commissioner of the island in the last years of Ottoman occupation.
Kefalas (Greek: Κεφαλάς)
Kefalas is a village and a community on the island of Crete, Greece, 282m above sea level. It is in Vamos municipal unit in the Apokoronas region. The community consists of the villages Kefalas, Drapanos and Palailoni. Kefalas owes its name to the first residents there, called the Kephalades, the leaders of the Byzantine settlers sent to Crete in 1182. It is about five minutes by car from the village of Vamos itself and about 10 minutes to Almyrida beach on the northwest coast of the island. A picturesque village right on the northeast edge of the Drapanos peninsula, is well preserved. It is of interest to visitors with its village streets and tavernas. Eight churches can be found here. (Local residents talk of up to 25 churches in total, many of which are hidden in private gardens.) Kefalas is largely unspoiled by tourism and the old traditional way of life still remains.
Vamos (Greek: Βάμος)
Vamos is a small town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform, it is part of the municipality Apokoronas, of which it is a municipal unit. It is located 26 kilometres (16 miles) from Chania in north-west Crete and is the chief settlement of the Apokoronas area. The area around Vamos is a lush landscape a few kilometres from the coast. Very much a working village is very close to Sellia, Gavalochori and Kalyves. There is much infrastructure in the village including the town hall of the Vamos municipality that covers several other villages, a large medical centre, the court and the high school for the region, and several restaurants, snack bars and shops, largely serving the local community. Below the modern town square at the top of the hill is old Vamos. There is a well-regarded taverna – the Cistern of the Bloumosifi – as well as an art gallery, a café and a general store selling local products. Vamos' population is estimated at 600.
Gavalochori (Greek: Γαβαλοχώρι)
Gavalochori is a village of the Chania regional unit on the northwest coast of the island of Crete, in Greece. It is located on Cape Drapan in the Vamos municipality of the Apokoronas region. It is named after the Gavalas family who lived here during the reign of the Venetians. Gavalochori is very close to Sellia village and four kilometres from the coast at Almirida. It is a very old village with an interesting history explained in the local Folklore Museum. The population is around 350 but this number swells in the summer months as tourists, relatives and visitors arrive. The village has many shops including two taverns, two cafes, a pastry shop with cafe bar, the village pre-school, a graphic design studio, bakery, three grocery stores and a handicrafts shop. There are 14 Greek Orthodox churches in and around the village as well as Venetian arches and wells, Roman tombs and an ancient olive oil factory. Many interesting walks exist around the village.