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A visa to
enter Greece (and Crete) is not required for
citizens of the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Citizens
of all other countries should contact their nearest Greek
6 November 2006) new rules for hand
during flights apply!
for accommodations, taxi transfers and car rentals: click here
about flights, ferries, local bus transport and timetables
about taxi transfers
from the airports, harbours etc. to
your accommodation in Sfakia and back: click here
about hire cars
: click here
It's not possible
to rent a motor bike or
scooter or bicycle in Sfakia.
Most nearby is Plakias. Your accommodation manager however
bike for you.
How to reach
our accommodations in Sfakia by road
: click here
For a map
of the village
of Chora Sfakion: click here
information for Sfakia, Crete and Greece:
Crete and Greece is the Euro
is 230 V AC. Time
GMT/ UTC +2 hours.
are 2 money cash machines/ cash dispensers/ ATMs in
Chora Sfakion, one on the village square, on the corner
with the ferry pier, and another in Samaria restaurant
at the boulevard. One
ATM accepts at least VISA, MasterCard, Maestro and
American Express cards, and you will need your card's
PIN CODE. The second ATM is a general cash machine,
and accepts all credit and cash
cards. Bring your PIN
nowadays can pretty much rely on these machines, since
there are two of them, working independently with different
banks and systems)
are not (widely) accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.
In Chora Sfakion it is also possible to cash Euros with
your VISA card in 2 tourist shops. (commission
are no banks in Sfakia. You can change foreign
non- Euro currencies and Travellers cheques in Hotel Stavris
in the village of Chora Sfakion at good rates and
is also a bank with a general ATM/
cash machine is in the village of Vrisses, one hour driving
north of Sfakia, or in Plakias one hour to the east.
- In Chora
Sfakion is a post office, opened on week days until
care in Sfakia:
- In Chora
Sfakion and Agia Roumeli is a first aid center with a
- A General
Practitioner (2) can be found in Giourgoupoli.
is a 24 hours health center in the village of Vamos.
are in Chania, both private and from the government. The manager
of your accommodation is always willing to help you in case
of health problems. They can phone for you or take care you'll
get the help you need.
- In case
of serious problems an ambulance can come over from Chania.
is also a rescue helicopter available.
- A pharmacy
can be found in Vrisses and several in Chania.
- A dentist
also can be found in Vrisses and Kalives.
in Sfakia: Since June 2003 Chora Sfakion has 2 Internet
Cafes: 1 at Kenzo Bar on the village square, and 1 in Vrisi
Bar at the village beach. For moderate prices you can check
your e-mail here and surf the web. A printer and CD-writer
are available as well.
On request some hotels can give their guests access
to their Wifi wireless network
and internet connection. Ask your hotel manager when you
telephone and fax is available for your use in all accommodations
at low costs per counter click. Your own mobile phone will
work while in Sfakia. You can make a choice for the networks
of several providers. Please note that while in the mountains
(walking or driving) your connection may get lost for a moment
when a mountain or ridge gets between you and the 2 antennas
in Anopoli (650m).
In Sfakia is a police station. Tourist Police operates
an emergency telephone line on a 24 hour basis (just dial
171 any day, any time, from all over Greece).
The other emergency numbers that you can use in Greece:
Fire Service 199 (including search and rescue on the mountains)
Police Emergency 100
Medical and Ambulance Emergency 166
Paneuropean Emergency Service 112
Sfakia: All villages have restaurants and tavernas, most of
them are open from 07.00 AM until midnight. In both Chora Sfakion
and Frangokastello are two supermarkets, opened until about 22.00
PM. Chora Sfakion has also a bakery and a butcher. Groceries kan
be found in the supermarkets. Almost all accommodations serve
water: it's no problem to drink the water from a tap in
Sfakia. It comes from natural springs in the mountains and
is of good quality and taste. To be absolutely sure there
is plenty of bottled mineral or table water available at low
cost. Be sure to take enough bottled water with you when you
go mountain hiking!
hiking: please be sure to bring walking boots with you with
: very detailed maps of Crete are not available, since
Crete is a border region of Greece and their government forbids
the making and possession of them. There are several good road
maps and some hiking maps. The latter are suitable for trip planning,
but are not detailed and accurate enough to rely on for serious
mountain hiking. The best map we could find is from Harms Verlag,
1:100.000. They have a map for West and one for East Crete. For
West Crete: ISBN 3-927468-16-9.
in Sfakia: if you are looking for discos and night clubs,
this is not the right place. There aren't any. Life in the evenings
is centered around your dinner in a restaurant or taverna or on
a small terrace, having a drink and meeting other guests. Usually
you have good contacts with the local people and the athmosphere
is very gentle. All places close around midnight.
you can do in Sfakia: click here
Sfakion is no longer a public laundry. You have to go to Vrisses or Chania.
You can make
an online reservation
for your Sfakian accommodation
In case you
have any further questions
you can send us an email