Kalou

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Drive to the small and beautiful village of Kalou. Walk in the picturesque alleys, admire the simple architecture of the “Cretan farmhouse” and visit the beautiful square of St. George church, celebrating on 23 April. Meet Mrs. Agapi, watch her weave up close on the traditional loom and admire her craft and creations. Enjoy the route to Kalou Voskou Fountain, cool off at the spring that is located at the root of a rock and has been flowing for centuries; walk north of the village to the place “Pelekita”, where there are wine presses and basins carved into the rock. In case you are in the village on the day of the celebration of St. George (April 23), do not hesitate to go to the annual dance party organized by the cultural association!!!

MONUMENTS

 
Cluster of Late Minoan chamber tombs at the Trapeza site

In the center of the mountainous and isolated area of the settlements of Kalou, Galeni and Roukani, in the place “Trapeza” and at an altitude of about 420m, G. Rethemniotakis excavated in 1970 and 1976 a cluster of eight Late Minoan (1900-1100 BC) chamber tombs, inside which larnakes (terracotta funeral chests) were found. The corresponding Minoan settlement to which the cemetery belonged should be sought in the surrounding area. Scattered Late Minoan sherds, found in a small surface survey on the low slope east of the settlement of Kalou, may offer an indication regarding the location of this settlement.

SCENIC ROUTES

 
Fountain Kalou Voskou

Enjoy the beautiful route to Kalou Voskou Fountain and cool off, drinking water from the spring that is located at the root of a rock and has been flowing for centuries. You can also combine your walk with a visit to the garden with the nurseries located adjacently.

HOUSEHOLD TRADITIONAL OCCUPATION

Meet Mrs. Agapi, watch her up close while she weaves on the traditional loom and admire her craft and her textiles. From there you can get handmade rugs, towels and tablecloths that combine tradition with the needs of the modern era.

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