The area around Vamos is a lush landscape a few kilometres from the coast. Very much a working village, many tourists nevertheless visit or stay in the village and in the surrounding villages of Gavalohori and Kalives. 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. Here a group of locals set up Vamos SA, an enterprise devoted to preserving local buildings and customs and attracting a sustainable form of tourism. Several of the old houses have been rebuilt as tourist accommodation. 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.
The municipality extends from the main national road across the island down to the coast, covering Cape Drapano and much of eastern Apokoronas.
Division of the municipality with a population 2932 (2001 census)
View from the Vamos region to the Georgioupolis Bay
Almyrida is a village c. 22 km E of Chania city.
Kefalas is a village 282m above sea level. It is in the Apokoronas region and 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, built facing the sea with interesting architecture, Kefalas is well-preserved. It is of interest to visitors with its village streets, sea views and tavernas. Eight churches can be found here. The views from Kefalas to the Bay of Georgioupolis and the Cretan White Mountains are spectacular and on a clear day Rethymnon can be seen. Kefalas is largely unspoilt by tourism and the old traditional way of life still remains, although many new houses and devlopments have sprung up around the village for toursists.
Kefalas Google Earth
It is a small, traditional village located between Kefalas and Vamos. The village mainly consists of old traditional homes with fine views to the Cretan White Mountains or to the sea. There are no hotels, rental rooms or restaurants here - it is strictly residential. There is however a small café which sometimes serves snacks.
Village Karydi / Agios Georgios Monastery , c. 2 km from Vamos, a 12th century monastery. The surrounding buildings are of the village Karydi , remaines of the 12 archs of building with an Olive Press.
Emmanuel Malekakis (Papamalekos)
The municipality of Vamos
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