Vamos

 

 

Vamos is a large working village in North Western Crete and lies 26km south east of Chania, with a number of shops along the main street. These include a bakery, grocer, mini markets. There are two good tavernas as well as cafe’s, two petrol stations, a health centre, post office and bank complete with ATM.

 

The old neighbourhood of Vamos, which dates back many centuries, has been beautifully renovated with an old stone road leading to quaint buildings which house a small delicatessen shop and art cafe.

 

Just outside the village of Vamos, on the small road to Vrisses, are the ruins of the old Karidi Monastery and the ruins of the old oil mill with its 12 arches, built in 1862. Vamos was the site of the revolt against the Turkish rule in 1896.  in 1995 a group of villagers obtained funding from the EU to fund a project which would in turn showcase crafts and produce of the region. This co-operative also helped to restore buildings of Vamos using traditional materials and crafts. The locals have also opened up shops and cafes where visitors can both sample and buy local products. The co-operative also has its own cafe-bar, round the corner from which is the venue for exhibitions, live music and not forgetting the spectacular terrace views.  Their is also a tourist information office which can provide information on walking tours and cookery courses. Vamos also has a book shop which sells both new and second hand English books should the need arise.

 

Whilst in Vamos then why not visit the Folklore Museum in Gavalohori, this is located in a renovated building which was originally built during the Venetian rule and was then extended by the Turks. All the exhibits have English labelling and include works of pottery, weaving, wood carving and other Cretan crafts, including Kapaneli – intricately worked silk lace.  The women’s co-operative in the main square sells a few pieces of Kapaneli, normally you can ask to see the local women working on this painstaking process. 

 

Attractions and facilities:-

 

  • Restored village

  • Co-operative with cafe-bar, exhibitions and live music

  • Grocery store selling products from the region

  • bike rental, cookery classes and walking tours

  • Bookshop

  • Health centre