Armeni in North Western Crete is a sleepy village located about 2km inland from the sandy beaches at Kalives at the mouth of Souda Bay. A pretty village, it lies on good agricultural land in the Apokoronas, with groves of avocado, orange and olives around.
There are two large tavernas both of which are good, a grill in summer months and a kafenion (photo below), as well as a first class butcher with cheese deli, a bakery and a small minimarket. The village is shaded by platania trees (Oriental Plane) and the Kiliaris river. The church of Ag. Nikolaos is large and imposing, giving an air of wealth to the village.
Kalives lies approximately 1 mile from Iliana’s and Stephanos Houses. Chania town, with its beautiful Venetian Harbour, is 25 minutes away. Rethymnon is also within easy reach (40 minutes), as is the spectacular Samaria Gorge. The archaelogical sites of Knossos and Phaestos are 1.5 hours drive from the village.Some ten minutes’ walk (0.5 km) from the village, along the level road towards the sandy beaches at Kalives (below left and right) are two small Cretan cottages, each overlooks a lush green river valley. Both houses retain their privacy within the large garden of fruit trees and vines.