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Fres

Fres is a village and Municipality in Chania Prefecture and is the ‘seat' of the municipality. Fres is very much a living village and has a population of about 450 permanent residents. There is a large main square surrounded by several kafenions where (of course) the Greek men of the village meet. In the village there is a bakery, dairy and a minimarket.

Fres is situated in the foothills of the White Mountains with views opposite to the valley of Vrisses which is 10 minutes away by car. The beaches at Kalyves and Giorgioupolis are about 20 minutes away. The views from most places in the village - of the mountains and the pine trees, are fantastic.

In the village of Fres there is a bakery, butcher dairy, various tavernas, kafenions and also a minimarket. The taverna 'To Pizitiko' on the outskirts also has a good reputation.

A lovely arch from the square leads through to the upper village and the chapel ‘Our Lady / Madonna of the Rocks'. This is built (the name says it all) high up on two rocks and there is an adjacent picnic area / well kept terraced garden. From there, a path takes you up to St. Antonius' cave, offering panoramic views to Souda Bay and the Akrotiri.

Fres is a fantastic location to both live and holiday and is the starting point for many walking trails. Not surprisingly, it's very popular with walkers as the local scenery is just wonderful.