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Komolithi, West Crete

In addition to the beautiful natural landscapes, mountains, beaches and picturesque villages, Greece is also full of attractions created by nature. One such case is the Komolithoi of Crete in Potamida. A special natural attraction that reminds you of Cappadocia. A completely eerie and different place, one of the best natural attractions of Crete and Greece that you can plan to visit at any time of the year.
So, what are the Komolithos of Crete and what is special about them? Next to the valley of the Tyflo river, about 35 km west of Chania, Komolithi are located within the administrative boundaries of the Municipality of Kissamos.
First of all, it is surely one of the most impressive and strange natural landscapes that exist in Crete. They are located west of Chania and are administratively under the Municipality of Kissamos. You will also hear them called sand dunes and in fact they are separate hills made up of soft clay. This, with the passage of time, has undergone erosion, resulting in the creation of these wonderful conical forms that put them on the list of the most impressive natural attractions of Crete.
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Scientists report about this natural attraction that the Komolithos were formed millions of years ago on the sea floor and that is why marine fossils have been found and studied on the surface. Researchers from the University of Crete have also discovered that the sediments of Potamida contain, among other things, iron pyrite and traces of gold.
What makes it even more impressive is that the Komolithos are located just a few meters from the village houses on a very fertile lowland piece of land. Thus they stand out above the fields of the plain.
Small and larger "METEORA" are created completely bare of vegetation on the sides but with bushes on their tops creating a strong contrast. It is worth a short detour during your visit to Elafonisi to admire this unique sight from afar
A similar place is only found at the area of ​​Asprougas in Koufonisi islet, Sitia province
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Things to do near Komolithi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi, a small islet off the southwest coast of Crete, is a paradise that beckons travelers with its stunning natural beauty and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Known for its pink-sand beaches, a result of crushed seashells, Elafonisi offers a surreal and picturesque setting that feels like a dream. The shallow lagoon connecting the islet to the mainland makes it easy to wade across, providing a unique experience for visitors. Protected as a nature reserve, Elafonisi is home to rare flora and fauna, including the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. Whether you're sunbathing on the pristine beaches, swimming in the warm, inviting waters, or exploring the rich biodiversity, Elafonisi promises an unforgettable escape into nature's splendor.

Chania

Chania, a captivating city on the northwest coast of Crete, enchants visitors with its blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. The city's Old Town is a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets lined with Venetian mansions, Turkish mosques, and charming boutiques, all centered around the picturesque harbor. The Venetian Harbour, with its iconic lighthouse, is a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or a romantic evening out. Chania's culinary scene is a delight, offering everything from traditional Cretan tavernas to modern restaurants serving fresh, local seafood. Beyond the city, the region boasts pristine beaches, scenic hiking trails through the Samaria Gorge, and rolling vineyards. Whether you're exploring its historical treasures, indulging in its gastronomic delights, or simply soaking in the Mediterranean sun, Chania offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler.

Falassarna

Falassarna, located on the western coast of Crete, is a stunning beach destination renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. This idyllic spot boasts expansive sandy beaches framed by rugged cliffs and turquoise waves, making it a haven for sunbathers and swimmers alike. Falassarna's pristine environment is perfect for those seeking tranquility and breathtaking scenery. As the sun sets, the beach transforms into a picturesque landscape painted with hues of orange and pink, offering one of the most spectacular sunset views on the island. The area's rich history, with ancient ruins of the old port city of Phalasarna nearby, adds a touch of historical intrigue to the natural splendor. Whether you're looking to relax on the soft sands, explore the underwater world through snorkeling, or take in the magnificent sunset, Falassarna promises a memorable and serene escape.