Elos is one of the so called 9 mountain villages and has a traditional village square with many chestnut trees. On route to Elafonissi, it is a good place to stop for a rest and to try authentic food in traditional tavernas under the trees.
Another of the 9 mountain villages, Vlatos, with its lush vegetation, is only a few kilometers from the traditional village of Milia. A once abandoned village, Milia has been renovated and restored to its former glory by private initiative and now provides holiday accommodation in stone cottages with original artefacts.
In Vlatos you can also see an ancient olive tree whose huge trunk has twisted over the years.
Topolia is a small village 13km from Kissamos on route to Elafonissi just before you drive through the impressive 100m tunnel cut through the rocks. Just beyond the tunnel is the famous cave of Topolia with stalagtites and stalagmites and the tiny church of Agia Sofia. To reach the cave and church there is a climb of approximately 100 stone steps but the effort is well worth it, not only to appreciate the impressive cave but to enjoy the marvelous views as you look down into the dramatic gorge of Topolia – truly stunning!
Chrisoskalitissa is a small village 45km from Kissamos on the South West coast and is called after the monastery of the same name. So called because of the 90 steps leading up to the monastery 35m above sea level, perched on a rock and overlooking the Libyan sea. One of the steps is said to be gold but can only be seen by those that have never sinned!
The monastery is dedicated to the Assumption and Holy Trinity and has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years. It is only 5km from the beach of Elafonissi.