Galia, Greece

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Galia (Greek: Γαλιά) is a village in Greece located 58 km from Heraklion, and is administratively part of the municipal unit of Moires.

It lies at an altitude of 250 m, surrounded by hills. It commands an imposing view south to the Messara Valley and to the Asterousia mountain range, west to the Libyan Sea and north to the Psiloritis mountain. It has 1036 residents, mainly farmers.

Galia is one of the oldest villages of the area. It is mentioned as a location in the Venetian records as early as 1577, and as a village with 120 residents since 1583. The Renaissance tower in the village (still imposing,[according to whom?] although rundown) and the water fountains in the Kapeloniana area are proof of the passing of the Venetians. Part of the village, called Monohoro, is mentioned as early as 800 AD. It is where the old church of the Virgin Mary, built in 852 AD, is located.

The village suffered, under the Turkish occupation and lately under the Germans during World War II. Galia is easily accessible from Mires either by car or by public bus.

There are no hotels in Galia, and only a small number of rooms to rent. There is however a hostel, housed in a renovated house and donated to the community by its owner, that provides shelter to visitors. This building also houses the village library and folklore museum.

There are only a couple of taverns in the village, and Galia in general is for the visitor who wants to spend some time in a quiet environment away from city life.[citation needed]


Coordinates: 35°4′33″N 24°52′10″E / 35.07583°N 24.86944°E / 35.07583; 24.86944