Pombia is a traditional village in the southern part of the Greek island of Crete. It is located four kilometres south of Mires, on the road to Kali Limenes. Pombia was already inhabited in Minoan times.

Welcome to South Crete:


Pombia traditional Cretan village is located in the Messara plain, about 12 kilometres from the beautiful beach of Komos and about 14 kilometres from the legendary coastal town of Matala. If you love tranquil and simple country and village life this will be the place for you. The friendly locals are happy to be visited by someone who shares their everyday life with them


In the village there are some taverns and small corner shops. The town of Mires, 4 kilometres away, is ideal for larger shopping trips. Here you will find ATMs, banks, pharmacies, doctors, supermarkets, clothing shops and a variety of cafes and restaurants – meaning everything a city has to offer. The tourist resort of Matala is 14 kilometres away for some variety and the kilometre-long sandy beach of Komos is about 12 kilometres away. The endangered Caretta-Caretta sea turtle comes here in the summer months to lay its eggs.


Also the legendary village Matala with its famous sandstone caves is located directly in a beautiful bay with a fantastic sandy beach. From Matala you can reach Red Beach by walking for half an hour, which is certainly worth the small effort. You need sturdy shoes and in the heat sun protection, because it goes uphill and downhill and there are only limited and occasional sunshades available!


Location & History:


Pombia is located on the edge of the Asterousia Mountains and today has about one thousand inhabitants. Pombia is best known for the Korakas hero, who fought for the liberation of the Greek people. On the village square you can see his bust. Also, various sports clubs named after him.


Because the village is slightly elevated, you have a nice view to the Messara Plain and Ida Mountains. In the village are often exhibitions and other events, and there is a cultural association that is very active. On the largest square in the village of Pompia are two big churches, a memorial to World War II and a memorial to the local hero Michalis Korakas, who was born in the village in 1797, became the chief commander of 12 eastern provinces of Crete, and played a prominent part in opposing the Ottoman occupation.
The patron saint of the village is Agios Georgios and one of the large churches is named after him. More interesting are the older smaller churches you encounter when walking through the village. A building higher up in the village, not far from the little white church that is built in the shape of a cross, makes the impression to be a very old church, but it appears to be a water source. The sculpted cistern that stands in front of the building, where the water comes in, with a kind of lion heads, could date from Venetian time or maybe even from an earlier period. There is an inscription and an image of patron saint Agios Georgios set in the building.

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