Vamos Tourism

Attractions in Vamos

Vamos is a small town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform "Kallikratis" it is part of the municipality of Apokoronas, serving as its historical capital. It is situated on a small hill at an altitude of 190 metres (623 feet) above sea level, about 25 kilometres (16 miles) from Chania. In Vamos, one can find several restaurants, snack bars and shops in the village, as well as many public services, such as a fully equipped health center, schools, police station and the regional court for the regions of Apokoronas and Sfakia. The village is said to have been founded by Arab invaders during the 8th century, which sought refuge in Crete after being expelled from Andalusia. The first official record of the name (Vamo/Vamu) is found on a map of 1577 made by Francesco Barozzi, and according to the Venetian census of 1583 it had 271 inhabitants. The village followed the fate of the rest of Western Crete when the Ottomans invaded the broader area of Apokoronas in 1646 and remained relatively small until the mid-19th century. According to the Egyptian census of 1834 it is mentioned as Vamos, being inhabited by 30 Christian and 15 Muslim families. Due to its strategic position over the main road from Chania to Rethimno and Heraklion, the village became the seat of a municipality in 1881, and in 1866 Vamos was chosen by Savva Paşa as the capital of the Liva (District) of Sfakia. Within the next years the village went through a period of increased development, which saw the construction of new public buildings with neoclassical elements, such as the Governorate (Konak/Seray), the Ottoman barracks, water tanks and schools, among which the famous Parthenagogio (Girls' School), which today functions as a municipal hostel. Most of the judicial, political and military authorities of the broader area were seated in the village, therefore it is often found in public documents of the era as Saraylıköy, which means "the village with the palace". For exactly the same reason, the village became repeatedly the target of Christian revolutionaries during the numerous Cretan revolts of the 19th century. Many of its buildings suffered great damage during the revolt of 1878, which were restored by Mahmut Paşa in 1892. One of the most renown events, however, is the siege and fall of Vamos to the revolutionaries under Leonidas Malekakis (Papamalekos) during the revolt of 1895-6, an event that forced the Greek government to revise its policy on the Cretan Question and the European Powers to intervene decisively for its settlement. The result was a preliminary treaty between the revolutionaries and the Ottoman authorities in 1896, which was soon to be followed by the last revolt of 1897 and the withdrawal of the Ottoman army, allowing the creation of the Cretan State, a de facto independent state which remained typically under Ottoman suzerainty until the Balkan Wars of 1912-3, when it eventually united with Greece. Right below the main square at the top of the hill, one can find the old quarter of Vamos. A group of locals decided to set up here Vamos SA, an enterprise devoted to preserving local heritage and customs, by encouraging a sustainable form of tourism. In this context, several old houses have been refurbished in order to provide accommodation for visitors, and within the next few years a few tavernas showed up, an art gallery, some picturesque cafés and a general store selling local products.


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Facts and Stats for Vamos*

  • Pollution Statistics in Vamos

    Know the pollution level of Vamos before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 20.83 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 20.83 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 29.17 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Vamos: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Vamos for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Vamos.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.56 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 27.78 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 38.89 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 27.78 (Low)
    • Drug offense 22.22 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Vamos - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Vamos is 168.84 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 76.67 (High)
    • Climate Index 96.95 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 50.67 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.11 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 68.06 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.99 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 56.55 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Vamos

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Vamos

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.32 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.61 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 108 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 131.57 USD

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