The ancient village of Alikambos lies in the foothills on the Eastern edge of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and is located 40kms from Hania on the main road through the mountains towards Sfakia.
Historically, the fortified village of Alikambos played a crucial role in the battles and occupation of the island of Crete. Although the village was raised to the ground on several occasions, there still remains some fine examples of ancient monuments in the vicinity. The most famous of these is the Byzantine church dedicated to The Assumption of St Mary (Κοιμηση της Θεοτοκου) which in 1315 was decorated in fresco by one of the finest European artists of the time, John Pagomenos. The particular frescos in the church are considered some of the most spectacular remaining examples of his works. If you are in the area it is recommended that you visit and view these.
Other areas of archealogical interest nearby are the Church of Constantine and Helen dating back to 1000AD. There is also the site of a Byzantine Monastery.
Historical tales exist regarding the role the villagers of Alikambos played during the many battles in the area. Being hidden in the mountains, Alikambos has long been a shelter for rebellious fighters and bandits. Alikambos was dominant in the revolutionary action during Turkish occupation, with heroic tales of the villagers being ousted by the ruling Turks and later fighting to defend and regain their independence. Not surprisingly, the inhabitants are renowned for being very strong willed and of a determined nature especially in protection of their families and land.