2 kilometres after leaving the village of Skines and driving towards Nea Roumata, we come across another picturesque mountain village of the Municipality of Platanias: Prasses. Just a little before the entrance to the village, to our left as we drive on, the “Prassiano” Ravine leaves us breathless with the unique view, its sharp slopes and its rich, green greenery. For nature lovers: the Ravine is accessible and can be “explored” as far as 5 kms.
The cafes-taverns of the village and the main settlement are all along the main road of the village. However, this is the new settlement. The remains of the old one can be found along the river which flows to the left and “below” the main road as we drive through the village. A walk through the remains of the old settlement has a lot of surprises for the visitor. Apart from the amazing natural beauty, the rich flora with the plane trees, chestnut trees and olive trees, you can move along to the settlement called “Askidia” and admire the unique pine forest covering the surrounding slopes which produces top quality honey. The Byzantine Church of St Nikolaos, dating back to the 15th century AD, with impressive frescos, can also be found in Askidia. The church was used as a “secret” school during the Turkish Occupation of the island of Crete.
The village of Prasses is a green oasis where the visitor loses track of time and really relaxes enjoying the unsurpassed natural beauty of the mountainous site!
The little settlement of “ Hosti” also belongs to Prasses. There are very few residents living here and they grow sheep and produce dairy products. The place is worth a visit because the scenery around it is one of unprecedented natural beauty. The name of the settlement itself comes from the fact that it is “hidden” in the rich greenery. Apart from its natural beauty, another point worth visiting is the “Royal” Path. It is a cobbled path (only its remains can be seen today) which, centuries ago, served as a connection between Prasses and the neighbouring Municipality of “Kandanos- Selino”. The 3-hour trip was on horseback. These days it offers its visitor an incredible experience as a route of exceptional natural beauty.