Sfakia is a mountainous area at the southwestern part of the island of Crete. It is considered to be one of the few places in Greece to never have been fully occupied by foreign powers. With a 2001 census population of 2,446 inhabitants living on a land area of 467.589 km², it is the largest and least densely populated municipality on the island of Crete.
Chora Sfakion (or Sfakia) is the capital of the remote region of Sfakia, and a small coastal village of just 278 inhabitants (2001 census). It lies near the end of the Imbros Gorge, 74 km south of Chania. It has two small harbours, where the ferry boats from Agia Roumeli dock, which in the summer bring the hikers from the Samaria Gorge to take buses back to the northern coast. From Chora Sfakion ferries also run to the nearby coastal village of Loutro and the island of Gavdos.
In Sfakia there is a small pedestrian street with tavernas, cafés and shops just next to the sea. There is a lovely pebbly beach next to the village's waterfront; however the best beaches are remote and they are located a few kilometers far from Sfakia (a few beaches are offered for nudism, too).