General Information of the Municipal Unit of Asi Gonia
The Municipal unit of Assis Gonia is located in the east of the prefecture of Chania. According to the 2001 census, the community has a total of 586 inhabitants and an area of 18,273 acres. The community of Asi Gonia includes: K.D. Asi Gonia – Asi Gonia. Asi Gonia, the smallest in area of the two autonomous communities of the Prefecture of Chania, is located in the mountainous area north of the Municipal Unit of Sfakion, on the border with the Prefecture of Rethymnon. It is 56.5 km. from Chania and 35km. from Rethymnon. Kapetanochori perched on a small hill in the White Mountains, Asi Gonia controls the mountain passes to the East, which explains why it led the struggle against the Turkish occupation, but also the resistance against the Germans, during World War II. The seat of the provisional government of Crete during the revolution of 1897, Asi Gonia has become in recent years a center of Cretan tradition. It became widely known as the homeland of George Psychountakis, author of the “Cretan Runner”.