Palia (Old) Roumata, is a mountain village in the municipality of Platanias, in the prefecture of Chania.They are about 43 kilometers away from Chania, at an altitude of 380 to 1300 meters, which is their highest point and consist of 18 settlements.
The history of the village dates from the Byzantine period and passes through the Venetian occupation to the German occupation and the Resistance until now.
Monuments we meet in the area are: the Venetian «Villa Reniere», of the Venetian noble family whose palace is in the Old Town, Byzantine churches, «Panagia» (the church of Virgin Mary), in the settlement of Perachori with rare frescoes that attract the interest of archaeologists from all over the world, «Agios Vassilios» (Santa Claus) in Vavouledo, being one of the oldest buildings, with many frescoes, too, «Agios Georgios» (St. George), in Hammalevri, where, according to tradition, there was a Hidden School.
In Palia Roumata, there is the gorge of Vavouledo, about 2 kilometers long, accessible all year-round. It is about 1500 meters from the village square, where the visitor ends on his way out of the gorge.
Palia Roumata, are characterized by the rich vegetation and the many running waters. In Palia Roumata there is also an olive tree, 3000 years old. The village has a rich cultural history as the tradition of dance as the «rizitiko» (traditional kind)song continues to the younger generations.
In the center of the village, called Archontika, there is the «Folk Library», founded in 1944, with six thousand book titles, while at the site of the former Elementary School, the famous painting of artist Andrei Filippov, «MysLast Supper», is on display.
We should also mention, that in the Women’s Association «Arhondissa», operating in the village, visitor can find pure traditional products.