Pombia. Pombia is a traditional village in the southern part of the Greek island of Crete. It is located ten kilometres south of Mires, on the road to Kali Limenes. Pombia was already inhabited in Minoan times, probably the village was called Vivi. The village is a main village, it had the privilege during Turkish occupation, to have a high school. The whole department of Heraklion then counted a total of two secondary schools, one in Pombia and one in Heraklion. Pombia is located on the edge of the Asterousia Mountains and today has about one thousand inhabitants.
Pombia is best known for the Korakas hero, who fought for the liberation of the Greek people. On the village square you can see his bust. Also, various sports clubs named after him. The patron saint of the village is Agios Georgios, you can also see the beautiful large church which is named after him. In the village there are several shops and cafes, there is also a medical post. Because the village is slightly elevated, you have a nice view to the Messara Plain and Ida Mountains. In Pombia are no hotels, but there are several rooms offered by individuals for rent. In the village are often exhibitions and other events, and there is a cultural association that is very active.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee