This wild rocky peninsula is found in is northwestern-most part corner of Crete, its highest point at Geroskinos (762 meters); it is sometimes called the Geroskinos Peninsula. There are offshore islands and unspoiled bays, with substantial numbers of breeding Eleonora's falcons, kestrels, some Bonelli's eagles, and ravens.
Other birds breed in the scrub and rocky areas of the peninsula. Quite a few kinds of orchids are found in the garrigue, along with other flowers. A unique mayweed grows on the costal rocks near the offshore islands of Gramvousa and Aghia Gramvousa; a rare Greek endemic tulip grows on the south end of the peninsula.