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Σκαλωμένο στο φρύδι της εξόδου του φαραγγιού των Περβολακίων, σε επιβλητικό τοπίο που ατενίζει το Λιβυκό πέλαγος βρίσκεται το μοναστήρι του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Καψά. Το μοναστήρι είναι μετόχι της μονής Τοπλού κι απέχει 9 χλμ. από τον οικισμό του Μακρύ Γιαλού. Πηγή: Δήμος Σητείας

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Picturesque village with wonderful views and green at the foot of Mount Master (1475 m.) 11 km. From South axis built at an altitude of 640m. It is the southwest village of Sitia province, bordering the province of Ierapetra. So named due to its mountainous location. Locals pronounce Ornos. The earliest mention of the settlement refers to document the Ducal Archive of Candia 1368.Sti hereinafter Sitia in 1577 by Barozzi, while in the Venetian census of 1583 written Orno and had 217 inhabitants. Source: NATURE…

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The palace of Zakros is the fourth largest Minoan palace. It was located on a remarkable strategic site, in a safe small bay, and was a centre of trade with the countries of the Orient, as revealed by the finds (ivory, faïence, copper etc). The palace was a center of administration, religion and trade. It was surrounded by the city. No new buildings were built in the area and it was only used for farming. The “Gorge of the Dead”, the Gorge between Pano Zakros…

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It lies to the North-Northeast of Kato Zakros. We arrive at the cave either after a one-hour walk from Kato Zakros or from the beach of the same settlement by engine-vessel (20-25 minutes) and after that, we follow a tiresome ascending route (15 minutes walk). The elevation at the entrance attains 105 metres. Stones consist of limestones from the upper Cretaceous and of dolomites from the Triassic period. A little more west of the cave there is an elevation called Traostalos (elevation: 515 metres). Pelekita…

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The most important monuments of the area are: The Theatre. At the northeastern end of Kouphonesi, opposite the Marmara islet, and at a small distance from the beach, excavations have brought to light a well preserved stone-built theatre; the cavea had twelve rows of seats and a capacity of c. 1000 persons. Part of the cavea and the stone seats are not preserved today. The orchestra, almost semicircular in shape, was paved with clay slabs. The stage building (measuring 20 x 19 m.) is destroyed…

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8 miles south of Ierapetra. One of the best beaches in Greece, with beautiful golden sand, full of small sea shells and beautiful blue-green waters. Access by Boat: YES Access by Bus: NO Access by Car: NO Accessible for people with special needs: NO Access on Foot: NO Beach Type: WHITE SAND Blue Flag: NO Near Restaurants: NO Lifeguard: NO Natural Shade: NO Near Accommodation: NO Nudist beach: YES Offroad: NO Sea Activities: NO Surfing: NO Umbrellas and Sunbeds: NO Depth: SHALLOW

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A visit to Vai is a must if you visit Crete. The combination of a majestic beach and a rare palm forest creates an exotic flair . According to a legend, Arab pirates who arrived on the beach threw the cores of the dates they were eating and 5000 palm trees grew from them. Camping is not allowed in the night in the forest, which covers an area of 60 hectars and is protected by the Forest Authority. The beach is organized and has been…

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The history of this land has been flowing for thousands of years alongside the history of its people. And although the time of humans usually leaves gaps and unexplored points, the time of the land in Sitia has recorded its marks in every nook and cranny: on the rocks, in the ravines, in the caves and in its unique gorges. The courses of humans and land here, in eastern Crete, intertwine and complement each other. The marks of humans are revealed in the rich archaeological…

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To the north of Vathy, we come across the world-wide famous beach of Matala. It is an arm of land made of porous stone, weathered by the fury of the waves, winds and saltiness. As a result, tenths of caves, caverns and hollows have been formed. The bay was chosen by the Minoans to become the harbour of Festos after the destruction of Kommos and the port of Gortys, during Roman times, when Gortys was chosen to be the capital of Crete by the Romans.During…

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The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Herakleion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide. The museum, located…

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According to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos and the capital of his state. The palace of Knossos is associated with the exciting myths “the Labyrinth and the Minotaur” and “Daedalus and Icarus”.References to Knossos, its palace and Minos are made by Homer (the list of ships in Ilias mentions that Crete sent 80 ship under the command of the King of Knossos, Idomeneus, the Odyssey, T 178-9), Thucydides (reference to Minos), Isiodus and Herodotus, Bacchylides and Pindarus, Plutarchus and Diodorus the Sicilian….

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Phaistos is built on a low hill (altitude of about 100m from sea level), in the south of river Geropotamos (ancient river Lithaios), and dominates the fertile valley of Kato Mesara, which is surrounded by imposing mountains (Psiloritis, Asterousia, Lasithi Mountains). The Libyan Sea extends in the south. Lithaios surrounds the hill of Phaistos in the east and the north and was a source of water supply for the city. The mild and warm climate of the area made the life of its residents comfortable…

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