History

Fort of Itzedin

The Ancient Fort of Itzedin

The Byzantine Empire was followed by the Turkish rule which became all the more crushingly felt as a result of the imposing presence of the Koule in the northern edge of the hill which is positioned above the fort of Itzedin.

Polyrhenia

The Ancient City of Polyrhenia

West of Chania and south of Kissamos is where the ancient Polyrhenia, another ancient city of Crete, founded at an impressive location, dominates above the plain and the gulf of Kissamos.

Polyrhenia

Phalasarna

The Secrets of Ancient Phalasarna (Falasarna)

For most people Phalasarna is one of the best beaches in Crete – and nothing more. And yet, right there on the core of the Gramvousa peninsula, the ruins of ancient Phalasarna reveal a secret millennia-old world.

Phalasarna Tower

Lissos

The Ancient City of Lissos

Temple of Asclepios Ancient Lissos, which may be likened to a lost city, can be reached either by boat from Sougia or on foot; a hike that takes about an hour.

Elyros

The Ancient City of Elyros

The site of the ancient Greek city of Elyros is located 500 m above this village on the Kefala hill, above the road to Sougia, and is presently unexcavated.

Aptera

The Ancient City of Aptera

East of the city of Chania, near the village of Megala Chorafia is where ancient Aptera is perched.

It was founded in the 7th century BC in a prominent position where it towers above the gulf of Souda and the plain of Armeni, having at its south the huge bulk of the White Mountains as an impressive setting.

The Myths of Knossos

Knossos and the Minoan Myths

The central character in Cretan Mythology is Minos, king of Knossos, son of Zeus and the Phoenician nymph Europa.

Minos had two brothers, Sarpedon and Rhadamanthys.

After Zeus left her, Europa married Asterius, the king of Crete, who was succeeded by Minos.