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unique, good walk, amazing bear cave

Open 9-5pm Free entrance. Easy-med level walk enter from gouverneto monastery, closed for renovations, monks still live here, grow own veggies, chickens etc. Stop at Arkoudo... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Open 9-5pm Free entrance. Easy-med level walk enter from gouverneto monastery, closed for renovations, monks still live here, grow own veggies, chickens etc. Stop at Arkoudo "bear" cave and small ruined orthodox church built next to a cave, where Cretan lived hide out from Turk War and lookout for pirate. amazing isolated place, lots of wild mountain goats at 5pm,... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visited the site in July 2014 - this is an amazing place combining natural beauty, architectural monuments and Christian history. The path goes from Gouverneto Monastery (which is under reconstruction at the moment, but you can see its yard when the monastery is open) and down the hill. Halfway you see the White Bear Cave (a small ruined chapel built... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We walked down from gouverneto monastery - took about an hour with a stop to look in the cave. Coming back was about 40 mins. I would think total walk is only 3 miles and only steep when near the deserted monastery. Its in an atnospheric location. Saw some lizards on the way down.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

There are been excellent information before me on reaching thus site- It is long but not too difficult climb up and bAck although take water as it is quite hot and exposed. A worthwhile visit and an interesting different view on life!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I believe others before me have written how to get to this fascinating location. The trail is really very well established leading past the front of Gouvernetou Monastery and on down the hillside towards the ocean. While some parts a little uneven it is mostly paved with raw stone. The walk is definitely worth the effort. First one passes the... More 

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Givatayim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is how I got to the Katholiko monastery. We started at the Gouvernetou Monastery (presently being renovated). We parked the car at the entrance and walked through the monastery without visiting it. If it is closed go around along the north wall. When you get to the other end you will see a gate existing the monastery walls, there's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We did this hike recently and would definitely recommend it. We also read that there was a fjord at the end of the path that leads from Katholiko. The hike was about 40min to Katholiko at a leisurely pace and the monastery didn't disappoint. However we did not find a path down to the gorge and other hikers seemed to... More 

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