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Gramvousa Fortress

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Address: Gramvousa, Crete 73400, Greece
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Great hike up to the fort

We visited this fort while on the all day cruise out of Kisamos. It is a bit of a hike up and down to the fort, but well worth it. The fort is on top of a plateau on Gramvousa... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
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Oksboel, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The Fortress is not something special compared with other old ruins. But the view is fantastic. As an attraction it is average. There are so many other bigger attractions on Crete.

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Thank Lars N
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We visited this fort while on the all day cruise out of Kisamos. It is a bit of a hike up and down to the fort, but well worth it. The fort is on top of a plateau on Gramvousa Island. The history is very interesting and an amazing view from the top.

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Driffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The exciting boat trip to Gramvousa dropped us off on the jetty and I confess the heat, my age, the time factor and the steep climb combined to tempt me onto the beach and give the fortress a miss. The beach itself was bounded by an inviting sea which was fringed by a band of rather perilous and slippery rocks.... More 

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Thank sparrow12342015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I opted out of the fortress part of the tour, which according to my woman was not all that epic. I chose to snorkel out to the sunken ship instead and it was amazing!! Lots and lots of cool underwater structures and the ship itself was a ice wreck to see....

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

It is nice walk to the fortress where you have a view on Balos Lagoon. When you see all the stone you can't imagine anymore this was a living place where people lived searching for safety. Knowing the history is a added value.

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Thank Koen F
Timisoara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We reached the insel by ship from Kissamos (full day trip to Gramvousa and Balos). There is a trip to go up and visit the fortress (around 1-1.5 hour), then the beach is waiting for you :) The ship stayed around 2 hours there, then went to Balos. It's an excellent tip for a day, do not miss it!

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This fort is reached by boat. My wife and I visited as part of a trip from Kissamos to Balos beach. Upon arrival at the island, the boat disgorged its hundreds of passengers. There is a small beach near the pier, but the shore is sand mixed with rocks. Still, a portion of the passengers went to the beach. The... More 

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Thank Vernal_Traveler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

You have to take one of 3 boats which visit the island. The largest one stops off at the beach the longest. When arriving at the island their is only a small shaded area for those who don't to take the trek up to the castle. Once on top you get beautiful views for miles. After the fortress you visit... More 

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Wroclaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I embarked on the combined boat trip to Balos lagoon and Gramvousa Fortress. It was half a half day trip that started in Kissamos. There is no other way to reach the fortress than taking a boat trip. After arrival, the most of the tourists are storming the steep hill to reach the fortress (depending on your endurance it may... More 

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LONDON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Stunning views from the fortress at the top of the hill. The climb was not too strenuous, it took about 15 minutes to get up there. The water was clear and warm, but you will need shoes to get in to the water to avoid being stung by the many sea urchins that have attached themselves to the rocks. Definitely... More 

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