Ancient City of Polyrinia

Ancient City of Polyrinia, Kissamos: Address, Ancient City of Polyrinia Reviews: 4.5/5

Ancient City of Polyrinia
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Iva S
Prague, Czech Republic558 contributions
archeolog. site of Polyrrhenia (Ancient City of Polyrinia) Kissamos
Sep 2020
2. 9. 2020 nice hike (+37 ° C) through a picturesque village, still uphill. There are a lot of mystical places along the way, the view from the top of the hill is really worth it. Probably not suitable for small children. I recommend it to anyone looking for these activities. It is necessary to have a time of about 3-4 hours. More travel video youtube PSIS-visit. Iva + Petr CZ Prague
Written February 4, 2021
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Fi C
Kissamos, Greece9 contributions
Evocative village near Kissamos
Sep 2019
Polyrrinia is well worth a visit if you are in Kissamos area. It was one of the richest cities of the area in Hellenistic times and you can see finds from Polyrrinia in the archeological museum in Kissamos. The village itself is a mixture of old ruins, rock houses, small churches and newer buildings. Walking up to the old acropolis is an uphill trek but the view is an amazing reward. The olive wood shop is a great place to get authentic olive wood products, the cake at the kafenion is second to none and the taverna at the top of the hill makes fantastic Boureki (courgette and potato pie). You can get there by taxi from Kissamos, or even better rent an E-bike in Kissamos and enjoy the stunning scenery from the saddle!
Written October 6, 2019
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Tracy W
Leeds, UK30 contributions
Beautiful historic village high up a mountain
Jun 2019 • Couples
9k walk / drive from Kissamos (kastelli). Stunning views. Visit the olive wood craft shop, the owner is a delight.
Written July 2, 2019
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Angela M
Totnes, UK12 contributions
Great view.
Apr 2019 • Family
A wonderful walk to wonder around this very important historical site. The view was magnificent. In the village a great stop for refreshments, and information run by volunteers and donations required for refreshments, wonderful homemade cakes, yummy!
Written May 12, 2019
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Nicholas d
Cambridge, UK353 contributions
Impressive site
Sep 2018
It's a long, steep climb up the mountain from the coast, but the road is manageable, at least as far as the church. All the more remarkable to discover that this was once a substantial and important city, rivalling Falassarna. Interesting remains, with helpful explanations. Imposing acropolis.
Written October 14, 2018
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malgo
Brussels, Belgium181 contributions
Views yes!
Oct 2018 • Couples
Need quite imagination to see a city that was there. A couple of reconstruction pictures may bring it to life. But the views from the top are amazing. Entrance is free. Car can be left on the village. Trail takes you around site regardless if you go right oraz left. Do not miss the local sculptor's store. He is do friendly
Written October 12, 2018
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erickvandereijk
Eindhoven, The Netherlands4 contributions
Kissamos, Polirinia, beach.
Jul 2018 • Family
If you can get hold of a guide locally, the whole area becomes way more than any brochure can tell you. If you've got the American guide called Stephen, bonus, he knows his history and where to go! Indiana jones lives !

Polirinia is as mysterious as you would want, the whole of Crete is mysterious if you care to look beyond the paved road. Then again, loads of perfect Roman roads to walk, for the brave...
Crete is ancient and real, and if you're in luck get hold of the lemonade in Polirinia tourist thingy, it's the best thing on earth if you walk from kissamos to Polirinia through the hills....and leave some first aid stuff there if you can spare. Little restaurant above the village serves the best Greek Salads on Crete, too much for one and tot cheap to believe, great people.
Kissamos is good, you are actually in Greece on Crete, not in a tourist trap. Best place to sit in the day: beach part just west over the small bridge with the huge trees on the shoreline, great food and tranquillity.
Campsite east of Kissamos also great place, tents for rent.

Sfinari, if you can get there has free camping on the beach, three tavernas to eat and a great sunset all the way ! No public transport there, but if you get there one can try to make a deal with the local fishermen to bring you further...the place time and tourism forgot...rough sea, bodyboard thing...

Chania, coulorfull, alive but not crazy, very good food and rooms to rent plenty. DON'T book in advance, pay cash locally, they get ripped off 24% otherwise. Cretans work their butts off, so don't ever think their lazy, most have a hard time making ends meet. I've seen a woman work from at least 21.00 till 12.30, non stop. Could have been more hours, this i saw.

Seriously, never been tot a better place than Crete, and the people are straight forward and open. If you are a woman alone, Crete and Chania in particular are for you.

A place far away from where you live, yet more home than anywhere.

GO !
Written August 18, 2018
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Ben S
Taunton, UK80 contributions
Magical quiet location with amazing views!
Jul 2018 • Family
There is not much to see of the ancient city but the views from the top of the hill are completely “jaw dropping.” Best time to visit is just before sunset when it is not too hot and the light is glorious. Not very busy.... you will probably only meet a few goats! You will see the the beautiful terraces on the surrounding mountains, millions of olive trees and have views out to sea. Simply spectacular.
Written July 27, 2018
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marknkatehs
18 contributions
So worth the climb!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Hidden up in the hills above Kissamos, the drive to the village was the usual Cretan hill road. The village itself was beautiful, with the information cafe run by a lady who, whilst living I Crete for 14 years, used to live only 6 miles from where we currently live- talk about a small world!
The hill is a bit of a scramble, and at times the walk feels like a goat path. The ancient city does need some imagination, but it is SO worth it.
Give yourself a good hour and a half to walk it up, round and then back to the village, where we had a wonderful glass of home made lemonade, for a donation in the info cafe.
Be sure not to miss the hand made olive wood shop - we bought the most wonderful board and a few other bits. The home made honey raaki and orange biscuit all helped!
Written July 26, 2018
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LakieRex
Mansfield, CT25 contributions
Unforgettable!
Jun 2018 • Family
Once in a while you get to a place that cannot be forgot. Polyrinia is such a place. First, the view from the mountain top (the drive is a bit tricky, but do not let it deter you) is absolutely beautiful. Next, the ancient ruins and a small church and cemetery make you reflect on the continuity of life in this quiet corner of Crete. If you come down from the top, do stop by a little taverna, have some excellent Greek coffee and local desert and just sit a moment contemplating the beauty of nature right in front of your eyes. If you go to the village, stop by the local merchant selling products made from the wood of olive trees; he'll treat you to a shot of Raki. And in general, just enjoy how very old intertwines with the new and how life goes on seemingly uninterrupted for ages. Unforgettable.
Written July 12, 2018
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