Ancient City of Polyrinia
Ancient City of Polyrinia
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Kev_Mach
Darlington, UK308 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
For a shorter walk to the ruins drive up the hill from the village to the tavern or walk up through the village. The ruins are still about a 25 min walk away. Not much left but there are some great views from the top.
Written September 9, 2022
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Anna K
Mansfield, CT25 contributions
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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Hathor01
Sheffield, UK67 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Having read the description in our Lonely Planet guide, we decided to visit ancient Polyrinnia. I'd say this was an exciting excursion for the view and a challenging walk up a big hill, but not for the archeological findings. We managed it with our 3 year old, but it wasn't easy going.

This site is probably only of archeological interest to the most dedicated ruin-hunters - not much to see beyond rubble in the shrubbery really, hard to get an appreciation of the site or the buildings, and virtually no information available. We parked in the village and it was a tricky walk up the very top of the hill - wear good shoes (some scrambling paths). Views totally amazing though.

Aptera was a much better choice for more dramatic archeology, and for ease of access.
Written July 8, 2017
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Tracy W
Leeds, UK30 contributions
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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Ben S
Taunton, UK80 contributions
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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David G
Nottingham, UK52 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
A wonderful site the church especially. The information office is better than many so called professional sites.
The hamlet reflects the ages past and the archeological remains allow you to see former glories in your minds eye.
We'll worth your time and effort.
Written June 22, 2018
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Ruth C
Aylesbury, UK791 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We came across this town by accident while looking for the Sirikari gorge and what a wonderful accident. Sadly Crete is not blessed with beautiful villages but this is definitely up there. The information centre was excellent with a very clean WC (several in the village) and lots of walking maps of the town and surrounding area. We walked up to the very top and the view was incredible - Well worth the effort. There are lots of interesting ruins and the Sirikari gorge at the bottom of the hill is spectacular.
Written May 26, 2018
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NatalijaNatasa
Belgrade, Serbia70 contributions
Aug 2017
I've been here a few times and, every time is just like the first - amazing, different, worth every minute spent to breath in the past and enjoy the present, while taking some new photos...
Written October 20, 2017
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marknkatehs
19 contributions
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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Fred B
Montreal, Canada696 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
A wonderful site - true mostly rubble and bones and dreams of the 1st Century but in our times a magnificent view and intriguing Roman ruin of a real prosperous town. The wall home 6 km through olive groves in wonderful and a treasure. We say stones are forever but it is the dreams and life that endure
Written March 12, 2018
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