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A dizzying drive up a twisting road ...

...but the views across The Gulf of Mirabello from this remote monastery justify the effort and... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2019
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Quiet and charming

The road up to the monastery is paved and protected with side-barriers. The monastery itself is a... read more

Reviewed October 17, 2018
Carole E
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

...but the views across The Gulf of Mirabello from this remote monastery justify the effort and risk. The fortified building remains home to a few monks who seem adjusted to visitors. We saw only two other vsitors whilst we were there.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

The road up to the monastery is paved and protected with side-barriers. The monastery itself is a very quiet place with a lovely view over the bay. Once inside the monastery you can climb a few stairs to the top to enjoy the view and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Carole E
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

We drove from Hersonissos especially to visit the monastery and it was all closed. Fabulous views but the long drive up twisting and turning hairpin bends wasn’t really worth it! Not sure if the monastery is permanently closed but I would recommend checking before visiting.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2017

The drive up to the monastery was great with beautiful views all the way up. It is very peaceful when you reach the monastery. The monastery itself is not too much look at, but the view is great.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank stefanandriano
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

One of the most stunning views when in Crete. Every drivers dream of a road to get there and the icing on the cake is this gem of a monastery right at the top of the mountain beautifully kept by very welcoming monks. Must do...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank dafydd333
Reviewed June 15, 2016

A peaceful and tranquil place with brilliant views the road up to it just seems to go on forever twisting and winding how on earth did they build that high up but so worth it.

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank jo_rosie
Reviewed March 4, 2016

it is a long way up to get to this monastery but it is a small jewel up in the mountains. the view is absolutely breathtaking

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Jan V
Reviewed October 26, 2015

One of the greatest historical monasteries of Crete, the Monastery of Faneromeni is built into a hillside at an altitude of 450 m over the Minoan city of Gournia. That is why it is widely known as the "Notre Dame Goyrniwn". The year of Foundation...More

Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank GoCreteSafari
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Crete is festooned with churches and monasteries and you can only do so many but this one is worth the effort if only to imagine the effort, expertise and sheer hard work it must have been for the monks to not only build, but for...More

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Michael W
Reviewed September 27, 2015

The drive up to the monastery is lovely; winding roads (well paved), great views and goat herds along the road and hillside. The monastery is well kept and beautiful. The caretaker gave us a private tour and showed us the chapel inside the cave and...More

Date of experience: September 2015
4  Thank banditoo
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