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Katholiko Monastery

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Katholiko Monastery

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Nobody wants to waste vacation time waiting outside an attraction, especially in high temperatures. With this priority-access ticket to the Knossos archaeological site, you can breeze past ticket-purchase lines to explore what was the birthplace of Minoan civilization and according to myth, the seat of King Minos. Prebook your skip-the-line ticket, travel independently to the site, and roam the partially restored relics of Minos’ palace and courtyards independently.
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Shelleyash wrote a review Oct 2019
San Diego, California1,835 contributions286 helpful votes
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You can find the Katholico Monastery by using GPS to take you to the Gouverneto Monastery on the north tip of Akrotiri peninsula in Chania Crete. Park in the lot when you arrive, pay the attendant the cost of 2.50 euro fee at the entrance. Then you can explore the Gouverneto Monastery and when you finish, continue along the path to the wooden gate. Go through the gate that opens up into a field and keep walking straight ahead. There is a memorial there for the Akrotiri people who were executed by the Nazi's during WW2. There is a sign telling you about the Monastery of St. John. It flourished during the Byzantine and Venetian domination periods. The monks lived in caves in the rocks. Bring water with you if it is a hot day, there are many steps to go up and down. About 5 minutes down the trail you will find a cave, bell, ruins, and church or shrine. I went inside the cave as far as I could (on hands and knees) and a bat flew toward me when I shined my light in the crevice. You can actually see drops of water on the tips of stalactites inside the cave so you see how they form. After exploring the cave and ruins continue on another 20 minutes down a lot of steep steps to get to the Catholic church ruins. There are a lot of good views of the ocean going down this path. At the end it took me 25 minutes to get back to the Gouveneto Monastery. I am in good shape and I went up the stairs as quickly as I could without a break. If you walk to the bottom and go under the bridge toward the ocean you will reach the water in another 25 minutes. The ruins of the Catholic Monastery are interesting, there are several large buildings there, a church with curtains and pictures of saints and a wooden wall built inside. There is a big bridge connecting the sides of the ravine. There are some more caves, one of which is much longer than the first one on the trail. I followed a rope down to a large stalactite and then continued on a bit further in. You need a light, there are stones to trip on. It was a very interesting hike, be sure to read the few signs along the way to appreciate the history. The weather was perfect in October and the walk was enjoyable. Agia Triada, the Holy Trinity Monastery is nearby and also Seitan Limania beach is beautiful and about 7 km away, but it will take a while to hike down to it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Heli K wrote a review Oct 2019
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This must be one of my favorite hikes. Breathtaking views all the way down to the ruins of the monastery, with a refreshing swim in the old harbor. Reading about the interesting history of the monastery made the hike all the more fascinating.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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joanneb22015 wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
We visited mid morning and found the hike challenging in the heat, but rewarding. We were looking to do incorporate some exercise so arrived at the sea in just under an hour (having stopped for photos etc and to enjoy the scenery) and back up took about 40 mins. You could easily take longer and do it at a more leisurely pace. It wasn't that clear where the path was after the bridge, but there was a group ahead of us so we followed them. You do have to scramble a bit straight after the bridge but only for 20m or so, then it becomes an easier path. The reward, when you get to the sea, was worth it. When we paid our 2.50 euro at the car park, a very helpful gentleman reminded us that the monks have requested no swimming at the cove. Unfortunately the group ahead of us had ignored that and were diving in and being loud. It was a shame and disrespectful imho. All in all, certainly worth doing. Follow the signs to Triada Monestary and take the road a further 3km to Gouverneto to start the hike there. The last bit of road is quite windy and narrow!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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boothfenn wrote a review Sep 2019
Sunderland50 contributions23 helpful votes
Reguler traveller to crete and spotted this on You Tube Thought it may take some finding but the newer monastery is well signposted after you pass chania airport Can't believe people are moaning about paying,it was 2.5 euro !! ..Its like an Indian jones location ,super cool We walked down to the coast ,not much to see but we love stuff like that .Tough going coming back but do able at any age if you're reasonably fit
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Billy H wrote a review Sep 2019
Shropshire, United Kingdom16 contributions15 helpful votes
A long boring walk that you have to pay for. Ok on a cold day unless you love walking in the heat. Much better views, canyons,architecture and coves elsewhere that you don’t have to fund.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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