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Address: Akrotiri, Crete, Greece

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Wanted to go to the beach

But was not easy with a 3 year old. As told before bring enough water and good shoes and something to cover yourself. We didn't see this before we arrived but luckily the place is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

But was not easy with a 3 year old. As told before bring enough water and good shoes and something to cover yourself. We didn't see this before we arrived but luckily the place is being refurnished atm and even the priest let us in. Very kind of him. We went to the first ruins but had to stop there... More 

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Thank djgejl
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked down the steps which are a good hike and found the caves on route- fascinating that they were also used as chapels!!!And the Bear Cave somehow had a calm and slightly spooky aura, the huge stalagmite/stalagtite in the other must be over 4m high-incredible!! But then the ruins on the bridge are so pretty, small chapel on the... More 

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Thank AllieandBert
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

When I read about this place I immediatly wanted to visit. I have a massive fear of heights so I found the way down quite scary. But totally worth it and I'm very proud of myself that I did it. :)

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Thank FogintheValley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Passing through the monastery garden you come to a trail leading down to two abandoned churches, and at the bottom, a blissful swimming hole. Go early in the morning. Wear hiking shoes. Bring water, swimsuit, and something to cover yourself up for visiting the holy places. Please take your trash with you and leave a few euros for the monks... More 

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Thank Thalia T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Actually there is no entrance fee and the hike from parking takes approximately 30 minutes but it is all worth it. The view and atmosphere there is incredible. I have never been to similar place although I have traveled quite a lot. So prepare a good pair of shoes and enjoy every step:)

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Thank Rugile M
Padova, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

We reached the site after visiting the nearby Holy Trinity Monastery, along nice climbing up to a relevant height. Could not visit the Monastery due to time table, from outside it didn't look so attractive. The landscape is beautiful letting the sight wandering on open hills and waters.

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Thank Doctor G 06
GREECE&CYPRUS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

The monks of the monastery preserve this ancient site with great care and hard work, they open it to the public out of generosity. It is a spiritual place and is not to be considered as a regular attraction. Visitors should respect it (dress code and silence) This amazing place combines natural beauty, architectural monuments and Christian history. The walk... More 

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Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

The entrance of 7€ as far as i remember per person is quite expensive for this place - especially if you are a family with kids. the monastery is a nice visit, especially if you want a break from the beach. However, Gouvernato is wayyy more interesting- and the walk all the way down to the monastery of St. John... More 

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1 Thank Beekay001
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is a beautiful spiritual place and well worth a visit, BUT !.. some visitors are treating it like a regular attraction shouting and screaming and worse using the holy chapels as their personal lavatory.. please respect it. The path to the sea from Katholiko is closed There is a sign on the gate explaining the rules, dress code etc,follow... More 

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I am not sure if I can add anything of value to what some others have written. There is no entrance fee, and the best way to approach is from the Gouverneto Monastery. Having said this, as of September 2015 the Katholiko Monastery itself was undergoing renovation, but it well worth the walk as the views are marvellous. Make sure... More 

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