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Nice walk down to the monastery but don't expect too much. Some ruins with some trash and areas... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stockholm, Sweden
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We walked past the closed monastery (Wednesday) and walked to the bear cave. Very nice cave with... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2017
Vaals, The Netherlands
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Akrotiri, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice walk down to the monastery but don't expect too much. Some ruins with some trash and areas used as toilet. Bring water and I recommend not to walk middle of the day in the summer as we did as it gets really warm. Better...More

Thank ppdan
Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

We walked past the closed monastery (Wednesday) and walked to the bear cave. Very nice cave with bear shaped stalactite. Then we followed by a step decline to the abandoned monastery. Step but good to walk. We didn't go further down to the beach. In...More

Thank gillissg
Reviewed April 24, 2017

We loved every minute of our trek through the mountains down to the monastery. The cave of the hermit was fascinating as were the little inhabited caves across the way. The monastery at the bottom is totally worth the way down and climb back up!...More

Thank emily t
Reviewed April 12, 2017

The Monasteries and Katholiko path to beach is a must! The hike down (and up) is about 2km, so come prepared with shoes and water. The ruins and cove are stunning. Truly a gem. This is not a sandy beach but well worth the walk...More

Thank DEcho5
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

Found that place by accident , we didnt even know what it actually was. Even though we totally loved the trek down and enjoyed all the beautiful caves on the hills (with amazing stones formations inside them) and the ancient bridge ! The whole trek...More

Thank Karol W
Reviewed April 1, 2017

This area in Akrotiri is very beautiful, especially the stairs down the gorge to the small monastery in a cave.

Thank stefanandriano
Reviewed December 25, 2016

The way down is not so easy as you have to climb down so its about 40min down and 40min up, Never go when its too sunny cos it can be very very hot,when we have been there the weather was cloudy.Its a bit difficult...More

Thank K_Krisztina_Varga
Reviewed November 24, 2016

There are two monasteries located relatively close to each other but there is one major difference between them. One is accessible by car and the other ruined one is only accessible by foot. If you are able I totally recommend that you visit both and...More

1  Thank totti19922016
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

There are two monasteries close to each other: the first you will see is well ranked by trip advisor fans because it can be reached by coach and this one is up a winding road but of the two make the effort and you will...More

Thank henry16
Reviewed October 18, 2016

The ruined Katholiko monastery is part of the current Gouvernetou monastery, which is signposted from Chania Airport, and as such the usual church dress code and request for no photography should be respected when visiting the ruins. These are accessed through the monastery garden and...More

Thank ian_bridson
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February 17, 2017|
Response from ian_bridson | Reviewed this property |
follow the steps down to the left when you reach what seems to be just a cliff edge, then past the cave entrance down some more steps to the monastery ruin itself and the bridge, which you can see from the cave and is only... More
February 17, 2017|
Response from AllieandBert | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes you continue walking past the bear cave, down the steps, they are quite steep but you don't go over the cliff! When you get to the bottom you will see the ruined monastery which spans the gorge, there is also a small... More