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Address: Gramvousa, Crete 73400, Greece
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Getting to Gramvousa island is a good idea. You should get a small boat from Castelli. After Gramvousa the boat goes to Balos, a must see place. Gramvousa sea is really amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 25, 2016
Athens, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Getting to Gramvousa island is a good idea. You should get a small boat from Castelli. After Gramvousa the boat goes to Balos, a must see place. Gramvousa sea is really amazing and the color cannot be described but only illustrated by a photo !! On the top of the island there is an ancient fortress with an amazing view... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

137 meters high a lot of climbing but once you get in the top the views are breathtaking. The castle is mostly ruins. The water is crystal clear. Its Definitely worth a visit usually combined with balos lagoon

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We stopped here as part of a boat trip along with Balos. The ferry pulls into a slipway. The beach is lovely, if a but stony getting to the water. Clear beautiful water surrounds you. However the real attraction is the 16th century Venetian castle. It is a 10min hike up to the castle but totally worth the effort as... More 

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Sarzana, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I love this place: you have history, beach and reef. You can be there by boat, starting from Kissamos or Falassarna harbors, and the trip is less than 1 hour. I suggest to have walking shoes if you want to climb the hill and visit the castle (amazing view included); in any case I suggest to have proper shoes because... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We booked this trip through Thomson "TUI", it was an hour and a half drive to the boat which was fine. This trip was sold to us as a trip to Gramvousa, we only actually had about an hour at Gramvousa! We were herded onto a massive boat being pushed and shoved by people who have no concept of queuing... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We took a Thomas Cook excursion. It went to the island and the only people there were from our boat which was great. You can simply enjoy the beach and wandering around the island without going to the fortress at the top, but we wanted to say, "we did it!" so we climbed and we climbed and we climbed. It... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Loved Gramvousa Island, and wanted more time here. We took a boat from Kissamos (27 euros per person plus 2 euro cash fee) which went to Balos then Gramvousa. We did the Fortress hike right away, it was so hot, so that made for a tough climb, but worth it ! The views are amazing from the fortress and not... More 

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Zug, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Great sightseeing spot, located on nice, non populated island... Only one citizen of the island, fishermen, selling self made necklaces from see pebbles.... Nice to see.

Thank sanda27
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

All i can say is WOW! The view is spectacular.. First, from the beggining. We went on a tour trip from Ammoudara to Kissamos by bus and than, to Gramvousa and Balos by boat. When we arrived at Gramvousa, we hiked to the fortress for 20-30 min. It was worth it! The view was... WOW! Photos say more than words..... More 

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Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Small cozy beach for short visit while the cruise ship is waiting. Person has the option to climb the stone stairs 400++ meters to the fortress, not recommended to people with difficulties with moving. But the view is magnificent from the top of the mountain :)

1 Thank Rauli M

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