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  • Samaria Gorge : This is the longest gorge in Europe, measuring some 18 kilometres and renowned for its awesome beauty. It is located in the south of the regional unit of Chania, and the park’s core covers an area of 51 square kilometers. At some points the passage is just 3 meters wide and at times the steep sidesrise to a height of 600 meters. One will find rare types of Cretan flora from the cypress and the pine tree to the dittany and wildflowers, while it is also the natural habitat of the wild goat or the kri-kri. The gorge ends in the picturesque village of Agia Roumeli.  In 1962 the area of the Samaria Gorge was declared a National Park, while in 1980 the gorge was decorated as an extremely well protected nature reserve of highest importance.
  • Aradena Gorge : This impressive 7-kilometres-long gorge starts from the southern slopes of theWhite Mountains, north of the abandoned village of Aradena and ends at the Libyan Sea near to the beautiful beach of Marmara. To reach the village of Aradena, you will have to cross the gorge over the wooden-planked bridge which was built as late as 1986. The village itself was abandoned in the 1940s due to a vendetta and one can still imagine how beautiful it must have been.
  • Imbros gorge : This small but full of wildness gorge was the escape route for thousands of Allied troops retreating from the north of the island following the Battle of Crete in 1941 and heading for Chora Sfakion to be taken off by ships. Imbros gorge originates from the last houses of the Imbros village and ends after 8 kilometres in the village of Komitades.
  • Kallikratis gorge : This is a relatively small gorge in the southeast region of White Mountains. The trail in the gorge is part of the E4 European long distance path. The gorge connects the mountainous pasture lands with the lowland villages. It is a very pleasant walk, offering great views and rare flowers, but is not very popular to tourists compared to the neighbouring gorges of Imbros and Samaria.
    Theriso gorge : This gorge is the nearest gorge to the city of Chania and the only one which can be crossed by car or other transportation means. The main portion of the gorge is 6 kilometres long.
  • Agia Eirini gorge : The valley starts above the village of Agia Eirini (at the water dividing line between north and south Crete), narrows to a gorge a little south of the village and ends in Sougia. The gorge has a length of 7,5 kilometres and it has been classified as a wildlife sanctuary by the Ministry of Agriculture
  • Vrissi gorge : One of the nicest gorges of Crete is that of Vrissi on the north side of the White Mountains, crossed by the river Vrissiotis. In the gorge there is the cave – underground river with water springs, while many waterfalls of exquisite beauty are met in several places.
  • Sarakina gorge : Near village Meskla at the root of the White Mountains, we meet the small, but really impressive, gorge of Sarakina. The name comes from the faith of the locals that Saracenes used to hide in there. Locating the gorge is not very easy, therefore it remains quite unknown to locals. It is a short (in length) gorge but is a real natural sculpture. It is literally hidden in a ravine with some huge cypress and plane trees.
  • Topolia gorge : The gorge of Topolia is located at West Crete and it runs along the road leading to Elafonissi. The narrowest and most impressive part of the gorge is located between Katsomatados and Topolia where the side rocks are very high and vertical. The canyon is crossed by the River Tyflos. The canyon and the wider area hosts rare and endemic plants of Crete, while the Cave of Agia Sophia houses a species of cave spider that lives only there (Pholcus creticus).
  • Sirikari gorge : Sirikari is located 55 kilometres west of Chania city, in a lush green area with canyons and water streams. The road to Sirikari is paved and runs through the dense vegetation, indicating the beauty of the area at the very first moment. From here begins the beautiful canyon of Sirikari leading to the settlement of Polirinia, where the ancient town of Polirinia was built. Near Sirikari is formed an amazing forest with tall chestnut trees, waterfalls and gurgling streams. It is not the only chestnut wood in Chania prefecture, as there are several ones around to the slopes of the White Mountains. However, it is one of the most beautiful and covers quite a large area. Next to Sirikari, in Sineniana, there are two old watermills in very good condition.
  • Avlaki gorge : It is located near the monastery Gouverneto, 16 kilometres east of Chania city. It is one of the most important gorges in Crete with a particular religious value, as many monks and hermits found shelter in its caves. Inside the small canyon there is the deserted Katholiko monastery, perhaps the oldest monastery in Crete. Thus, the gorge is also called Katholiko Gorge. The gorge is not accessible in all its length, but there is a paved path that starts from the Monastery of Our Lady of Angels Gouverneto and heads to Katholiko monastery. At the exit of the gorge, a narrow and rocky fjord is shaped with deep blue waters. There is a small Venetian well, a small harbor where the monks parked and repaired their boats and the quarry for the materials of the monastery. Also, here is a boat-shaped rock, which is said to be a pirate ship that was petrified by the curses of the abbot of the monastery.Diktamos gorge : This gorge starts 21 kilometres east of Chania, next to the village Katochori at an altitude of 300 metres, and ends 8 kilometres eastern, at the village Faragi, at an altitude of 40 metres, next to the village of Stylos. The canyon is beautiful and lush with huge trees and has many steep slopes where the endemic herb of Crete, dittany or diktamos, grows.
  • Eligia gorge : The gorge of Eligia is wild, long and impressive. The trail to reach the gorge’s bed starts in Agios Ioannis village in Sfakia, at a 780 metres’ altitude. The canyon is full of pine trees, while in some places the descent is so steep that ropes have been placed. Also, near the starting point of the gorge we meet the debris of one Belgian aircraft crashed here during NATO exercises in 1976. Two aircrafts had crashed back then, and there were no survivors.
  • Kavis gorge : The gorge of Kavi is located a few kilometers west of Chora Sfakion. It is considered to be one of the longest and wildest of Sfakia area and despite located next to Chora Sfakion, it remains unknown to many people. Apart from the main stream, in Kavis fall other 5 sub-gorges, extremely wild. Access to its bed is better to be achieved through the ruined village of Mouri or above Anopolis where the road leads to Ahlada position, from where you can follow the trail that leads easily to the bed at the point where there is an 700 years old chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross. The chapel is full of frescoes, completely neglected and forgotten by all.
  • Pelkaniotis gorge : At a forgotten area of the region Selino in South Chania, you will meet the well hidden gorge of Pelekaniotis River. It is the river with the most water flow in Selino and it is so important that the whole municipality of Paleochora is named Pelekanos. It has water all year round and forms a lush green valley at its exit, at Maherota location. The steep canyon cliffs are home to dozens of birds of prey that accompany the hiker throughout the course. At the western shore, one can meet the chapel of Agios Mamas with frescoes in excellent condition. The existence of Agios Mamas, despite its importance, is completely unknown even to locals. Opposite Agios Mamas, there is also the old whitewashed chapel of Agios Georgios.
  • Tromarissa gorge : The Gorge of Tromarissa is located near the village Zourva and it is said that it gets its name after the myths about fairies and goblins that scared passersby at the position where we meet the spring of Tromarissa (tromazo means get scared in Greek). Along the way of the gorge, there are about 37 waterfalls of small and medium height, with the highest being 17metres.
  • Roka gorge : The gorge is located 32 kilometres west of Chania, in the area of Kolymbari, and has a length of 2 kilometres. In the settlement of Roka, there is Trouli hill, where you can still see the ruins of a Byzantine fortress.
  • Klados gorge : Gorge Klados is one of the most dangerous and inaccessible gorges of Crete. The top (starting point) of the canyon is located at position Kokkinovari in a steep slope, 90-100 meters high. The very loose and steep terrain makes access impossible even with technical equipment. So, the only way to know this natural sculpture is to walk upside down from the beautiful beach Domata or meet the riverbed 3 hours before reaching the exit of Klados.
  • Kandanos gorge : The Gorge of Kandanos is a place of exquisite naturalistic and historical importance, which is today endangered by the operation of a large quarry. This gorge hosted the first battle between armed residents against governmental troops in the history of the Second World War. Apart from its historical significance, the canyon is full with cypress trees and dense vegetation. Moreover the canyon is still crossed by the wonderful stone road that headed to Chania, built by the local people (end of 1920s). The road is an excellent sample of preindustrial construction.
  • Sfakiano gorge or Vartholoma or Lago : It is located 2 kilometres east of Chora Sfakion. Starting at an altitude of 1200 meters its ends at the Libyan Sea. The canyon has a length of 6.5 kilometres and walking along its riverbank is very easy. This canyon is one of the greenest gorges in Crete, with incredibly interesting flora. Oaks, cypresses and pines are the main trees in Sfakiano Gorge. Half There is a church (of Agios Pavlos) in the gorge, which was built by the locals in 1407.
  • Asfentou gorge : Shortly before reaching the deserted village Kolokasia, within the gorge it is worth visiting the wall painted cavernous church of Agios Antonios. Kolokasia is one of the finest examples of authentic traditional Cretan architecture, with arches dividing the houses into 4 parts. There are also two chapels still surviving, dedicated to Agios Georgios Virgin Mary.
  • Gosti gorge : The canyon of Chosti is formed by the small settlement of Hosti in Chania, amid one of the most beautiful and lush green place of Crete. Away from the known tourist routes, it remains completely unknown and yet untouched. You will not find in any tourist guide referring to it, though it is a jewel of western Crete and is one of the most beautiful small canyons small, which can be easily crossed without any canyoning equipment. During winter, its bed is covered by water and, near the end of the canyon, small but amazing waterfalls get formed. Due to the high rainfalls in the area, the trees in the canyon exceed 20 meters in height and the forest is reminiscent of northern Europe.
  • Lissos gorge : Through the gorge of Lissos passes the trail that connects Sougia to Ancient Lissos. It’s a long canyon with imposing towering walls, but the path that leads to ancient Lissos covers only a small part of the route, taking only about 1 hour. At the exit of the path from the side of Lissos we meet ancient Lissos with the temple of Asclepius with floor mosaic, scattered ruins of the ancient city, tombs, a Roman theater and the church of Agios Kirikos that was built on the site of an early Christian church.
  • Boriana gorge : The lush canyon of Boriana (mainly known as Karanou Gorge) starts from the village Boriana and joins the River Mavropiliotis after 1800 metres in a nicely landscaped trail. Along the trail we meet a ruined watermill, caves, entrances of the old iron ore quarries (known locally as quarries of Averof), a charcoal furnace and galleries.
  • Diplohahalo gorge : At the furthest tip of Akrotiri Cape there is the gorge of Diplochachalo. This is a small, stunning and purely technical canyon with 6 descents, 2 of which are quite high. It starts just below the quarry that dominates the area. Its short course, except for the descents, forms impressive rock shelters and formations in with imposing slopes. In the middle of the biggest waterfall there is a beautiful cave with stalactites and stalagmites which goes about 20 metres deep. The exit of the gorge is right on the sandy beach of Stefanou.
  • Anydri gorge : The small but impressive gorge of Anydri is located east of Paleochora. It starts from the village Anidri and after a course of about 3km long, it concludes at the beach Gialiskari. Hiking in the canyon is easy and is done along the stream, which in summer has no water.
  • Panagias Arkoudiotissas cave : It is also known as the “Cave of the bear”, since there is a gray stalagmite in the form of a bear near the entrance of the cave. According to the local legend, Virgin Mary did the bear stone when she went to drink the water of the monk, at a chapel inside of the cave, which is now dedicated to Her. Archaeologists claim that in antiquity the cave was a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Artemis, who was transformed into a bear.
  • Gourgouthakas cave : In 1998 a group of scientists managed to reach the bottom of it in depth of 1208 metres. In later years, scientists have discovered the incomparable beauty of chaotic downhill, waterfalls, canyons and lakes, developed in the depths of this cave.
  • Cave of the lion : This cave is the 2nd deepest in the country and 60th in the world rankings, with a depth of 1110 metres and lengths of 2850 metres. The entrance to the “lion” is located at an altitude of 1600 metres and a strong cold air stream comes out of it, indicating its enormous size. In its first part, i.e. from the entrance to the depth of 480 metres, the cave is relatively dry, narrow and steep with small vertical descents. After 480 metres, the topography of the cave changes, since it turns into an underground river which flows through areas with large dimensions (width up to 20 metres, height 20 to 30 metres). The flow progressively increases with depth, reaching 200 liters/second at its bottom. In the deeper parts of the cave, many waterfalls and lakes are formed. At its deepest point (i.e. 1110 metres depth, altitude 530 metres above sea level) the cave stops at a siphon (water lake) which requires diving to continue exploration.
  • The cave of Agios Ioannis the Hermit : The legend says that Agios Ioannis (Saint John) the Hermit, who is the founder of the monastery (the earliest maybe onf Crete), lived alone there, with no clothes or other objects and was wandering around that area. A hunter accidentally hit him, assuming he was an animal, and the Hermit, before leaving his last breath, asked the hunter to take him inside the cave, to die. So it is said, that the bones found there at some point in the depth of the cave, are those of Agios Ioannis the Hermit.
  • Elephant Cave : This is an underwater cave, with the entrance of it at a depth of 10 metres below sea level, under “Cape Drepano” in Chania. This cave has approximately 125 metres length and an average width of 25 metres. It is full of stalagmites and stalagtites, who either spring up from the sea or hang down from the ceiling. This cave is aired, and one can breathe easily, but even more interesting than that is the fact that bones of unknown elephant species were found there. The cave is a refuge of the protected species of Mediterranean seal, Monachous Monachous.
  • Tzanis cave : Tzanis Cave or Katavothra or Chonos, is located in Omalos Plateau in Chania. It reaches a length of 2500 metres and a depth of 280 metres. Since 1961 caver groups of different nationalities explore the cave. Tzanis is accessible, but is not organized for tourists. Cave Tzanis has taken its name from the legendary chieftain of Lakki, Markos Tzanis or Fovos (meaning Fear).
  • Agia Sofia cave : The cave of Agia Sofia is located 47 kilometres southwest of Chania, on the western walls of the gorge Topolia. The cave is located near the main road to Elafonisi. On the left of the cave entrance, there is the small church of Agia Sofia. The entrance of the cave has a width of 25 metres, while the height reaches 20 metres in many points. The cave has two rooms at different height, the surface of which is full of stalagmites. In the cave, a clay figurine dating from the 4th century BC has been found. Moreover, Neolithic, Early Minoan, Late Minoan, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman pottery traces have also been found.
  • Asfendou cave : Asfendou cave is located near the village of Sfakia, on a steep slope at position Skordalakia. This small rock shelter which has been secured by a protective wall would not have a particular interest cave, but hides inside a priceless treasure, very old carvings on the stone. A visit to the cave requires meeting the man at the village that holds the key for the door since the cave is locked. This small cave is very interesting since in 1960 engraved Paleolithic rock carvings were discovered on the floor near the entrance, on a stalagmite-plate, engraved with primitive tools. They were accidentally discovered by a priest, while hunting. There are two different theories about their age. Overall, the carvings were made at different times, thus they often overlap. There are figurative carvings, depicting scenes of deer or antelope, bow and arrow, javelin, and perhaps ship or branches. There are also abstract carvings, linear and tectonic, and others formed with about 800 small engraved dots, that still have not been explained. These paintings show the presence of hunters in Sfakia mountains that were either older than the Neolithic era, or survived in Neolithic times, isolated, continuing a tradition of centuries.
  • Ellinospilios cave : Ellinospilios cave is a beautiful cave of Afrata area where significant archaeological findings have been revealed, such as tombs. In some places there are ponds with water, where bubbles float from calcareous material, considered a rare cavernous material. With the slightest water turbulence bubbles break and produce a noise like tearing of fabric.
  • White Mountains or Lefka Ori : The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. They consist mainly of limestone, from light grey to bluish or black color. The “White Mountains” have got their name from the perpetual white or off white color of their peaks as the off white of limestone during the summer and fall interchanges with the snow that covers the peaks until late in spring. The Lefka Ori has a rich history as a hiding place for rebels during Cretan uprisings against the Venetian and Ottoman rulers, as well as during German Occupation. They are home to both of Greece’s caves with depths greater than one kilometer, Gourgouthakas and the Cave of the Lion.
  • Kournas Lake : Kournas Lake is the only lake with fresh water in Crete, and is situated close to the border with Rethymno regional unit. This natural lake has a perimeter of 3.5 kilometres, covering an area of 579.000 square metres and was created by the holdback of the underwater that comes from the White Mountains, the resistant rocks and the lie of the natural cavity. The lake is surrounded by a greenery environment with rare plants and trees. The dark color of the lake is caused from the seaweeds coming from the depth of the lake. Many animals, such as eels, water snakes and a rare species of bi-coloured terrapin, find shelter here.
  • Agia lake : This lake consists of 1,82 square kilometers of protected land and is also a wetland where a rare kind of frog that is endangered lives. Lately many irrigation headquarters for the water supply of the city have dramatically reduced the size of the pond and has turned into swamps in many spots. The purpose of local government is have an Environmentalist Park and Museum, close to the lake.
  • Valsamiotis dam : The dam of Valsamiotis is located near the village Vatolakos at Kissamos Province and has water capacity of 6 million cubic meters. It was inaugurated in 2014 and since then it has turned to one of the most important wetlands in West Crete.
  • Maherida pond : The pond of Maherida is located at the area of Tersanas in Akrotiri, just 14 kilometres east of Chania city, next to the beach of Maherida. It is an impressive karstic doline, where springs with brackish water gush. This small lake is an important wetland hosting water snakes, turtles and migratory birds.

There are quite a few small rivers that can be found within the Prefecture of Chania, such as River Platanias, Cladissos River, Elfinas River, River Kavros, River Tyflos, Mavropiliotis River, River Vryssanos or Vrissiotis or Mpoutakas, River Xidias and number of Rivers Kiliaris.

  • Souda islet : Souda is the name of the small island that stands like a guard in the entrance of the gulf of Souda., a natural harbor protected by the high mountains the east of Chania, on the northeast side of the port of Chania. On its northwest side, there is another smaller and round island, named Leon, recorded on Venetian maps as the “island of rabbits” (Scoglio dei Conigli). In ancient times, the two islands were called Lefkai (White), as Stephen from Byzantium, recorded. Their name came from an ancient Greek legend in which it is said that the Sirens were defeated by the Muses in a music game and worried so much, that their feathers fell from their shoulders, got white and remained in to sea and the islands were shaped. The islet was called “Fraronisi” (Fraros or Floros is a Catholic monk) until it was fortified, when it was renamed “Souda” after the gulf. The old monastery of Agios Nikolaos is still surviving on the islet.
  • Gavdos : Gavdos is the southernmost Greek and European edge, about 50 kilometres from Chora Sfakion. The population is about 100 people, but the number goes over 3500 people, in summertime, when people go there for holidays (most of them are campers).
  • Theodorou : This island is located in the community of Agia Marina. It is a rocky island, with an area of 2,82 square kilometers, with the maximum length of up to 3800 metres. The island has a rich history and legends. The island is a shelter for chamois, ibex, kri-kri, wild goats, rare bird species, and other mammals, such as rabbits and rats.
  • Gramvousa islet : The island of Imeri Gramvousa is located 20 kilometres northwest of Kissamos, opposite the imposing Cape of Gramvousa. Gramvousa is famous for its historical Venetian fortress, which still stands at a height of 137 metres, over the beach. The fort had also been used by pirates. One legend tells that there is a great treasure buried in the island. Also, the old wreck that was abandoned many years ago near the beach, has become an characteristic part of the landscape. On the south side of the island there are two large bays, with the wreck being between them. The beach with the fantastic turquoise color, has white sand and rocks in places. Some tamarisk trees are near the beach, offering natural shade. The seabed of the area is ideal for a snorkeling. Not many amenities are offered in the area, because it is protected under Natura 2000 program.
  • Fortress of Intzedin : The fortress of Intzedin lies about 14 kilometres east of Chania near the village Kalami. It was built in 1872 by Reouf Pasha, in the same location as the first Turks in 1646 dispelling the Venetians built Tower. This was the main defensive work of the port of Souda, the most important natural harbor of Crete and was named in honor of the firstborn son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. It had barracks, hospital and other facilities. In the later years of the medieval fortress of Intzedin was used as a prison for political prisoners, common-law prisoners and death row inmates. It is classed as a historic monument.
  • Ancient city of Aptera : The strategic position of the ancient city of Aptera, with two harbors, the Minoa (current Marathi) and Kissamos (near present-day Huts) in the entrance of the natural Gulf, provided the possibility of controlling the movement of trade. This city ruled large land area, mainly flat and fertile, which crossed to the South and East of the river “Pytktos” (today called “Koiliaris”). The earliest mention of the name occurs in the linear b script tablets of Knossos (14th-13th century BC). According to the findings of archaeological research but also the testimonies of ancient geographers and historians populating this Hill begins in the 8th century BC and continues uninterruptedly until the 7th century AD, so due to strong earthquakes and pirate raids the city deserted. For the origin of its name there are many beliefs, most of which seem to be the epithet of Artemis: Artemis Aptera. According to another legend, the name comes from the mythical race that was among the Muses and Sirens, which defeated the sirens, they flew their wings (left apteres), became white and fell into the sea
  • Gramvoussa Castle : The castle was built on a steep hill of the islet Imeri Gramvousa, at the tip of the peninsula, to protect the small natural harbor, as part of a wider fortification project of Crete at the end of the Venetian rule. Its construction started in 1584 with the designs and the supervision of Latino Orsini. The shape of the fortress is irregular, with walls and bastions on three of its sides, while in the north it is protected by inaccessible rocks. The protected gate is on the eastern side and leads through a vaulted “stoa” to the inside of the fortress. The castle covered an extensive area and included underground reservoirs that collected the rain water, foundations of buildings, the church of the Annunciation and the gunpowder warehouse. The walls are built with local limestone, apart from the cordone, which consists of chiselled sandstone.
  • Ancient Falasarna : The location of the ancient Falasarna is at the western edge of Gramvoussa Peninsula on the West coast of Crete. Falasarna were one of the most important ports of Crete, with the main peak in the 4th and 3rd century BC and the origin of the name is from the nymph-local heroine “Falasarni”. In subsequent years the city has played an important role in the maritime trade of Western Crete with the construction of the closed port and fortification.
  • Ancient Lissos : Lissos is an ancient city, the ruins of which are preserved between Paleochora (West) and Sougia (East), on the South coast of the Prefecture of Chania. Lissos in antiquity was known for the infamous Asklepieion, where used patients from all over the island thanks to the healing waters of the region. The Asklepieion was destroyed by a major earthquake, but survives the mosaic floor of depicting animals and geometric shapes is open during the morning hours to visit. From the Byzantine times to the present day it has been a local, agricultural and religious centre, with the churches of Ai-Kirkos and Panagia built on the ruins of Paleochristian basilicas. Excavations at Lissos, have revealed many statues, and other treasures and it is believed that there is still a lot to be found.
  • Ancient Tarra (Agia Roumeli) : Tarra was a small, independent harbor – town, where, according to the tradition, Apollo and Artemis took refuge, after Pythos was murdered at Delphi. Here Apollo fell in love with nymph Akakkalis in poet Carmanora’s home and from their union were born the founders of the city of Elyros, Phylakis and Philandros. Tarra was a town of west Crete, near the opening of Samaria gorge, at the position of the modern settlement Agia Roumeli, at a short distance from the sea, on a hill on the left (eastern) bank of the stream flowing along the Gorge of Samaria. It was possibly founded in the classical times and was an important religious centre of the Dorians, with many temples and rich offerings. Apollo of Tarra was the main god that was worshipped there. The scattered remains of buildings that were found probably come from the temple of Apollo of Taurus. He founded the homonymous colony in Caucasus. The city was continuously inhabited, from the early archaic times to the Roman times. Although the city was small, it was independent, as it had its own coins, which depicted the Cretan goat on the one side and a bee on the other side, probably suggesting the jobs of its inhabitants.
  • Fortress of Fragokastello : The Venetian barons of Chania asked Venice to build a fortress in Sfakia, for their protection from the pirates and the rebellions of the native people. The Senate, however, was unwilling to do this, as the cost was too high. In 1371 the construction of the fortress began and it was completed in 1374. Meanwhile the local people tried to prevent its completion, destroying in the night what had been built during the day. The name Frangokastello (the castle of the Franks, that is, the Catholics) was given to the new fortress, echoing the contempt of the local people towards the conquerors. It is a rectangular building with vertical walls and four-sided towers at its 4 corners, of which the north-western one is the biggest. The towers and the walls end in jagged embrasures. The main entrance was in the south. However, in its present-day form it is a reconstruction from the 19th century. From the preserved old elements it is obvious that the ground floor was vaulted and the eastern part was reconstructed many times. The largest tower is preserved with fewer interventions. It was a very important defensive element of the fortress, as it had room for a larger number of fighters and better visibility. Interesting Venetian pottery items, mainly from the 16th century, coins and seals were found during cleaning works.
  • Ancient Diktinna : The ancient Diktinna, which flourished during the Roman times, is located 45 kilometers southwest of Chania and it was a sacred place dedicated to Artemis Britomarti which was goddess of the hunt.
  • Firkas Fortress : At the northwest side of the harbor of the city of Chania, the Venetians built the Revellino del Porto, a fortification work capable of preventing any hostile threat to the port. Its construction started in the middle of the 16th century and was completed some years before the fall of the city to the Ottomans in 1645. During the Ottoman rule, the Revellino was used mainly as barracks (Firka = barracks), a name it has until today. The vaulted firing posts have been used as prisons from the Ottoman rule to the Civil War. On December 1st 1913 the flag of the Union of Crete with Greece was raised symbolically on the small tower at the corner of the fortress.
  • Ancient Polirinia : The ancient city of Polyrinia stood in place of the current village of Polyrinia Kissamos, 6 kilometers south from Kastelli. It is called so because it had many “Rinea”, namely sheep. The city flourished especially in the classics and especially in Roman times, and as powerful political center and had two wonderful harbors, Kissamos and Falasarna. The ruins of Polirinia found in today’s village of Polyrinia. At the top of the Hill was the Acropolis that had t-shaped, from where the view was immense There are two aqueducts, dug in the rock and around these cave, dedicated to the nymphs, which today is called “Peristerospilios. Through a hole in the cavern, it comes out hot air. They have also found the foundations of houses and other buildings, which were identified as temples, tombs, and numerous inscriptions.