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Katholiko Monastery

Akrotiri, Crete, Greece
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Cool spot

Nice, relatively easy hike. Really cool to see the monastery at the end. Recommend to step into the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Livelife88
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Worth the effort!

This Monastery is the oldest on the Akrotiri peninsula and the hardest to reach. It was built in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Giulia P
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Akrotiri, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, relatively easy hike. Really cool to see the monastery at the end. Recommend to step into the cave on the way down, has a really eerie feeling and is completely silent inside.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Monastery is the oldest on the Akrotiri peninsula and the hardest to reach. It was built in the 11th century and its ruins are beautiful and impressive. The hike is not easy, but the view of the mountains and the sea on the way...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

If at the monastery you need to pay 2.50 pp for entering but also for just hiking into the gorge. Its steep going down, passing a cave and a well and until the ruins of Katholiko (monastery) its a 30 m downhill but an exhausting...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

lovely place to see. Two monasteries in one place. Parking is free. We went down the hill by the monastery with bridge it took us about 40mins, get a water, comfy shoes etc. an amazing views with loads of different sounds around. We will recommend...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Very beautiful ruins. Atmosphere of the place is special especially when monks are singing in the cave. Hiking shoes recommended especially if you want to reach end of the gorge.

1  Thank Łukasz W
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

You can only reach this monastery walking through a simple and ruined path through rocks and beautiful views over the sea. It will take some time (about half an hour) to go down there but it is definitely worth it: at the end of the...More

1  Thank Gianluca P
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

In the beginning, when you start the walk, it looks like nothing special. But then, when you proceed further down the hill, you will discover the acient caves if the hermites. And even further down, there is a church and a stunning huge stone bridge...More

1  Thank Brigitte K
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Fantastic place to visit. The walk to the cave wasn't too bad but the next section to the monastery in the cliffs got pretty steep. We may have struggled more than normal because it was the day after Imbros Gorge AND it was a last...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The monastery is nothing. It looks more like a castle than a place of prayer. The little church is very small and completely renovated inside. It maintains a seventeenth-century façade of Italian inspiration. Cats are an irreconcilable element. But the local feature is silence. If...More

1  Thank balgorfirenze
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Okay, not better when Samaria Gorge, but this place is really amazing. Very bad review for this place. Even photos not from here .... Not many people visiting this. This place is unique. Old moncs live in mountain. They made a cave and live here....More

1  Thank Jasinka
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Malikah33
18 February 2017|
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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
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Malikah33
18 February 2017|
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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
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