The peninsula of Gramvousa occupies the northwest of Crete and near its tip it has two islands, a good beach, an anchorage for small boats in bad weather, and the remains of a large Venetian castle. You may go to Gramvousa by organized boat trip from Kastelli or on foot. The boat trip is one hour long and the views of the rugged coastline are terrific. The hike, although not hard or long, can be very difficult during the summer months, when the sun and heat are strong. During the spring the area is blanketed in flowers. To go on foot you drive west and after the harbour turn right and follow the road towards Neo Horio and Kaliviani. From Kaliviani the road continues north towards the Gramvousa Peninsula. The road stops near a church where you can leave your car and the well-marked footpath starts here. It goes towards the tip of the peninsula and then it turns left, and after a while, left again. At this point you have an exceptional view of the islands and the anchorage. The Venetian castle on the island of Imeri Gramvousa is also visible. Further west you can see the island of Pondiconisi and on a clear day, in the far northwest, you can see the silhouette of the island of Antikithira.
This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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