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Akrotiri Hills

  The peninsula of Akrotiri rises to the northeast of Chania and acts as a barrier that protects Souda Bay from heavy north winds. On the north coast, sandy beaches provide excellent swimming, and the northeast has old monasteries to visit. The airport and military facilities dominate the centre and south of the peninsula. Many visitors come to Crete to see its rare wild flowers, and many different kinds may be found from January to April on the Akrotiri.

This extract is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


  Marathi is 17km from Chania on the Chania - Aroni - Sternes - Marathi road. As the road winds down to sea level, there are superb views of Souda Bay and the Lefka Ori.


  Marathi is on the north side of Souda Bay, near the entrance to the bay. It has a small fishing harbour with several tavernas.


  Stavros is 17km from Chania on the Chania - Kounoupidiana - Horafakia road, near the north tip of the Akrotiri Peninsula.

Beach and Harbour of Stavros

  Stavros is at the north tip of the Akrotiri Peninsula. The circular bay encloses the sandy beach. There is also a small fishing harbour here. The film "Zorba the Greek" used the bare mountainside that dominates one side of the bay.

This text is cited Oct 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.


  Sternes is 15km from Chania on the Chania - Aroni - Sternes - Marathi road. The village of Sternes contains the Byzantine church of Agii Pandes and also remains of Venetian houses.

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites


MINOA (Ancient city) CRETE
  A small harbor town near Sternes on SE side of Akrotin peninsula, N side of entrance to Suda Bay, opposite Aptera. It is generally thought to have been the second port of Aptera, but from the 3d c. at least it was controlled by Kydonia. It may once have been independent, but since no coins are known, it was probably no longer so by the 4th c. It is mentioned only by geographers (Plin. HN 4.12.59; Ptol. 3.15.5; Stad. 344).
  Remains have been excavated (1939) of a building with 12 rooms, a cistern, and a well (1st-2d c. A.D.) behind a shore embankment and promenade, incorporating much reused material, which run for a further 60 m to the W, with traces of other buildings on the landward side. This is only part of a larger settlement occupying at least the E half of the Marathi valley, and supplied with water by an open aqueduct. Pre-Roman settlement is shown by the reused material. In the hillside bordering the plain on the N, by the rock shelter of Marathospilio, was an important open-air sanctuary (of Diktynna?) from at least archaic to Roman times (Faure).
  An alternative location was suggested by Spratt: Limni, S of Sternes, where on the peninsula enclosing from the S a shallow, almost circular bay there are houses, Classical-Roman sherds and tombs of the Roman period; on the ridge above to the E is a circular tower (lighthouse or watch-tower) of Classical date, connected to the shore by a fortified road 500 m long. A small fishing settlement and probably dependent on the Marathi site, it may possibly have been early Minoa. But it may first have been made into a harbor by the Venetians (Porto Nuovo, 1594).

D. J. Blackman, ed.
This text is from: The Princeton encyclopedia of classical sites, Princeton University Press 1976. Cited Nov 2002 from Perseus Project URL below, which contains bibliography & interesting hyperlinks.

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