Aradena is 19km from Hora Sfakion on the Hora Sfakion - Anopolis -
Agios Ioannis road. After Anopolis the road becomes a dirt road, but it is easily
accessible. You will cross the gorge of Aradena over a wooden-planked bridge.
In the area, there is the abandoned village of Aradena, the Byzantine church of
Michael Archangelos, and the Aradena Gorge.
The abandoned village of Aradena is on the other side of the bridge. Aradena is the site of the ancient Greek city, Aradin. It flourished during Roman, Byzantine and Venetian times. Its inhabitants were once concerned with shipping, and Aradin followed the fate of Anopolis and was destroyed in 1770 and in 1867 by the Turks. The village has been abandoned; however, it is interesting to walk along the narrow paths among the houses of the old village to see traditional village architecture.
This text is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains images.
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