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Eleutherna, Rethymnon

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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  • The museum is interesting and well presented and it is definitively worth a visit but it is a pity that the staff have no interest in the exhibits or the history. Don't even bother to ask them anythin...  read more »
  • (this review is just about the archaeological site and not the accompanying museum) An unforeseen detour took us to the archaeological site of Eleutherna. Upon arrival we stood for a block (like front desk, lounge or something) where no one had been for some time, but on the right side we could just within walking. And there began our adventure tour. I will start by saying to the legs in to smear for this tour and to people with knee problems, etc. to not to start because what to expect are some steep climbs on the bed cover. Fitness is also a plus point. I myself am not one of the fittest people but with the necessary breathing breaks I am still hit:-) So, as you enter, you'll pass all almost immediately on the right an archaeological excavation. Not in this to get close as it is defined with an iron fence. On the left side you can then start your climb. I have not counted the steps and not looked up exactly how many there are, but to me it seemed a 100 + steps from beautiful straight, to wide, leaning, long, bumpy etc.. etc ... Take a breather and enjoy the beautiful views. You also get a nice view of a certain extent about the previously passed site. Once above you get some options: left, right, top, even more straight. Of course is your eye right away on what was left of you. A beautiful excavation of the remains of the citadel (acropolis). What made this so great (in my eyes) is that it is free to enter. You could study everything up close .... And that makes for me this site so great. It seemed also that they still were working on digs because we saw there still a pickaxe and other tools are and part of the site was afgespannen with a wire. Afterwards, if you are not too tired, you can visit the rest of the big site. Due to time constraints, we have unfortunately not everything. We still have a very long way right down to the modern village and the bridge. The road to there is long but oh so wonderful. Some tips and recommendations:-bring a packed lunch, because you can easily create an adventurous day of! Don't forget your water! -Protection for insect bites can might be useful. I have the domain left with a lot of mosquito bites and have me defend themselves against some horseflies. -Camera not forget because you can make some great pictures here! Love it too any time at the ready because can also a snake popping up here and there!! But don't be afraid, it's a harmless kind!
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  • New small museum has great soul. Really brings the rich history to life. Archaeological finds are over a few miles and some need effort to walk too. But worth it. Fantastic views of the coast and moun...  read more »
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