Hilltop church in eastern Crete between Ierapetra and Sitia.

Eastern Crete

Exploring Eastern Crete

I spent a night in Ierapetra to break up the trip across southern Crete. Napoleon also spent time there, staying in a house just one street in from the waterfront.

I continued east along the coast, then crossed south to north through a less rugged area. But there were still plenty of steep grades and tight turns.

I stayed four nights in Sitia, a great base for exploring far eastern Crete. There are Minoan sites nearby at Zoa and Tripitos, and of course many churches in the surrounding villages.

Roussolakkos and Palaikastro are a cluster of Minoan sites on the far eastern coast of Crete. Itanos was an ancient Greek port city near Crete's northeastern tip. In Byzantine Christian times it had a large basilica.

Tactical Pilotage Chart G-3C.

Tactical Pilotage Chart G-3C from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

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