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.
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