Many people decide to swim and rest at the beautiful beach at the south side of the Imeri Gramvousa where there are a few trees that provide cover from the sun. The beach is covered with a nice golden sand but there are also many rocks which make it ideal for snorkeling.
Hundreds of tourists visit Imeri Gramvousa every with the small cruise ships to wonder around at the Venetian castle and take a closer look at the shipwreck.
Imeri Gramvousa can be visited with the comfortable cruise ships that depart every day from Kissamos port. The trip to Imeri Gramvousa takes about 45 minutes and and ship stops at the island for about one hour before continue its trip to Balos lagoon
Agia Gramvousa is very difficult to approach. High and sharp rocks prevent to easily disembark to the island in contrast to Imeri Gramvousa where a nice beach can be found on the southern side of the island.
Agia Gramvousa is a small uninhabited island located North West of Chania. In 1874 the French company of lighthouses manufactured a lighthouse at the northern side of the island. The tower of the light house is 8 meters height and its light shines almost 100 meters above the level of the sea.
On 30th of December of 1967, the motorship 'Dimitrios P.' loaded with almost 500 tons of cement started its journey from Chalkida to Northern Africa. The ship dealt with very bad weather conditions and had to made two stops to avoid them. At its second stop the captain of the ship decides to anchor on […]
Gramvousa is referred in one very popular Cretan song, 'Stis Gramvousas to akrotiri' which translates to 'At the Cape of Gramvousa'. This song talks about Tzekas, a fisherman born around 1900, who was always fishing around that area with his boat named 'Kiriakos'. In 1966, he disappeared while finishing around Gramvousa Cape. Tzekas didn't know […]
The fortress of Gramvousa is 137 meters high and in order to reach it you need to take a rough path uphill with stairs made out of sharp stones.
Gramvousa soon became notorious across Europe and people started to refer to Gramvousa as the Island of Pirates. This made European forces to react and with the approval of the Greek government and the administration of Kapodistrias, English and French ships attacked Gramvousa on 19 January of 1828 and destroyed the pirates ships while many […]
Gramvousa was the first part of Cretan land that was liberated from the Ottoman occupation. It became the base of the Cretan fight for freedom and almost 3000 warriors were settled there. They utilized guerrilla welfare tactics and ambush Turks usually during night. The got the name 'kalisperides' (derived from the Greek word for good […]