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Akrotiri is a peninsula and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Chania, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 112.644km2. Its ancient name was Kiamon while the Byzantines called it Charaka. The seat of Akrotiri municipality was Pythari. Stavros became famous because of the film Zorba the Greek.Geography and environmentAkrotiri is a rocky promontory on the northern side of the island of Crete, in the Sea of Crete. It is roughly circular in shape, connected to the rest of the island by a wide causeway between Chania and the town of Souda. To the south, Souda Bay is found between the peninsula and the island. Most of the peninsula is a plateau somewhat elevated from the sea. There is a string of hills along the northern coast. A variety of flora occur on the rocky promontory of Akrotiri including the herb Taraxacum minimum.HistoryThe earliest history of the local area is related to the founding of the nearby ancient city of Kydonia, one of the most powerful cities of ancient Crete.The tombs of Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophoklis are found on Akrotiri, at a site overlooking Chania. At this site, the Greek flag was raised in defiance of the Turks and the Great Powers, with the peninsula acting as a headquarters of the.Use our Greece day trip planning site to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Akrotiri.
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$428 BOOK WITH VIATOR Chania: Old Town, Public Market, Hill of Prophet Elias, Agia Triada
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
$173 BOOK WITH VIATOR PRIVATE TOUR to Seitan limania by boat, Agia Triada and Stavros beach.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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