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Prefecture: Heraclion
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Linoperamata 2731 hits
Situated 8 kilometres far from Heraklion at the West within the open bay of Heraklion, very close to Amoudara, Linoperamata is a well developed tourist settlement with some 160 permanent residents. It is worth seeing the ruins of the Venetian castle at Palaeokastro, at a distance of 3 kilometres far from the settlement, at the North. It is also worth visiting the small villages of Ano Kalessia, within an area full of vineyards, and Kato Kalessia, with the church of Panaghia going back to the 14th century. Both are found at a distance of 11-12 kilometres far from Linoperamata at the South. It is in these villages that takes place the feast of the sultana raisin, organised every year by the Cultural Centre of the villages, in early August. Lodging is plenty in Linoperamata. A lot of hotels of all categories and for all budgets, rooms to let, studios and houses are available for tourists. Swimming and sea sport facilities are offered at the beaches of the settlement as well as at the nearby Amoudara and Palaeokastro. Eating is an easy thing: a wide range of taverns and restaurants, cafes and bars are ready to offer their delicacies. Access from Herkleio is very easy by public buses with frequent service and taxi, as well as by private or rented car and motorbikes.
Paliokastro 2719 hits
The Venetian fortress of Paliokastro is located 14km west of Heraklion city, on the west side of Heraklion Bay. Today, only a part of the walls of the triangular fort remains alive. The fort was built on a big tall rock, near which passes the highway of Heraklion - Chania.

In ancient times, it is considered that this was the acropolis of the ancient town Kytaion.

In 1204, when the Genoese Pescatore conquered Crete, he built 14 forts in order to protect it. Among them was the fort of Paliokastro, which could protect the bay of Heraklion and make the landing of enemy on the nearby shores very difficult. The Genoeses thought that this castle was very important, thus when the Venetians managed to conquer Crete, they kept only this castle. Later, in 1211, they had to leave the island.

At the beginning of the Venetian Era, the castle lost its original importance because the Bay of Heraklion could be now protected by the Venetian ships. But when Venice was threatened by the presence of the Ottomans, the castle regained its value. Thus, during the years 1573-1595 they rebuilt the old castle, just like many other castles throughout the island. The castles of the Bay were then able to control the entire region, since the cannon shots from Paliokastro crossed with the shots from the ramparts of St Andrew (Heraklion Walls).

The castle had sloping walls and three uneven levels. The main gate was located on the south edge of the castle and lead to the lower square, which had many small rooms. In one of them you can still see a small church. North of the castle, there was an armory with solid and very strong walls. Right next to it was a water tank. Upon entering, there was a staircase leading to the second level, where the barracks were. Finally, the upper level hosted the church of the castle. On the northeasternmost corner of the castle you could see the winged lion of St. Mark, the emblem of Venice. The fort was under Venetian occupation until the last years of the siege of Candia that finally “fell” in 1669. The Ottomans gave great importance to the occupation of the castle, so that they could land on the shores of Heraklion Bay safely. Thus, when the ships of Venice were still in Chania, the Turks surrounded the fort, which was surrendered. Then the Turks destroyed it in order to prevent the enemies from using it.


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