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It's a long, steep climb up the mountain from the coast, but the road is manageable, at least as... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nikos051
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Need quite imagination to see a city that was there. A couple of reconstruction pictures may bring... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
malgosiamatusiewicz
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Kissamos, Crete, Greece
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Once in a while you get to a place that cannot be forgot. Polyrinia is such a place. First, the view from the mountain top (the drive is a bit tricky, but do not let it deter you) is absolutely beautiful. Next, the ancient ruins...More

5  Thank LakieRex
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Having read the description in our Lonely Planet guide, we decided to visit ancient Polyrinnia. I'd say this was an exciting excursion for the view and a challenging walk up a big hill, but not for the archeological findings. We managed it with our 3...More

3  Thank Hathor01
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a long, steep climb up the mountain from the coast, but the road is manageable, at least as far as the church. All the more remarkable to discover that this was once a substantial and important city, rivalling Falassarna. Interesting remains, with helpful explanations....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Need quite imagination to see a city that was there. A couple of reconstruction pictures may bring it to life. But the views from the top are amazing. Entrance is free. Car can be left on the village. Trail takes you around site regardless if...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

If you can get hold of a guide locally, the whole area becomes way more than any brochure can tell you. If you've got the American guide called Stephen, bonus, he knows his history and where to go! Indiana jones lives ! Polirinia is as...More

3  Thank erickvandereijk
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

There is not much to see of the ancient city but the views from the top of the hill are completely “jaw dropping.” Best time to visit is just before sunset when it is not too hot and the light is glorious. Not very busy.......More

2  Thank Ben S
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Hidden up in the hills above Kissamos, the drive to the village was the usual Cretan hill road. The village itself was beautiful, with the information cafe run by a lady who, whilst living I Crete for 14 years, used to live only 6 miles...More

2  Thank marknkatehs
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Once in a while you get to a place that cannot be forgot. Polyrinia is such a place. First, the view from the mountain top (the drive is a bit tricky, but do not let it deter you) is absolutely beautiful. Next, the ancient ruins...More

5  Thank LakieRex
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

A wonderful site the church especially. The information office is better than many so called professional sites. The hamlet reflects the ages past and the archeological remains allow you to see former glories in your minds eye. We'll worth your time and effort.

2  Thank David G
Reviewed 26 May 2018

We came across this town by accident while looking for the Sirikari gorge and what a wonderful accident. Sadly Crete is not blessed with beautiful villages but this is definitely up there. The information centre was excellent with a very clean WC (several in the...More

3  Thank PhilandRuth
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Winding drive upto village . Visit information house before you set out , run by volunteers , so be generous. Village and views lovely but worth walking to top of acropolis . You will need to use your imagination to visualise ruins .(Visit Aptera for...More

1  Thank Sara C
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Just a short drive from Kissamos town centre- up the hill on narrow roads, but worth it. The inhabited areas of Polyrinia are charming, little old places snuggled into mountain side, with evidence of ancient ruins all around. Walk right through and up the hill...More

1  Thank Michele H
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Response from Adrian C | Reviewed this property |
Getting to Polyrinia will require a car as it is high in the mountains. I'm not sure whether there is a bus service up there. A taxi may be another possibility. Adrian
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