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Historical gem

Steeped in legend this abandoned Byzantine gem is stunning. The location, high on a limestone... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Whitehaven, England, United Kingdom
A visit in medieval era

We visit Palaiochora in a cloudy afternoon. You can imagine how the ancient greek builded and... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2016
Rucsandra R
Ploiesti, Romania
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Kythira, Greece
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Steeped in legend this abandoned Byzantine gem is stunning. The location, high on a limestone ridge, is breathtaking. The walk out to the site is lovely too. Stories and legends abound about this place - hopefully you won't run into Barbarossa, the pirate king when...More

Thank JayneH305
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We visit Palaiochora in a cloudy afternoon. You can imagine how the ancient greek builded and defended those constructions! Impressive!

Thank Rucsandra R
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Walking to Palaiochora, the abandoned Byzantine capital of the island, is an enchanting, magical experience - a walk back in Greek medieval history, full of images and echoes. It is a wonderful short excursion which I highly recommend - beautiful churches, dramatic views of the...More

1  Thank Evangelos-Maxim... S
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We got a taxi to drive us to the small hamlet of Trifianika, outside the town of Potamos. From there it was a walk of less than one hour to reach the old town of Palaichora. The location is stunning, it's like a mini Machu...More

Thank Looking_for_charme
Reviewed 17 June 2015

At the end of a dust road , what was till 1497 the capital of Kythira Agio Demetrio is now the most dramatic site of a ghost town between two frightening canyons . Everybody slaughtered by the Turcs under Barbarossa is haunting the crumbling houses...More

1  Thank ChatPitre
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Loved walking the grounds and Chora. The beautiful churches are all unique and positioned with a view. If you love history, fabulous.

3  Thank jtcreativephoto
Reviewed 6 June 2013

You have to want to get to this great example of Byzantine architecture. It is not an easy place to find and it is on the end of a dirt road. Not the 'roughest' place to find by far, but still you need good shoes...More

2  Thank djude1148
Reviewed 9 October 2012

Liked the View. Did not like that noone is there to care for the entrance, there is no walkway/path, quite dangerous if you want to explore more

Reviewed 1 October 2012

After a visit to the Sunday market of Potamos, we went to the abandoned village of Palaiochora for a walk and photo session amidst its ruins. You here nothing but the sound of a baby goat trying to find its way back to its mother....More

Thank Photothema
Reviewed 1 October 2012

Small warren of streets in the castle is so different from the imposing edifice looking out to the near-distant sea. Try and walk around it on the M1 hiking route to appreciate the walls

Thank Clive3417
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