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Polirinia

Lodging list in Polirinia

Youphoria Villas, Villas J&G


At the first square after you enter Kastelli from the east, there is a sign on the left for Polirinia, 7km. The important ancient city of Polirinia is high and will give you a good view of the very beautiful countryside. There is also an interesting Byzantine church there.
Follow the road to the end where you will see a sign indicating a Roman tower and aqueduct. Park here and walk to the right of the tower where a narrow road goes through the pleasant village to Polirinia. On the left as you go through the village you will see a Roman cistern (grated) and in the middle of the village are the remains of a Turkish olive press made from Roman materials. The path goes up to the church of the Ninety-Nine Martyrs passing Roman graves on the south face of the hill. From the church the path continues up, branching left and gradually winding up around the hill to a small chapel on the northeast side. There are orange way-markings (more frequently from the chapel) that lead to the top - a 20- 30 minute walk.
Polirinia is the site of remains from the sixth century B.C., Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian eras. It was a powerful city, built on the natural fortifications of the rock at the top of the mountain. One of its harbours was at Falasarna, the other was Kastelli (Kissamos). The remains that are visible now are mostly from the second Byzantine and the Venetian periods.

Photos of Polirinia:


Walls of the fortifications and Kissamos Bay, Polirinia
Walls of the fortifications and Kissamos Bay, Polirinia
Buildings on the barrow of Polirinia
Buildings on the barrow of Polirinia
The road towards the ancient acropolis of Polirinia
The road towards the ancient acropolis of Polirinia
The gulf of Kissamos from Polirinia
The gulf of Kissamos from Polirinia
The view from Polirinia
The view from Polirinia
The Byzantine church of Ninety-Nine Martyrs, Polirinia
The Byzantine church of Ninety-Nine Martyrs, Polirinia