Eleftherna, important ancient settlement

The outstanding ancient city-state

Eleftherna excavation site, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Eleutherna, was an ancient city-state in Crete, which lies 25 km southeast of Rethymno. Archaeologists excavated the site, located on a narrow northern spur of Mount Ida, the highest mountain in Crete. It flourished from the Dark Ages of Greece’s early history until Byzantine times.

Eleftherna excavation site, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

In the systematic Eleutherna project, a team of archaeologists from the University of Crete has been in charge since 1984. Surveys and systematic excavations have revealed the city's settlement patterns, sanctuaries and necropoleis, even stone quarries in the surroundings.

During the ninth century BCE, in sub-Mycenaean times, in the Geometric Period of the later Greek Dark Ages, Dorians colonized the city on a steep, naturally fortified ridge. The city's location made it a natural crossroads, as it lay between Cydonia on the northwest coast and Knossos, and between the shore, where it controlled its ports.

You can easily visit this rare and impressive settlement starting a daily trip from your summer holiday villa in Adele sandy beach area. Try this villa and plan your fulfilling excursion.

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