Treis Ekklissies
Crete | Greece

1. 3 churches December 19, 2010 20:01

Treis Ekklisies (i.e. three churches) is a secluded seaside village located 64km south of Heraklion, amid the wild and inhospitable landscape of Asterousia Mountains. The surrounding area, one of the most isolated in Crete, is difficult to access, but has some amazing beaches. To get to Treis Ekklisies you have to drive through a rough dirt road, about 10km long, from the village Paranymfi.

This road crosses the mountains of Asterousia and descends through the rugged, yet beautiful, scenery. In Paranymfi, you can visit the Byzantine Church of St. Paul with the old frescoes (14th century). Half a kilometer after Paranimfi, you can admire the stunning views of the Libyan Sea and Treis Ekklisies. In the middle of this dry place, you’ll also see the amazing waterfall of Ambas Gorge with 140m height!

The settlement of Treis Ekklisies is built in a cove formed at the exit of the gorge of Ambas. The walls of the gorge are home to the largest colony of vultures in Greece and Southern Europe, including the bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), the rarest species of vulture in Europe.