Agios Ioannis
Crete | Greece

1. Saint John December 19, 2010 20:02

Agios Ioannis (St. John) is a small coastal village located 73km south of Heraklion, south of the village Kapetaniana. Kapetaniana is very close to the highest peak of Asterousia Mountains, Kofinas Peak. In Kapetaniana, you can visit the Byzantine Church of the Panagia and the Church of the Holy Cross, or climb in the local climbing track.

From Kapetaniana you can get the dirt road, 8km long, which starts at an altitude of 750m and ends in Saint John hamlet. The trip is adventurous, with incredible views to the vast Libyan Sea and crosses the rugged landscape of Asterousia. After a lot of car “trembling”. You reach the settlement, where the residents, mainly coming from Kapetaniana, spend their holidays. Unfortunately, illegal building is a dissonance in this wonderful landscape of southern Crete. Agios Ioannis is named after the small monastery of Saint John, which is built inside a cave and has very old frescoes.