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From Kythera to Granvousa - Creta

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Kythera for Venetians "Cerigo" reserves interesting surprises, one of which is the encounter with a direct descendant of the Venetian family Da Ponte, who arrived in Kythera in 1306 following a shipwreck and settled in the island up to the present year, Nicholas Da Ponte then returned to his homeland, he was elected Doge of Venice in 1578, while Mr. Bayron Da Ponte today is a brilliant seventy-six man, that proudly displays the emblem of wisdom and "casada" and takes us to visit two Venetian fortresses Milopotamos and Avlemonas, respectively located in the center in the West and East coast, unknown but of considerable importance because the first came to us almost intact and can be visited in the urban structure and social with lion, churches, mills and grinders. At the wheel of his car, Byron Da Ponte tells us of another Venetian family, the Venier, settled in Kythira in 1206, showing their first home monastery-fortress, with a strange overlook above the main door entrance that was used to overthrow from water and oil boiling in defense of the raids of pirates and Ottomans. Let the sea at dawn in the absence of wind, to Crete (Candia) to 120 °; three-hour ride and drive along the east side Antykhitera (Cerigotto), barren island with a lighthouse on the south, a few houses, in the only passable by jeep dosale; after eight hours of engine approach with the North West side of Crete is by setting piratical, we enter the scene surrounded by high cliffs peak, dangerous cliffs and caves along the water until you get into a large bay-colored lagoon a disarming beauty of turquoise, crystal clear water and captivates us like a siren and we dive above us stands the imposing Venetian fortress of "Granbusa", the only one never conquered by the Ottomans, we moor stern on the pier foot of the great fortress.

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