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Balos - Gramvousa The Cretan Exotica

In the northwest part of Crete, there are two small islands, Imeri and Agria Gramvousa (meaning Tale and Wild) that form one of the finest places in the Mediterranean to visit. Both of these island are uninhabited, but they attract day visitors seek to experience its heavenly exotic promise. Visits usually take place on Imeri Gramvousa where a Venetian fortress was built in the 16th century in a significant strategic position. In the centuries that followed the fortress passed over to the Ottomans, who then fortified it with 66 cannons, making it unconquerable. During the Greek revolt against the Turks, Gramvousa became a refuge for many revolutionary Cretans.

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