Fortress of Agia Roumeli

At the exit of the southern edge of the famous Samaria Gorge, at the southern coast of Chania, lies the fortress of Agia Roumeli. The post-Byzantine fort was built by the Turks in the 18th century, on a hill, at an altitude of 190 meters, on the mountain north of the homonymous village.

To reach the derelict fortress of Agia Roumeli, you can go up the hill from the path that starts behind the church, next to the exit of the gorge of Samaria. The path leading to the fortress of Agia Roumeli will take half an hour and does not present any particular difficulty. Even if the castle might be remote and neglected, however the view from the top is breathtaking and rewards every traveler.

From the fortress of Agia Roumeli you can admire the houses of Agia Roumeli, the beaches to the east and west and the deep blue Libyan Sea, that stretches out to Gavdos and Gavdopoula. You can return to the village from the path located at the back of the castle, which is less steep, offering you a view of the gorge of Samaria.