Gouverneto Monastery – Chania
The Gouverneto Monastery is situated at the northeast end of Akrotiri, on a location full of lentisks, thyme, wild olive trees and carob trees. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the Akrotiri peninsula and is located only 20 km away from downtown Chania and 7 km from the International Airport.
Gouverneto was founded after the 11th century and was destroyed by an extensive fire before 1765. Its past is marked by the horrors during the Greek War of Independence and the fight for liberation in 1821. This is when Ottoman forces massacred the monks and looted the monastery. The fortress wall is rectangular and there are four square towers, one on each corner. Cells are built all around and in the centre of the yard, there is the cupola-covered church, with beautiful Venetian sculptures and two small chapels. The church is dedicated to the Presentation of Mother Mary (Eisodia tis Theotokou) and is also called the ‘Lady of the Angels’ (Kyria ton Angelon).
While in the area you can also visit the monastery Agia Triada (Tzagarolou), and follow a beautiful hiking trail that leads to Katholiko beach, on the northern coast. That spot is ideal for those looking for an easy walk that combines a beautiful setting with mysticism, owing to the monuments that can be visited along the way. Swimming in the cove is not permitted due to the sanctity of the area but there are various other beaches to enjoy. In recent years, Seitan Limania on the other side of the peninsula of Akrotiri has also become rather popular. Other popular beaches are Stavros, a sheltered bay with soft sand and turquoise waters, as well as Kalathas beach and Tersanas on the western side. Another popular attraction for most visitors is the Venizelos Graves with panoramic views of the bay below.
Daily: 5 AM–12 PM
Closed: Wednesday & Thursday
*Opening hours and information subject to change.