Loutro is a rocky islet in the gulf of Loutro on the southwest coast of Crete in the Libyan Sea. The islet can be found close to the end of the Mouri cape. Administratively, it is part of the municipality of Sfakia; the coastal village of Loutro is 71 kilometres south of Chania. The gulf of Loutro was once used by merchant ships. Loutro is believed to be the port of ancient Anopolis, it became the winter harbour of Sfakia. The gulf and the islet make a natural harbour where ships can be safe in the worst of weather; the gulf of Loutro was once used for shipbuilding by the people of Sfakia and the local sailors used to travel throughout the Mediterranean, as far away as Russia, from Loutro. Shipbuilding and navigation contributed to the local economy. One of the successful shipbuilders and shipowners was Ioannis Vlachos, better known as Daskalogiannis, he was a wealthy shipbuilder with four large three-mast ships that sailed between the ports of the Mediterranean. List of islands of Greece Detorakis, Theocharis.
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Elafonisi is an island located close to the southwestern corner of the Mediterranean island of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania. When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water; the island is a protected nature reserve. It is known for its pink sand beaches, created by tidal and wave-induced deposits of pigmented microorganisms living in a symbiotic relationship with native seaweed. At the highest point on the island there is a plaque. On Easter Sunday of 18 April 1824 several hundred Greeks women and children, were killed on Elafonisi by Ottoman soldiers. To avoid advancing Turkish Ottoman troops, forty armed men had taken refuge on the island with women and old folk where they were waiting for a ship to take them to the Ionian Islands; the Ottoman soldiers had decided to camp on the beach opposite the island. One of their horses walked along the shallow water to the island and the people hiding on the island were discovered.
According to several sources there were between 640 and 850 people in total, most of whom were killed and the remaining survivors were sold into slavery in Egypt. A large wooden cross commemorates a shipwreck from 22 February 1907, it was an Österreichischer Lloyd passenger steamer, called the Imperatrix. Due to strong northwest winds 38 people died in a lifeboat, they were all buried on the island. The Imperatrix still lies on the seabed in front of the island's cliffs and was the reason that a lighthouse was built on an island hilltop; the lighthouse was destroyed during the Second World War by the occupying German troops. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is 5 km from the island. List of settlements in the Chania regional unit See Chania Region for maps Municipality description Chania rent a car description
Karga, is an uninhabited islet close to the northern coast of Crete in the Aegean Sea. It is located in Souda Bay opposite the islets of Palaiosouda and Leon. Administratively, it is in Chania regional unit. List of islands of Greece
Gavdopoula is an islet located north-west of its larger neighbour, Gavdos, in the Libyan Sea. It is located to the south of Crete, of which it is administratively a part, in the regional unit of Chania, it is part of the municipality of Gavdos, it was part of the former Selino Province. Gavdopoula is covered with phrygana low-lying shrubs, it is an important stop for migrating birds. In 1998 the islet was the proposed site of an enormous container shipping storage facility. Environmentalists campaigned to block the development and Gavdopoula is now a protected nature reserve and notably for migrating birds. List of communities of Chania List of islands of Greece
Dia pronounced locally Ntia, is an uninhabited island off the northern coast of the Greek island of Crete. The island is 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion. Administratively, Dia is part of the community of Elaia within the municipal unit of Gouves, Heraklion regional unit, by the municipality of Elias; the island was known as Standia, by juncture loss in the phrase στήν Δία. It was the principal port of Crete for centuries; the islet looks. There is a legend that a giant lizard tried to destroy the island of Crete, but Zeus turned it in to stone with a thunderbolt, thus creating the island; the island is visible from Crete's capital city of Heraklion, as it would have been in the time of the Minoan kingdom, from the capital of Knossos. Because of this, it was sometimes identified as the island that Theseus escaped to after killing the Minotaur. On Dia there are a number of protected creatures including: the snail Albinaria retusa, the lizard Podarcis erchardii schiebeli, the wild rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus cnossius, Eleonora's falcon, known as mavropetritis in Greek.
Dia is a protected hunting ground. There are a number of protected plants such as Carlina diae. In 1976, Jacques Cousteau carried out underwater exploration around Dia and found the remains of an ancient port in the waters between Heraklion and Dia. List of islands of Greece
Souda is an islet in Souda Bay on the northwest coast of Crete. In ancient times this islet was one of two islets; the second islet is known today as Leon. The island was fortified by the Venetians due to its strategic location, controlling the entrance to the anchorage of Souda Bay. Although the rest of Crete fell to Ottoman control in the Cretan War, the fortress of Souda remained in Venetian hands until 1715, when they too fell to the Ottomans. During this time, the island served as a refuge for Cretan insurgents. On the northwest side of the islet, a small distance away, there is another islet, round in shape, which used to be referred to on medieval Venetian maps as Rabbit Island. In ancient times these two islets were referred to as Leukai, their name came from the ancient Greek myth about a musical contest between the Sirens and the Muses. Out of their anguish from losing the competition, writes Stephanus of Byzantium, the Muses plucked their rivals' feathers from their wings. List of islands of Greece
Afentis Christos is a small islet off the northern coast of the Greek island of Crete named after the small chapel built there. The islet and chapel is only a short distance away from the beach at Malia and a short distance from the islet of Agia Varvara. Afentis Christos is administered from Malia in Heraklion regional unit