Valenti is a rock close to the northwestern coast of Crete in the Aegean Sea. It is just south of the islet of Arnaouti. Administratively, it is located in Chania regional unit. Valenti is mentioned in poems and mantinades and with Gramvousa. In March 2008 a fatal nautical accident, resulting in the death of a 42-year-old man, occurred close to the rock and it is noted in a bulletin of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. 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
Regional units of Greece
The 74 regional units are administrative units of Greece. They are subdivisions of the country's 13 regions, further subdivided into municipalities, they were introduced as part of the "Kallikratis" administrative reform on 1 January 2011 and are comparable in area and, in the mainland, coterminous with the pre-"Kallikratis" prefectures of Greece
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
Pontikonisi is an uninhabited islet off the coast of western Crete. Administratively, it is part of the municipality Kissamos, in Chania regional unit. There is a small islet close to Pontikonisi called Pontikaki. List of islands of Greece
Petalida known as Xera, is an islet close to the northern coast of Crete in the Aegean Sea. It is located between the island of the mainland. Administratively, it is located in Chania regional unit. List of islands of Greece
Agioi Theodoroi (islands)
Agioi Theodoroi are two uninhabited islets off the coast of western Crete. One is named Agios Theodoros called Thodorou, the islet a few metres further north is called Mikros Agios Theodoros. Administratively, they are part of the municipality of Platanias, in Chania regional unit. Kri-kri inhabit Agios Theodoros. Anciently, the islands were known as Koite and Akytos. In 1930 the municipality of Agia Marina with the cooperation of the hunting association of Chania decided to make the islands a nature reserve, it was in 1935 that Theodoros Viglis caught one male and two female Kri-kri in Samariá Gorge and released them on Agios Theodoros so that they could breed with integrity since no other goats inhabited the island. This initial small community of Kri-kri was too small to prevent inbreeding and more Kri-kri were introduced to the community; the isolated community of Kri-kri at Agios Theodoros has been used to provide Kri-kri to zoos around the world. The islands are mentioned in antiquity in the Stadiasmus Maris Magni, which states that they have potable water.
In 1583 the Venetians built two small fortresses on Agios Theodoros in part to prevent pirates from using the islands and in part to defend the coast of Crete. List of islands of Greece