The mysterious town of

Flektro

Flektro Settlement
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During the dark period of the pre-Christian times in Crete developed many settlements were built on remote mountainous areas, mainly in eastern Crete (Historians call it dark period because they still don’t know the exact reason for this movement). The settlements were built on hard to access, naturally fortified places so as to protect their inhabitants from enemy attacks.

One of the most unknown but impressive settlements of this dark period (1200-800 BC) is Flektro over the village Gonies, Pediada province, in a very sharp peak at the north end of Mount Louloudaki. Louloudaki one of the strangest mountains of Crete with very interesting geomorphology with potholes, caves and impressive rock formations.

Access to the area of the site is only possible starting from Gonies and heading to Agia Marina location where we meet the homonym chapel with a small spring. This spring was probably used by the settlement of Flektro. From Agia Marina, the road ascends for several meters until it stops. From here we have to climb the extremely steep slope up to the location Kisafi with the old stockyards. From Kisafi one can locate the ancient Minoan path that still exists in many places and leads directly to the summit of Flektro.

Flektro without could be characterized as the Machu Picchu of Crete. It's so impressive that one wonders how anyone came up there and how strong was the fear they felt for enemy attacks so as to choose such a rough and eerie place.

Flektro is actually a very small smooth and green plateau between two limestone rocks that work as walls. Atop the north rock hosts ruins of square rooms that was probably the acropolis of the town. The view from Flektro is very impressive and we can overlook the valley of Lagada with Aposelemisdam lake, the north side of Dikti Range and the Cretan Sea.

Flektro was built on the west side of the Canyon of Ambelos, the only natural passage from north coast to the fertile plateau of Lassithi and is directly opposite another famous settlemt of the Dark Period, Karfi. Karfi and Flektro could actually control the passage to Lassithi (from the north coast).

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: Ancient Settlement
  • Peak Period: Dark Age (1200 BC - 800 BC)
  • Accessibility: Walking
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