The Ottomans, in order to control the coastline of the mountainous province Sfakia in south Crete built a network of defensive towers called koules, which had direct visual communication between them. One of them is located east of the forested village Agios Ioannis (Saint John) at a point with unique views from the Messara plain to Paleochora.
The Koules of Agios Ioannis still stands deserted, while the visitor still sees the cisterns for storing water. The place can be accessed via a trail crossing the beautiful landscape with cypress trees and the views of the South Cretan Sea.
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