One of the many koules (Turkish towers) built by the Turks in Crete that is completely unknown is that of Vamos. It is located atop Koules hill above the village of Vamos and is very hard to reach and identify. Almost nothing survives from this fort apart from the foundations and some scattered piles of stones that once formed part of the walls. The vegetation has covered the area and in some years there will be nothing visible from the fort of a bygone era. From this strategic position we have amazing view to the valley of Vrysses and the White Mountains.
The only way to reach the ruins of Koules is the following. Starting from the church of Agia Paraskevi, outside Vamos, we follow a very good, clean and marked forest path in 15 minutes leads to the cave and the temple of the Mavri Panagia. From there once the trail continued up to Koules but today the trail has been blocked by dense spiny shrubs. It is very hard to follow the trail that should someday be cleared by the local government.
Text - Photos Christopher Cheiladakis