Fortress of Drakanos


This 4th-century-BC fortress sponsored religious rites dedicated to Eilythia, a fertility deity. A 13m-high lookout tower anchors the site, which features informative signboards. A path from a small chapel here leads to tiny Agios Georgios Beach.

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