Gramvousa tour: The pirate kingdom

Gramvousa, Greece

Clio Muse

Stops

5

Stories

25

Distance

1km

Duration

40min

Audio

No

Description

An adventurous self-guided audio tour in Gramvousa island with credible & original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now & enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

During the time of King Minos, the fleet of Crete secured peace on the high seas. Three millennia later, an inconspicuous corner of Imeri Gramvousa became a nest of bloodthirsty pirates, a kingdom of lawlessness where booze flowed freely, every house was full of plunder, and Virgin Mary was bribed to look the other way.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.

Highlights

In the 1820s an inconspicuous corner of Imeri Gramvousa became a nest of bloodthirsty pirates, a kingdom of lawlessness where booze flowed freely, every house was full of plunder, and Virgin Mary was bribed to look the other way.

  • The grand entrance

    1. The grand entrance

    A successful enterprise requires luck, money, organization, and lots of nerve. The destitute vagabonds on the rocks of Gramvousa combined all these elements and unleashed their fury on the high seas.
  • Wealth, blood and prayers

    2. Wealth, blood and prayers

    Perched on the highest point on the island, Virgin Mary was called upon to handle the disparate desires of the pirates. Should she forgive them, punish them or join them?
  • The world ends with a fizzle

    3. The world ends with a fizzle

    November is not the only month available to those who envision a grand fiery spectacle with conspiracies and gunpowder. March is also ideal. But in any case, don’t go for the 5th.

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Details

Address Imeri Gramvousa, Kissamos, Chania prefecture, Crete
Starting point Imeri Gramvousa
Areas Imeri Gramvousa
Opening hours The castle is located on the island of Imeri Gramvousa and is open to the public only during the summer months.
Additional admission The tour does not include the price of admission to the castle or the cost of the boat ticket that ferries passengers to the island of Imeri Gramvousa from the mainland.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.