In the mountains of eastern Crete on the road from Makrys Gialos to Sitia there is an old Venetian villa that is worth a stop off for anyone driving to the east coast.
Theoretically the villa can be visited but every time I have stopped by it has been closed, as has the large and nice looking taverna next to it so you should assume it won’t be “open”.
The good news is that the villa can easily be climbed at the rear and the views from the roof are lovely. The taverna also has some lovely and well cared for flowers around it that are a magnet for butterflies. And lastly the nearby church offers nice photo opportunities against the striking background.
Overall I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit the villa, but if you are driving from Ierapetra or Makrys Gialos to Sitia or anywhere on the east coast (e.g. Xerokambos, Zakros, or Vai) it is well worth stopping off at