In the coastal town of Elounda, you’ll find three circular windmills, each designed to pivot with the wind’s direction. Contrasting the mountain-set windmills of Seli Ampelou, Elounda’s trio stands majestically by the sea, overseeing an engineered canal. These windmills don’t just offer architectural beauty; they serve as iconic markers, nestled close to the submerged ancient city of Olous.
Interest fact: Eastern Crete is characterised by droughts and robust winds, while the west is known for its generous downpours. This climate divide explains why a majority of Crete’s windmills stand tall in Lassithi, with fewer in Heraklion and Rethymno, and scarcely any in Chania.
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