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The area has significant archaeological value. Somewhere nearby was the Minoan goddess of childbirth Eileithya worshiped. Also, the ancient name for the carob tree is “keratonia” or “keronia”, which confirms some of the accounts regarding the origin of the name.

Archaeological explorations have revealed traces of the ruins of a Venetian fortress, considered to have been built to face the pirates. According to some, the remains of the ancient city of “Keraia” might be located on the “Kerato” (Horn) rock, a view which is based on archaeological finds. As ancient artifacts, were found in “Nyxteridospilio”, the largest cave in the area.

 

Modern History

Keratokampos started been built and inhabited in the 50s. Until then, the area had some small buildings/ warehouses, serving merchants storage their products (oil, beans, citrus, etc.). These buildings were known by the name “Magatzedes” and were created between 1900-1930.

During this period (early 20th century), the settlement was a small shopping centre, founded by the Cretan State as a station for loading and unloading goods to, and from other towns and villages of Crete, as the road was not developed.

Gradually, after the 80s, tourist infrastructure was developed in Keratokampos and the neighboring Kastri, and both villages started receiving many tourists every year.

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