Dionysades

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Dionysades
Διονυσάδες
Dionysades2.JPG
The Dionysades group of islands seen from Sitia.
Dionysades is located in Greece
Dionysades
Geography
Coordinates 35°21′N 26°11′E / 35.35°N 26.18°E / 35.35; 26.18Coordinates: 35°21′N 26°11′E / 35.35°N 26.18°E / 35.35; 26.18
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Total islands 4
Country
Greece
Region Crete
Regional unit Lasithi
Demographics
Population 0 (as of 2001)

The Dionysades (Greek: Διονυσάδες, also Γιανυσάδες - Gianysades) is a small group of islands off Sitia on the northeast coast of Crete. The group includes the islands Gianysada, Dragonada, Paximada, and Paximadaki. Administratively this group comes within the Sitia municipality in Lasithi.

This island group is part of an environmentally protected area with many rare plants and animals including the falcon, Falco eleonorae, which finds sanctuary here.[1][2]

These islands were once a place of worship of the ancient Greek god Dionysus. Archaeologists have found artifacts, from ancient and early Christian eras, indicating that the islands may have been inhabited in the past.

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  1. ^ [1] Βορειανατολικό άκρο της Κρήτης Διονυσάδες, Ελάσα και Χερσόνησος Σιέρο (Greek)
  2. ^ [2] Chances and limits of floristic island inventories : The Dionysades group (South Aegean, Greece) re-visited.

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