Outside Rethymno

MOST VISITED LOCATIONS

Mili Gorge

7 km outside Rethymno, to the south, up on the hills, it is an idyllic one-day tour . A real paradise, a place of purifying harmony, beauty and peace, the splendour of nature. A walk to another world, unspoiled and uplifting, untouched from progress or tourism, in the green, between trees and plants, along little steams, under the songs and sounds of many kind of birds. Taking Theotokopoulou street, passing from Evligias hill, with the pine tree forest, the road comes to the Nunnery of Agia Irini. It was founded in 981 and it is one of the oldest monasteries in Crete. 2 km after, there is the new village of Mili from where you can get down to Mili gorge and the old settlement. Taking the gorge to the end, it leads back to the coast of Rethymno.

Arkadi Monastery

Originally built in the 14th century and re-built in the 16th century, it is located in an attractive hill, 23 km south-east of Rethymno. In the center of the complex stands the Byzantine church. It is well known as one of the most important centers of the Cretan resistance against the Turkish occupation and a symbol of fight for freedom. In 1866 the Turks sent 15000 men to besiege the monastery. After two days siege and when the entrance was bombed by the Turkish canons, Cretans chose not to surrender and set fire to the store of gun powder, blowing themselves up. Shot and sword marks can be seen on the door, walls and the table inside the refectory. Monastery, ossuary and museum open daily.

Argiroupoli

West and south of Rethymno, on the mountains, at the site of the ancient town of Lappa, which prospered during the Roman years. Before entering the village, on the right, the road turns to the sources of the The Holy Power, where the springs of the mountains, running from everywhere, join in small waterfalls and powerful streams. The sound of the impetuous water, the greenery and the freshness make this place a small oasis during the summer heat.

Margaritas Village

West and south of Rethymno, on the mountains, at the site of the ancient town of Lappa, which prospered during the Roman years. Before entering the village, on the right, the road turns to the sources of the The Holy Power, where the springs of the mountains, running from everywhere, join in small waterfalls and powerful streams. The sound of the impetuous water, the greenery and the freshness make this place a small oasis during the summer heat.

Melidoni Cave

Melidoni Cave is situated about 2 km from the village of Melidoni, near Rethymno, in an alitutude of 220m.  You will reach it by following the signs to Perama (about 25 km from Rethymno) and Melidoni, from the old national road.  Its archaeological findings are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. The cave was also the mythical home of Talos – the giant bronze protector of Crete. Is 140 m long with 6 chambers.

Cave Zoniana Cave (Sfedoni)

Beautiful cave, on the slopes of Psiloritis mountain, at an altitude of 630 m. It is 10 km west of Anogia, 52 km south of Rethymno. The cave has 14 chambers and covers an area of 3000 sq. m, but the walking route is only 270 m.It is one of the most important caves in Greece. The cave’s unique and rare beauty mesmerizes everybody, establishing it as one of Crete’s most beautiful caves. Large columns create labyrinthine compartments inside the cave and stalactites and stalagmites of different colors and shapes decorate the cave’s chambers.

Monastery Preveli

Monastery Preveli is located about 35km south of Rethymno You will be delighted with the magnificent view of the Libyc sea. You can admire the wood carved chancel with religious icons that are real masterpieces and represent scenes from the Bible in a detailed way. Some of these icons date back to 1750. The catholicon of the monastery is a two-aisled popular art church, built in 1836. You will also find a small museum exhibiting religious icons that date back to the 19th century. There are also interesting documents dating back to 1798 as well as the ledgers of the monastery dating back to the 19th century.

Beach of Preveli

Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) is flowing.

It is certainly the most famous beach in southern Crete, accepting thousands of visitors every summer. The river, forming a large lake, 500m long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. You can swim in the cold ponds formed in the gorge. At the exit of the river, a sandy beach with pebbles and sand is formed, with sea water being very cool due to the river. In the eastern part of the beach, there is a beautiful rock reminding of a mast. It is poorly organized because the area is protected, without any umbrellas, but with a few restaurants and snack bars nearby. Moreover, you could rent pedal boats for a ride in the river.

Kournas lake

Kournas lake is 28 km on the west of Rethymno, 4 km from Georgioupolis. It should be visited for the wonderful scenery surrounded by The White Mountains.

Triopetra

Triopetra is located about 52 km south of Rethymno and 13 km southeast of the village Akoumia, at the foot of the mountain Siderotas and next to dense green olive groves. Its name comes from its dominating feature: three impressive rocks that emerge from the blue sea. The beach is sandy, with crystal-clear water – and breathtaking sunsets: a perfect setting for peace and quiet. It is not a coincidence that a Yoga centre has chosen to operate here. Little Triopetra is a mildly organized beach – umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, whilst nearby you will find tavernas. At the east end, called Stomio (the Mouth), there exists a small harbour. The east part of Large Triopetra is similarly organized – a few umbrellas, sunbeds and showers, and 2-3 tavernas operating just off the beach.

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Axos village

Axos village small village, 44 km south east of Rethymno, on Idi mountain, at the site of the ancient settlement of Axos, used by the the refuge of the Minoans to be protected from the Dorian invasion. During the venetian occupation the population moved to Anogia. Many byzantine churches can be visited.

Anogia village

Anogia village is one of the most famous Cretan villages for its tradition in the Cretan way of life and music. 8 km after Axos, it is a starting place for visiting the very impressive Idi (Psiloritis) mountain (2452 m), the cave of Ideon Adron, an ancient place of worship and where according to mythology Zeus grew up, the Nida plateau (1500m) and, during the winter, the ski center.

Eleftherna

Some km after Arkadi monastery, it is the most important archaeological site in Rethymno. Inhabited from the ancient years till the Byzantine era, it is the only site in Crete that can give valuable information to archaeologists in how a settlement developed during the years. There can be seen the ruins of dwelling complexes, sanctuaries, cemeteries, the ancient wall, the aqueduct, the huge cisterns and the bridges and an early Christian basilica. Eleftherna is not yet an organised archaeological site.

Bali

Bali is a fish village 27 km east of Rethymno , the second main resort on the north coast of the prefecture, after the town of Rethymno. Very picturesque, with wonderful bays and port, it is built in the ancient site of Astali. To find it take the bus to Iraklion.

Georgioupolis

Georgioupolis is a village 24 km west of Rethymno on the north coast, which grew to a tourist resort, during the last years. Here ends Mouselas river. You will find it by taking the bus to Hania. Close to this village (4 km south) is the picturesque village of Vrisses and 5 km west, the village of Vamos with a special interest in Cretan tradition.

Petres

Petres. Long sandy beach, starting 12 km west of Rethymno, spreading until Georgioupolis. Taking the bus to Hania.

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