Excursions

Gorge of Samaria

The Samaria Gorge in Crete is located in the southern part of the prefecture of Chania. With a length of 16 km, is probably the longest gorge in Europe after the gorge of Verdi in France. Is a national park since 1962 and is home to many endemic species of birds and animals, the most famous of which is the Cretan goat known as ibex (kri- kri). The name comes from the abandoned village of Samaria, which in turn was named after the church of Osias Mary. During the period of Tourkokratia was hiding rebels and the local population. Since 2010 is part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. The canyon is one of the major attractions of Crete attracting many thousands of tourists who want to cross the path of walking 16 km from Omalo to Agia Roumeli.

Chania

Chania, the capital of the prefecture of Chania, located in the north-eastern part of the county. Chania is the administrative, financial, commercial and transportation center of the county bearing the same name. The Municipality of Chania has actual population 53.373 inhabitants (2001 census) and an area of ​​12.564 acres. Located on the east side of Akti Chania, on the neck of the cape. The city of Chania is built on the ruins of the ancient Cydonia seen and survived many invaders, and marks of their culture are in the facades of fine monuments. The beautiful city of Chania has managed to keep the local authentic colors, despite the growing tourism. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Greece and the most picturesque of Crete. Chania is characterized by an intense spiritual life. Many cultural events take place every year (exhibitions, festivals, theatrical and musical parstaseis, art, etc.). The city has two entrances: the airport of Akrotiri, and the port of Souda (the largest in the Mediterranean). Prominent downtown place possesses the Municipal Market, a resplendent cross-shaped building which was completed in 1913, the ratio of Marseilles.. At a short distance from the city center you will find the Public Garden next to the Park of Peace and Friendship of peoples. The gardens are the prettiest in Crete. The public garden has a small zoo with animals from Cretan fauna. The Venetian harbor, picturesque, at any time and season attracts visitors and locals both for its beauty and for the choices of entertainment for all tastes and demands. The old city “intramural” districts preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow cobblestone streets surrounded with tasteful renewed houses of various ages, are offered for a pleasant stroll. City museums host a rich archaeological material and exhibits outlining a timeless icon of cultural history of Chania.

Arkadi Monastery

The Arkadi Monastery is 23 kilometers from the town of Rethymno and the first complete fortress was created last Venetian period. The Holy Monastery of Arkadi is a historic monastery in Crete. According to tradition it was founded by Emperor Heraklion and rebuilt around the 5th century by the Byzantine Emperor Arcadius, whose name has on  his honor. Others say that it was founded by a monk named Arcadius and therefore Arkadi Monastery. Ruins of the first monastery currently kept in the northwestern part of the precinct. Built in a small fertile and verdant plateau able strategy NW. slope of Mount Ida over gorge, linking the provinces Rethymnon Mylopotamou and Amari.

Knossos

No stay in Crete can be considered complete without a visit to the magnificent palace of Knossos. The prehistoric palace with 1400 rooms counts 4000 years history. Having discovered the “English archaeologist Arthur Evans in the late 19th century, one can have a picture of the space through rehabilitation to whom bloomed the first European civilization. The story engages the legend as it was believed that the areas inhabited the anthropomorphic monster labyrinth, the Minotaur, the fruit of King Minos. Visit unique antiques “throne room”, which was discovered intact.