Rethymnon Prefecture

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.

Plakias – Preveli

 Plakias is a place with beautiful beaches, which attracts more and more visitors who want to discover the other face of Crete. The path to Plakias is truly impressive, as the road passes through beautiful canyon Kourtaliotiko. At the port of Plakia can find taverns and cafes. The beach of Plakias starts from the village and extends eastward. It is one of the longest beaches in Crete, offering a sense of comfort and plenty of space. Other beautiful beaches in Plakias are Damnoni, Ammoudi, small Ammoudi, Lefkogia and Schoinaria, beach beloved by those who love diving. Diving center is also close to Plakias in hotel Calypso.   Preveli located about 35km south of Rethymno and 10km east of Plakias. The beach Prevelis also known as Lake Prevelis Phoenicia, located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotiko gorge where passes the Great River. It is certainly the most famous beach in southern Crete, and receives thousands of visitors every summer. Previously, he was a favorite among hippies. On the banks of the Grand River is a large colony palms of Theophrastus, which gives the area a sense of African landscape. The river, forming a large lake 1.5km long before flowing into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and begin to ascend the magnificent gorge. In large pedestal water formed every so often you can take a cool bath. The palmforest was burned down on 8/22/2010 due to heavy fire, but surprisingly returned greatly in a short time. At the exit of the river formed a sandy beach with pebble bottom and very cool water because the river. In the eastern part of the beach there is a beautiful rock reminiscent mast. Is poorly organized, without umbrellas and there a few restaurants and snack bars nearby. Also rented a pedal boat for a ride on the river.

Margarites (Daisies)

At a distance 27 km from Rethymno on the northwestern Psiloreitis at an altitude of 300 meters from the sea, lies the picturesque village Margarites. It is known mainly for the manufacture of handmade creations that since prehistoric times the inhabitants have been able to develop, who have whitened the stockyards of  their houses and have placed large clay pots with colorful flowers in the streets and in  the whitewashed courtyards. The geographical location of the village brings you to important archaeological and historical sites, Eleutherna, Arkadi Monastery, Cave Melidonioy, Late Minoan tomb, the protected by the European Union gorge that crosses the west village, and 23 great churches many of these samples from the Byzantine period.

Spili – Agia Galini

Spili is a picturesque village located 30 km south of Rethymnon, at the foot of a small mountain, an extension of the well known mountain Kedros. The village’s name is probably due to the “cave” sight, one sees from there. The drive from Rethymno to Spili contains places of unique beauty … Before the village, 9 km after Rethymnon, there is the most spectacular of all the Minoan cemeteries in Crete, the Minoan Cemetery of Armeni, with more than 300 carved tombs (most “not looted”), which are worth visiting. Continuing south after 20 minutes, we arrive at Spili, overgrown, with abundant water and many old churches with frescoes, (St Theodore, St George, the Church of Christ, the Church of Our Lady). It is worth walking the uphill cobbled streets in the upper neighbourhood, where are retained and still inhabited the stone mansions of the village. In one of these mansions was born Thanassis Skordalos, one of the largest lyrists and teacher of Cretan music.   Agia Galini is located 61km southeast of Rethymno and 68 km southwest of Heraklion, on the south coast about the middle of the island. With the odd but fitting name, is a labyrinthine small village, amphitheatrically built, with white houses, surrounded by three mountains, Mount Asideroto, the Kedros and Psiloreitis, opens to a picturesque harbor which is very vibrant and very busy during the summer months. The small and old houses of the village appears to squeezed by bigger apartments springing up now in the region, and hotels which try to cover the increased accommodation needs for visitors. Agia Galini is famous tourist place with good beach, one of the first places to develop for tourists in southern Crete. What makes Agia Galini special is the amphitheatric arrangement of the houses, which offers great views of the harbor and the bay of Messara, while equally beautiful is the view from the port to the village standing on the hill, especially at late afternoon and at night.