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Rethymno - Crete
Rethymno - Crete
Our holiday residences are located on the highest point of the village, offering irresistible view of the city of Rethymno, the venetian castle “Fortezza” and the mesmerizing Cretan Archipelagos. Our guests have the chance to wander in the lanes and the churches of the traditional Cretan village and to trek in the famous E4 path of Mount Vrisinas.
Rethymno is the third biggest city of the island of Crete and one of the most attractive and best surviving Venetian cities. It is a vacation paradise in the Mediterranean with various tourist facilities, numerous sights, plenty of sandy beaches and a long Greek summer, that counts the most days of sunshine throughout the country. Whether you're looking for excitement- filled excursions, or a lazy day at the beach, Rethymnon has something to offer- sand beachesfor lounging, bars, nightclubs for partying away the nights, excellent restaurants, such as stunning coastal road and a dreamy Old Town for your daytime or evening walks.
The Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated on a fertile plateau 23 km (14 mi) to the southeast of Rethymnon on the island of Crete in Greece. The current catholicon (church) dates back to the 16th century and is marked by the influence of the Renaissance.
This influence is visible in the architecture, which mixes both Roman and baroque elements. As early as the 16th century, the monastery was a place for science and art and had a school and a rich library. Situated on a plateau, the monastery is well fortified, being surrounded by a thick and high wall.
The monastery played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt of 1866. 943 Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days of battle and under orders from the hegumen of the monastery, the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender.
Mili Gorge is a stunning green oasis near the town of Rethymno. It is actuallya ravine inside which hosts a huge number of plants and trees, a real botanic garden. It is located north of the village Chromonastiri and south of Xero Chorio.
In recent years it attracts many walkers who trek along a nice trail. At the middle of the canyon we meet the deserted village of Mili (i.e. Mills) which is divided into two neighborhoods, Ano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Mili. Its name is taken after the water mills that were housed in the gorge, about 30. The villagers were mostly millers and almost all cereals in the region and the surrounding villages were milled at Mili.
In the mystic mountain of Vrisinas, the ways in European paths E4 , constitute an experience for nature lovers and for anyone who seek cool air and natural beauty. Forgetting the paces of modern season, the time here appears to have stopped.