Entries by Irene Tsompanaki

Potamon Dam

Potamon Dam (Amari), the lake of the river formed by the barrier of Amari it was launched in 2009. The lake is located in the verdant valley of Amari, 25 kilometers southeast of Rethymno. The quite new lake has a capacity of 23 million cubic meters and is expected to become one of the most […]

The Church of St. Eftichios

The Church of St. Eftichios is a church with frescoes of 11th AD century, which is part of the Middle Byzantine monuments’ protection and promotion program. It is located in a beautiful area, in a short distance from the villas.

Old town of Rethymnon

The old town of Rethymnon is one of the best-preserved towns of the Renaissance. Lying in the heart of modern Rethymnon, it combines the oriental features of the Turkish period with Renaissance-style Venetian architecture. A stroll through the alleys of the old town is like travelling backwards in time. It is a living museum of […]

Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, 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 […]


Vrysinas is one of the mountains of Rethymno Perfecture with rich history and constant human presence through the centuries. The mountain’s flanks are verdant due to a lot of springs (vrysi=fount), which it was named after. During the Venetian and Turkish occupation, along with the cult that was still performed there, the top was also […]

Mili gorge

Mili gorge on Crete, Greece (Rethymnon) is a fairly easy gorge to walk and starts at the small village Xiro Chorio. The vegetation in the gorge is absolutely stunning. The whole area feels like a jungle. In between the amazing greenery small empty houses and a tiny deserted village can be found. Many small churches […]


Chromonastiri is a local community of Rethymno Municipality. It is a traditional settlement and is classified as it is of average cultural value. Built around the 12th-13th centuries and has been characterized as a traditional village, as several buildings were built during the Venetian period. In the years 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Chromonastiri received […]

Venetian harbor

Colorful buildings that overlook the sea, with Venetian and Turkish influences in architecture, and a picturesque lighthouse, built in the 17th century on the edge of the Venetian breakwater make up one of the most beautiful images of the city, just to the point that touches the sea. The bustling waterfront, with tables folding the […]

The Fortress

Undisputed jewel of the city for centuries is the Venetian castle, which rises up on the hill of Palaiokastro, dating back to 1575, and includes important structures such as The warehouse of artillery, where cannons and armor were stored, The residence of the Directors, where one of the two Venetian Councilors of the city was […]

The Old Town

After dark, the Old Town is the point from which all walks in Rethymno begin and end. Beyond the endless wanderings in its streets, which are the number one attraction and the favorite activity of every visitor of the city, in its sights are included The lovely Venetian Rimondi Fountain, with water springing from three […]