Entries by Irene Tsompanaki

Potamon Lake in Amari

The Potamon lake is located in a verdant valley at Amari, 25 kilometers southeast of Rethymno. The Amari rivers dam construction in 2009 has formed this beautiful lake with a water capacity of 23 million cubic meters today. The Potamon lake is expected to become one of the most important wetlands in the southeast Mediterranean. […]

The Church of St. Eftichios

St. Eftichios is a church with amazing frescoes of the 11th century AD. It is situated in a beautiful area outside Chromonastiri, in a short distance from Alkyonides villas Rethymno. The monument is under the auspecies of the Middle Byzantine monuments’ protection and promotion program of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

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 of Rethymnon is like traveling back in time. A living museum of […]

Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, dates back to the 16th century, well known for its Renaissance influences. 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 […]

Vrysinas mountain

Vrysinas is one of the mountains of Rethymno with a rich history and constant human presence throughout the centuries. Vrysinas slopes are verdant due to the presence of many springs (vrysi=fountain), a fact the mountain was named after. During the Venetian and Turkish occupations, along with the cult that was still performed there, the mountain’s […]

Chromonastiri settlement

Chromonastiri is a local community of Rethymno Municipality. It is a traditional settlement and is classified as one of average cultural value. Several buildings of the settlement were built during the Venetian period around the 12th-13th centuries. Chromonastiri awarded for being the “cleaner and organized traditional community” during the years 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The Venetian harbor in Rethymno

Colorful buildings that overlook the sea with Venetian and Turkish architectural influences 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 framed by the tables of […]

The Fortress of Rethymno

The Venetian castle has been an undisputed jewel of the city of Rethymno for centuries. Dating back to 1575, the fortress of Rethymno rises up on the hill of Palaiokastro ovelooking the city. Important structures found within the Fortress of Rethymno: The warehouse of artillery, where cannons and armor were stored The residence of the […]

The Old Town of Rethymno

After dark, the Old Town of Rethymno is the point from which all walks begin and end. The number one attraction and the favorite activity of every visitor of the city is the endless wandering in its cobbled street network. Rethymnon’s worth visiting sights: The lovely Venetian Rimondi Fountain, with water springing from three lion […]