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Potamon Dam

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 important wetlands in the southeast Mediterranean. Already, many species of birds and animals are beginning to emerge in the region. Visitors of the wider area visit the dam and admire the really beautiful scenery!

Saint Eftychios church

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.

Rethymno port old town

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 monuments of past centuries. Despite the damage sustained in the Second World War, many Venetian and Turkish monuments still stand, especially as the town has not been struck by major earthquakes.

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 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 (abbot) of the monastery, the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender.
Arkadi monastery became a national sanctuary in honor of the Cretan resistance. November 8 is a day of commemorative parties in Arkadi and Rethymno. The explosion did not end the Cretan insurrection, but it attracted the attention of the rest of the world.

Vrysinas

Vrysinas

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 used as a watch. During the Greek War for Independence, many battles took place at this same location. At present, it is the fire watchtower.
The northern edges of Vrysinas are contiguous to the sea. While driving from Heraklio to Rethymno, when you reach the Panormo settlement, you will see the mountain Vrysinas as if emerging from the sea, rising gradually to the top and then lowering towards southeast, trying to adjoin Psiloritis.

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 can be admired as well.

Chromonastiri

Chromonastiri

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 an award of the “cleaner and organized traditional community”.

Chania Crete Venetian harbour

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 taverns and cafés, which frame it, is the ultimate meeting place all day and night.
Being in Crete automatically means that you are in a place famous for its flavors and its “real” scents.
Vast dreamy beaches,
Venetian old towns,
Castles and palm groves,
Wild canyons and
Unique archaeological sites,
Cosmopolitan resorts and
Traditional recipes that but climb to the top of most healthy Mediterranean diet, making crazy the food writers.

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 residing,
The residence of the Rector, a luxurious and magnificent building in the main square of the fortress,
The mosque of Ibrahim Khan

The small church of Agios Theodoros Trichinas (St. Theodore the Hair-Shirt Wearer)
Erofili Theater, which every summer hosts the Renaissance Festival of Rethymno.

Chania Crete light house

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 water basins , three lion shaped water exits,
The Historical and Folklore Museum which is housed in a beautiful Venetian mansion,
The Turkish school of 1796 with its beautiful square,
The impressive church of San Francesco and

The Mosque of Gazi Hussein Pasha, right next to it, which today houses the Conservatory of Music.