The seaside village of Agia Galini is
located about 56 km. southeast of
Rethymnon. It is believed that in ancient
times this was the site of worship of the
goddess Artemis. This was also the location
of the ancient village of Soulia or Soulina.
Later on, the Monastery of Galinios Christ,
giving its name to the village, was built on the
ruins of the temple of Artemis. During the
last few years, Agia Galini has developed
into a resort attracting many visitors in the
summer. Its stone covered alleys with the
traditional whitewashed houses, built at the
centre of the small, distinctive harbour give
the village a notable beauty.
From Agia Galini you have easy access to the
nearby sea caves, which you will visit on a
traditional "khaiki" (fishing boat) and will
have a chance to admire the exquisite colours
of their waters.
Amari is a typical mountainous
village, with authentic Cretan colour. Located
40 km away from Rethymno, it was once the
capital of the county of the same name.
The area is very fertile, full of cherry-
trees, apricot-trees and all kinds of fruit-trees
which give the area unique colour.
When at Amari, one can visit the
famous church of Agia Anna with the
beautiful frescoes (1225 AD), while from
there, one should travel to Monastery
Asomaton, just 5 km away from the area.
The picturesque village of Anogia is
located on the border of the Prefectures of
Rethymno and Heraklio. Its history reaches
the end of centuries, as the Doric expressions,
used in the local dialect, indicate. The people
of Anogia helped significantly in the fight
against all conquerors. The village was
destroyed twice, the first time in 1822 by the
Turks, and the second, in August 15th 1944,
by the German.
The people of Anogia are very
different from the other Cretans. They keep
tradition alive as far as clothing, food, dialect
and social gatherings are concerned. The
local costume is very famous.
From Anogia, one should visit mount
Ida (Psiloritis) and Idaion Andron.
The seaside resort village of Bali is
located at a distance of about 31 km.
northeast of Rethymnon. According to
historians, this was the site of the ancient
town of Astali, which was the port of ancient
Today Bali is typical village community, with
about 150 inhabitants, built at the centre of
the Galinios Bay which attracts a great
number of visitors during the summer
From Bali the visitor has easy access to the
16th century Monastery of St. Jonh the
The traditional village of Margarites is
located at a distance of about 31 km.
southeast of Rethymnon. According to
legend, the village was founded by Queen
Margharita, who gave her name to it.
Today, Margarites has about 350 residents,
who live mainly off animal husbandry,
agriculture and pottery. At the village shops
you will find beautiful pottery and other
items of traditional art.
The seaside resort of Plakias is
located at a distance of 34 km. south of
Rethymon. The few residents live off fishing
and tourism , since the last few years the area
is characterised by tourist development, and
its extensive beaches attract great numbers of
visitors during the summer months.
Rethymno is is the capital city of the
homonymous County, at the north side of the
island. At the site of the contemporary town,
it is believed to have existed the ancient city
of Rithimna, populated during the later-
minoan period, a fact which makes more
sense since the discovery of a later-minoan
age tomb, of great historical importance, in
the Mastabas neighbourhood. During the
venetian occupation of the city, a strong
fortress was built with a length of 1.400
meters, as well as the well known castle of
Fortetza, in order to protect it from enemy
Modern day Rethymno, with about 20.000
residents, is built mainly around the busy
harbour. In its picturesque streets you will
find contemporary buildings, traditional
homes as well as mosques, byzantine
churches, and structures of the venetian and
turkish occupation periods. Among them you
will notice the historic buildings of the
Venetian Lotzia, the venetian mansions, the
Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin
Mary, the churches of Santa Maria, the Lady
of the Angels, and of San Francesco, the
mosques of Veli Pasha, of Kara Moysa Pasha,
of the Great Entrance and the Neratzes
Mosque. Also, the turksih school, the turkish
baths and the beautiful Rimonti spring. In the
city of Rethymnon you can also visit the Art
Gallery, as well as the worthwhile
Archaelogical and the Historic-Laographic
The picturesque village of Spili is
located at a distance of 28 km. southeast of
Rethymnon and it has about 800 residents.
This is a mountain village, built at an altitude
of 430 km. in an area full of trees and many
streams. In the village central square you will
find 25 marble springs, bringing crystal clear,
drinking water from the Psiloritis mountain.
Among the traditional village homes, you will
locate the Churches of Aghioi Theodori,
Aghios Georgios and the Metamorphosis of
the Sotira (Saviour), inside which you will
admire the beautiful wallpaintings and the
icons. From Spili you can easily visit the