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GALINI EXPRESS is a fully licensed shuttle, transport company that provide transport services in Crete.
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Galini Express welcomes you, as well you are visiting Agia Galini for holidays Galini Express offers to you the choice to visit places, beaches and villages of south Crete with low cost excursions in small groups with our own bus. You can find information’s for our weekly excursions schedule in the related link. Galini Express is always on time providing a safe and comfortable ride.
Galini Express also offers transport from/to airports of chania and heraklion for small or medium groups. Booking your transfer with us, we can assure you that our bus will be waiting for you at the designated place and time. You will be welcomed with a warm and friendly smile, you will arrive swiftly, securely and comfortably to your destination, be that in Agia Galini or any place in south crete.
Also you can hire the midi bus for one or more day trips.
Galini Express can take you everywhere you wish, from simple transfers for swimming near to Agia Galini to day trips in all over the island . The schedule is flexible and can be changed upon agreement with the client-passenger.
Hire our Mini Bus (14 seats) with driver for private day trips
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Agia Galini village is located on the southeast coast of Rethymnon prefecture, in the municipality of Agios Vasilios in Crete Island,Greece. Crete island is known for it's excellent climate, moreover Agia Galini has one of the best micro-climates on Crete, mild throughout the year, the sun shine every day even in the middle of winter. With a wonderful and diverse surrounding natural environment it is an ideal destination for an outdoorsy type of vacation.
Agios Georgios is located 6.5 km west of Agia Galini, the name of the region comes from the very old church of St. George, which is known for its frescoes.
The coastline of the area consists of two small bays with pebble beaches separated by a rocky shore. The weather encountered is usually very mild and the crystal clear water makes these beaches ideal for swimming. The route from Agia Galini with bus via paved road takes about 15 minutes.There are a taverna and a Cafe - Snack Bar , with umbrellas and sea beds on the beach.
You can access the beach with bus daily from Agia Galini to Agios Georgios .Book your tickets a day before and we will pick you from your hotel (galiniexpress.com). For any extra shuttle do not hesitate to contact with us in whats app : +306936923848.
Matala is a small village located in Messara bay 30 km East to Agia Galini.Matala is a natural port and was used as main port of festos during the minoan period and lately from Gortynians and Romans.In the cliff of Matala bay there are artificial caves,were created in the Neolithic age but the 1st and 2nd centuries the caves used as tombs,one of caves is called "Brutospeliana" because according to the legend it was frequented by the Roman general Brutus.In 1960s the caves occupied by hippies and Matala became famous as the home of CHILDREN OF FLOWERS as they called themselves.Canadian popular folk singer JONI MITCHELLs experiences with the Matala hippies were immortalized in her 1971 song,CAREY.Matala village now ,living mainly from tourism.Since 2011 established the weekend music beach festival in Matala every summer.For 2022 12 of June!The musical journey continues...Peace & Love to everybody!The route from Agia Galini is about 50 minutes by Galini express bus! MORE INFO : http://www.matalabeachfestival.org/
The archaeological site of Phaistos is located 20 km east of Agia Galini in the fertile plain of Messara, on Agios Ioannis hill, at an altitude of 100 m from sea level. You can access Phaistos from Agia Galini taking the road to Moires, an asphalt road of fairly good condition with panoramic views to the Messara plain. Phaistos (GR: Φαιστός - also spelled : Phaestos, Phaestus, Faistos, Festus and Festos) was one of the most important centres of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C. The Minoan city covered a considerable area around the palatial centre. After the destruction of the palace in the 15th century, the city continued to be inhabited in the Mycenaean and Geometric periods, that is, until the 8th century B.C. The exact location of the Palace of Phaistos was first determined in the middle of the 19th century by the British admiral Spratt, while the archaeological investigation of the palace started in 1884 by the Italians F. Halbherr and A. Taramelli. After the declaration of the independent Cretan State in 1898, excavations were carried out by F. Halbherr and L. Pernier in 1900-1904 and later, in 1950-1971, by Doro Levi, under the auspices of the Italian Archaeological School at Athens. More about the excavations at Phaistos Although many inscriptions were found by the archaeologists, they are all in Linear A code which is still undeciphered, and all we know about the site, even its name are based to the ancient writers and findings from Knossos. According to mythology, Phaistos was the seat of king Radamanthis, brother of king Minos. It was also the city that gave birth to the great wise man and soothsayer Epimenidis, one of the seven wise men of the ancient world. Excavations by archaeologists have unearthed ruins of the Neolithic times (3.000 B.C.). During the Minoan times, Phaistos was a very important city-state. Its dominion, at its peak, stretched from cape Lithinon to cape Psychion (Today cape Melissa at Agios Pavlos, South Rethymnon) and included the Paximadia islands. The city participated to the Trojan war and later became one of the most important cities-states of the Dorian period. Phaistos continued to flourish during Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic times. It was destroyed by the Gortynians during the 3rd century B.C. In spite of that, Phaistos continued to exist during the Roman period. Phaistos had two ports, Matala and Kommos. Ariving at Phaistos you will find a large parking area in a few distance from the palace. You have to walk a little, through a paved road until the entrance of the archaeological site where there is the "Phaistos Xenia", a complex of cafe - restaurant, shops with post-cards, guide-books, maps etc. for the visitors. The view from here is great, all around the plain, the mountains of Ida and Asteroussia and the bay of Messara.
MIRES Bazaar: MIRES is a near town (25 km from Agia Galini) in Heraklion prefecture, every Saturday morning a bazaar take place there, it is a very popular bazaar among the locals and many villagers visitors that might find about it. It take place on the main street that cross MIRES city. In this Bazaar you can find everything you can think, from local fresh fruits and vegetables to souvenirs, dresses, shoes, swimsuits, it depends how much time you spend looking! It is a worth visiting happening and a chance to get a feeling of the locals and ofcourse for shopping!!
Heraklion airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” or Heraklion International airport, is the second busiest airport in Greece. It took its name from the famous author Nikos Kazantzakis and is 4km from the center of the city at Alikarnassos.
HERACLION AIRPORT ‘’Ν.ΚΑΖΑΝΤΖΑΚIS ‘’
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Heraklion or Iraklion Ηράκλειο, Irákleio, is the largest city and the administrative capital of the island of Crete and capital of Heraklion regional unit. It is the fourth largest city in Greece with a population of 200000 according to the 2011 census. Heraklion is close to the ruins of the palace of Knossos also known as the Palace of Minoas, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete. Knossos had a port at the site of Heraklion (at Poros - Katsambas neighborhood) from the beginning of Early Minoan period (3500 to 2100 BC). Between 1600 and 1525 BC, the port was destroyed by a volcanic tsunami from nearby Santorini, leveling the region and covering it with ash. The museum of Heraklion is in the center of the city which ideal for shopping tour too.
The coastal setlement of Agios Pavlos is located 19 km west to Agia Galini.The name is comming from the small cave-church in which apostle Paul found refuge during his trip to Rome waiting for the winds to abate.In asheltered bay there is a beautiful hidden beach with deep crystal waters,around there are several room for rent and taverns.The place is ideal for swimmng and sun therapy with your family.Visitors can enjoy delicious food or small snacks and ice creams.Many visitors return every year to practice yoga as the area considered ideal for such activities.On the easter side of the setlement visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of wild rocks that reach the sea and looks like a sleeping dragon on the beach.Right behind the rocks there are a sandy beach in which nudism is free.The route is 50 minutes aboute from Agia Galini.
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Zaros (Greek: Ζαρός) is a village part of the municipality Faistos, of which it is a municipal unit. Population 3,400 . Zaros village, at an altitude of 400 meters, is a village with a lake and gorge nearby. The village is 40 km from Agia Galini at the southern foothills of Mount Psiloritis. Various excavations in the region indicate that the Minoans and the Romans settled here, lured by the abundant supply of fresh water. This spring water supplied the great Roman capital of Gortys as well. In addition Byzantine Monasteries are nearly as abundant as the spring water. Zaros is an ideal base for walkers and not only, Starting with a visit to the beautiful Votomos lake overlooked by rocky heights, where you can enjoy your coffee while gazing at its blue green waters, feed the ducks and fish, or walk around the lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery. For the more active lovers, the Agiou Nikolaou Gorge is the ideal choice. The path starts at the Zaros lake and passes by many interesting sights and places, starting with the Agiou Nikolaou Monastery, 900 metres further down. Close by is Rouvas Gorge, which is part of the Psiloritis mountain range and is on the hiking route known as the E4 European Walking Path. About 2,5 kilometres down the path you will find the entrance to the canyon which leads to the amazing forest in Rouvas, one of the few oak forests in Greece. There you will find the Agiou Ioanni (St. John) church. The length of the route from the lake to the forest is 5 kilometres and requires about 2,5 hours when hiking uphill and 1,5 hours when hiking downhill. The villagers of Zaros produce olive oil, sultanas, vegetables and famous ZAROS spring water, which are now bottled and sold all over Greece. There are a couple of taverna’s that serves trout. The fishfarm Votomos Taverna' serves fresh and home grown Salmon, Trout and Sturgeon, you find the fishfarm Votomos, 700 mtrs outside of zaros, direct left from the old watermill (700 years old and still milling).
Within the 2000 m² organically cultivated vineyard, the state-of-the-art winery with its unique architecture was built. Our goal is not the mass production. It is to produce Cretan wines of the finest quality from grapes organically grown in our vineyard and we create wine with respect in accordance with the international high quality standards.”Domaine Zacharioudakis” was created at the top of the hill “Orthi Petra” located in the south part of Crete, at an altitude of 500 metres, north of ancient Gortina, next to the village of Plouti. In the year 2000, journalist Stelios Zacharioudakis and his spouse, Victoria, began the implementation of their vision to create an area as a tribute to the vineyard and wine, an area to mark the modern and very promising wine history of Crete.
Arcadi Monastery Located on a plateau at an altitude of 500m, 18km South-East of Rethymnon, the imposing monastery of Arkadi has been a symbol of freedom in Crete for centuries.The monastery gained international fame during the Cretan revolution against the Turks in 1866-1869. The highest offer of the Monastery is its self-sacrifice, heroism and pious altruism as says in Crete 'the best time to die someone is when he is fighting for his nation freedom. The monastery proved to be not only a remarkable cultural centre, but also played an all-important role in the fight against the Turks: when the Turkish Army (15,000 men) surrounded the monastery in November 1866, 300 fighting men and 600 hundred women and children had taken refuge in it. When the walls came tumbling down and the Turks began the massacre, one of the rebels, Kostis Giamboudakis, blew up the powder magazine and the sky-high explosion reduced the monastery to a pile of rubble. This heroic feat is considered one of the greatest in Cretan history and has turned the Arkadi Monastery into one of Europe's Monuments to Freedom. There's a museum in the monastery with many impressive relics of the 1866 Holocaust and some beautiful icons. The Monastery gave its fights against slavery. It managed to shake off the traces that the enemy fiercely desired to settle and succeeded in changing the course of the Cretan history.The anniversary of the Arkadi tragedy is marked every year and is celebrated as a public holiday on Crete.
There is evidence of human occupation in Gortyn as far back as the Neolithic era (7000 BC). Many artifacts have been found from the Minoan period, as well as some from the Dorian (circa 1100 BC). Although it is disputed whether the city was in development during the Minoan period, it is true that the city was in existence during the heroic times, because it is referenced by Homer, among the cities of Crete that were flourishing and were well fortified. The city was complimented by Plato and many others. The city of Gortyn surpassed the prominence of Phaistos during the first millennium BC, Phaistos having been the most significant city on Crete during Minoan times. The period of its great prosperity, however, coincided with the Hellenistic era. Gortyn was the most powerful and prosperous city of Crete and took hegemony of the island, dominating the entire valley from Messara to Levina and, later in the 2nd century after the destruction of Phaistos, extended its power to Matala. Gortyn had excellent relations with Ptolemy IV of Egypt, and experienced a new period of prosperity during the Roman period. As it had allied with the Romans, it avoided the disaster that happened to many other Cretan cities, when invaded by Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus in 68 BC. Gortyn continued to rise under Roman rule, and became the capital of the joint province of Creta et Cyrenaica. From the 4th century it was the capital of a separate province of Crete. The city was destroyed in ca. AD 828 by invading Arabs, who established their own state on the island. One of the first Christian temples was built here and the remains of an important Christian cathedral of Crete can still be seen today. This cathedral, dedicated to St. Titus, the first Bishop of Crete, was erected in the 6th century AD. Built with large isodomic stones, this cathedral keeps its intended height only in the areas of the Holy Bema and in pastophoria. The church structure is a cruciform with a dome which is based on four pillars. The law code of Gortyn Among archaeologists, ancient historians, and classicists Gortyn is known today primarily because of the 1884 discovery of the Gortyn Code which is both the oldest and most complete known example of a code of ancient Greek law. The code was discovered on the site of a structure built by the Roman emperor Trajan, the Odeon, which for the second time, reused stones from an inscription-bearing wall that also had been incorporated into the foundation of an earlier Hellenistic structure. Although portions of the inscriptions have been placed in museums such as the Louvre in Paris, a modern structure at the site of the mostly ruined Odeon now houses many of the stones bearing the famous law code." A copy of the code has been returned to Athens by the Italian Museum in Taranto and is now housed in the Greek Bouli. The curator of the Taranto Museum spoke in Greek and told the famous and political guests that, "Greece is not part of Europe, it is Europe." The myth of Europa and Zeus Classical Greek mythology has it that Gortyn was the site of one of Zeus' many affairs. This myth features the princess Europa, whose name has been applied to the continent, Europe. Disguised as a bull, Zeus abducted Europa from Lebanon and they had an affair under a plane tree (platanus), a tree that may be seen today in Gortys. Following this affair three children were born, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon, who became the kings of the three Minoan Palaces in Crete. The identification of Europa in this myth gives weight to the claim that the civilization of the European continent was born on the island of Crete. A colossal statue of Europa sitting on the back of a bull was discovered at the amphitheatre in Gortyn in the nineteenth century and is now in the collections of the British Museum. Many coins were found with Europa representations on the back, showing that the people honored Europa as a great goddess. Gortyn and The Odyssey According to Book III of Homer's The Odyssey, Menelaus and his fleet of ships, returning home from the Trojan War, were blown off course to the Gortyn coastline. Homer describes stormy seas that pushed the ships against a sharp reef, ultimately destroying many of the vessels but sparing the crew.
Triopetra is located about 52km south of Rethymno and 30km southwest of Agia Galini, at the foot of the mountain Siderotas and next to dense green olive groves. It is the central part of the vast beachfront, called Akoumiani Gialia, i..e Akoumian Beach. This is named like this because the wider area of Triopetra was once the winter “refuges” of Akoumia village residents, who had built small cottages to spend the night near their lands. Today, the lucky Akoumians have repaired the cottages near the stunning beach. Triopetra consists mainly of two beaches, which are separated by a small peninsula. At the edge of the peninsula, in the sea, three majestic rocks rise. Triopetra is named after these rocks, since it means “Three Rocks”. The first beach, known as Small Triopetra (or Koumado), is located in a closed sandy and rocky bay, south of the three rocks. In its southern edges Akoumianos River empties, which separates it from the magical beach of St. Paul Sandhills. The main beach of Triopetra, West Triopetra (or Chatzi), is formed west of the rocks and extends to the west for several kilometers. The beach has beautiful coarse sand and beautiful water colors. Its west-orientation makes it vulnerable to the western winds, but also famous for its fantastic sunsets. The east part of the beach is organized with taverns, rooms and umbrellas, but never seems crowded. There is a small river, with fresh water all year round. Camping is not allowed on the beach, but there is a stunning big cave with shape Δ near the three rocks, where you can find shade. The west part of Triopetra is not organised. There is a dirt road that runs along the beach and heads to the next beach, called Ligres.
Crete Spili Rethymno: Spili is a picturesque village located at an altitude of 430 metres and 35 km north-west of AGIA GALINI . Due to its fabulous location the village offers an astonishing view to the sea and the entire surrounding filled with trees, fountains, springs and chapels and churches with wonderful murals. The main square of the village is lovely and has a fine stone fountain constituted by a row of stone carved lion heads from where crystal clear water flows. The village is famous for producing unique weaving. The important battle of Mesara, one of the many against the Turkish occupation, took place in 1833 in the village of Spili. A few taverns and accommodations are available in Spili. Some interesting Byzantine churches and a medieval tower are quite interesting to visit.
Patsos Gorge Rethymnon area: A spectacular gorge, in which a lot of climbing and trekking is needed. The Patsos canyon runs through a beautiful walking area on Crete. The trail through the gorge is well indicated. You walk along and through the river. For this hike you need good walking shoes (and an extra pair of socks), a backpack and enough water. During the summer it is lovely and not too hot to hike here, since there is a lot of shade. In springtime quite a bit of water flows through the river, which means you will have to walk in it. This is also the time to admire the beautiful flowers and plants that grow in the gorge. In autumn the amount of water in the gorge has gone down, which make the hike a lot easier. Should you want to hike through the Patsos gorge in the winter, you really have to be an experienced hiker, since after rainfall the hike becomes a real challenge. With some bad weather conditions the gorge is not even accessible.
Watercity Waterpark WATERCITY provides people of all ages with the chance to enjoy their holidays, explore the beautiful park, relax by the pools, spend hours and hours on our exciting and thrilling games and rides, enjoy the sunshine, have a snack or a drink in our many restaurants and bars and shop for souvenirs for their loved ones. Our main aim is to make your day as pleasurable as possible! This is the best amusement park on the island, don’t miss it! SAFETY At Watercity the safety of our visitors is of utmost importance. For that reason we have fully trained lifeguards and staff. The park operates according to all international rules and specifications for the safety of its visitors.
Hóra Sfakíon (Greek: Χώρα Σφακίων) or Sfakia (Σφακιά [sfaˈca]) is a town on the south coast of Crete, Greece. It is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakiá, and is a small town of just 278 inhabitants (2001 census). It lies on the south coast near the end of the Imbros Gorge, . It has two small harbours, where the ferry boats from Agia Roumeli dock, which in the summer bring the hikers from the Samaria Gorge to take buses back to the northern coast. From Hóra Sfakíon ferries also go to the nearby coastal town of Loutro and the island Gavdos. Hóra Sfakíon is a small village with a main harbourfront of tavernas, two minimarkets, a butcher, and a bakery. There is a quiet local beach immediately west of the village, and several pebbly beaches nearby. Hóra Sfakíon has a variety of tourist accommodations: rooms, studios, and apartments. The local economy is based on tourism, fishing, olive-oil production, and sheep and goat herding. Hóra Sfakíon prospered during the Venetian and Turkish occupations and up to the 18th century carried on a flourishing trade with its own small fleet. It was said to have had a hundred churches, but it suffered badly from wartime bombardment during the Battle of Crete and the Allied evacuation that followed. Hóra Sfakíon is famous as one of the centers of resistance against the occupying forces of both the Venetians and the Turks. The impenetrable White Mountains to the north combined with the rocky beaches on the south helped the locals fight off all invaders. Anopolis, a village near Hóra Sfakíon, is the birthplace of one of the most celebrated Cretan revolutionaries, Daskalogiannis. Sfakia is the name for the region in Crete which covers a large proportion of the south west coast, including the villages of Chora Sfakion (commonly called Sfakia) and Loutro. Sfakia remains in the prefecture of Chania. The people of Sfakia are famous within Crete as they have never allowed the region to ever become fully occupied by foreign invaders. The locals of Sfakia are very friendly and welcoming but very strong willed and upstanding. Chora Sfakion the seaside capital of the area of Sfakia, is a coastal village located on the Southwestern coast of Crete . It has a small beachfront surrounded by local Tavernas and a Hotel or two, also a small harbour where you can jump on a ferry to the other villages around the area and also to the dock of Samaria gorge. The road from Chania to Sfakia crosses the island from North to South, through the village of Vrises. At the 33rd km off the road Chania-Rethymnon leave the main Highway and follow a paved side road to Vrises. From this village starts an impressive trip to the east side of the White Mountains crossing the mountainous area of Sfakia and ending up at Hora Sfakion by the Libyan sea. Half way from Vrises to Hora Sfakion is the fertile plateau of Askifou, surrounded by high mountain peaks. From Askifou plateau to Hora Sfakion is the most impressive part of the route. The road hugs the western slope of the wonderful gorge of Imbros and the view to the gorge and to the Libyan sea is breathtaking. The best thing to do in Sfakia is relax on its un spoilt beaches, but to get out and about bird watching is very enjoyable in this area with many native and rare birds. Take out your fishing rod and follow the locals to their favourite fishing spots at the harbour or of the rocks.
Agia Roumeli is a unique place. It has genuine Cretan heritage and a strong sense of character. It is a peaceful community, nestled between breathtakingly high and wild mountains and a long beach of fine pebble by the deep blue, crystal clear Libyan sea. The village is remote and near enough isolated; you can only reach it on foot or by boat, as there is no road. Visitors have discovered that Agia Roumeli is a superb place to spend their holidays, and many tend to return again and again. The surroundings allow guests to completely relax and switch off the outside world. Anyone who can relate to nature will find plenty to do here. Agia Roumeli is situated in one of the wildest regions of Crete with rare flora, fauna and geology. Being the exit of the Samaria Gorge National Park, it offers magnificent walking and hiking trails through unspoilt and protected nature. The strong sun in combination with the salty sea and almost deserted beaches give you a unique sense of nurturing solitude. This spectacular setting is also an absolute antidote to any walker’s fatigue!
We welcome you to visit our beautiful two-acre medicinal herb gardens, especially in spring and summer. When you enter the garden gate, especially from april to september , you will find yourself immersed in a peaceful and magical garden, filled with aromatic herbs and medicinal herbs . When you step into Maravel Garden, you will enter an oasis of herbs. Maravel garden tours offer the perfect way to spend a peaceful moments. A trip to the garden makes a wonderful gift for nature-loving friends and family and a one of a kind experience for you while you're visiting the Crete Island. Visit our herbal Garden that has more than 180 species of herbs and they are categorized accordingly such as: - Aromatic herbs - Medicinal herbs - Aromatic cum medical herbs Over 80 common and unusual medicinal herbs grow in Maravel garden. Intermingled with the herbs are a variety of flowering trees and annual and perennial flowers that feed the pollinators. A visitor's touch releases the rich scents of lavender, lemon basil and other aromatic herbs. Visitors may purchase herbal remedies in our shop after touring the gardens. It is our intetion not only to manufacture and sell high quality herbal products but to provide the best personal service to our customers as well as to provide a general knowledge of herbs so that they may become better educated consumers. WHAT TO BRING : Comfortable foot wear with non-slip soles that can get wet & muddy are advisable, as well as a hat & sun block, a camera, long pants.
Located in picturesque green rolling hills of the Rethymnon region, the village is well known for its pottery, and attracts large tour buses in the busy season. After the rushed tourists have left, it is then possible to stroll around this very charming village and enjoy the many pottery studios. Ceramics on display (image by Suzanne Creates) The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this village and you will be able to find an elder to show you how the pots are hand thrown. "Keramion” is a modern pottery workshop in MARGARITES which operates under the supervision of potter Giorgis Dalambelas, who with passion, love, and following the tradition, creates real works of art. It is no coincidence that the laboratory is in “Margarites” village. With techniques of Neolithic period origin combined with modern touches, Giorgis Dalambelas creates with handmade utilitarian pottery, connecting tradition with modern lifestyle. In "Keramion" you may also find original decoration suggestions that will give a special color in your space. Pottery is also the ideal idea for gifts. In " Keramion ", pottery seminars angioplasty are regularly organized for students from Greece and around the world as well as for ordinary visitors who want to get involved with and create their own pottery. Visit “Margarites” and "Keramion", an outstanding place with impressive pottery. Watch video at : vimeo.com/106800050
Nomos Rethymnon, a place blessed with beauty, embraced by breathtaking mountains and the deep blue of the Mediterranean, decorated with renaissance colors and inhabited by people known for their hospitality, honoring their ancestors and traditions. Rethymnon is the capital of the nomos and eparchy and the seat of the bishopric of Rethymno and Avlopotamos.Like many of the other towns in Crete ,It has had a long and eventful histori from Minoan times to the present.There was a Minoan settlement,whose name is not Known,east of the hill of Palaiokastro (Fortetza).Its existence is attested by rock-cut tombs and vases of the Postpalatial period found at different times in the Mastamba and Vomvopliktoi quarters and near the cathedral.
Ο Λ Α Β Υ Ρ Ι Ν Θ Ο Σ Τ Η Σ Μ Ε Σ Α Ρ Α Σ Η Λαβύρινθος είναι ένα σύστημα σπηλαίων που μοιάζει με λαβύρινθο, με χιλιόμετρα διαδρόμων και βρίσκεται σε ένα λόφο περιμετρικά στα όρια των χωριών Καστέλλι, Ρουφά, Μορόνι και Πλουτή του Δήμου Φαιστού. Στο βιβλίο « Ο Λαβύρινθος της Μεσαράς» των Παραγκαμιάν και Βασιλάκη αναφέρεται, ότι η Λαβύρινθος ήταν ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά πράγματα που έβλεπαν οι ταξιδιώτες που επισκέπτονταν την Κρήτη παλιά. Αρχές του 20ου αιώνα ανασκάφτηκε η Κνωσός και διεκδίκησε το δικαίωμα να είναι ο Λαβύρινθος του Μινώταυρου. Σιγά-σιγά η σημασία του σπηλαίου άρχισε να φθίνει. Στο Β΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο οι Γερμανοί αποθήκευσαν μέσα στο σπήλαιο μεγάλες ποσότητες πυρομαχικών. Στις 15 Οκτωβρίου 1944 φεύγοντας από την Κρήτη οι Γερμανοί ανατίναξαν το σπήλαιο με τα πυρομαχικά, το οποίο έπαθε μεγάλες ζημιές κυρίως στην είσοδο. Έκτοτε το σπήλαιο άρχισε να γίνεται επικίνδυνο από τα πυρομαχικά που έμειναν μέσα. Στις 11 Απριλίου 1961 συνέβη ένα τραγικό ατύχημα στο σπήλαιο από έκρηξη με τέσσερις νεκρούς από τα γύρω χωριά της περιοχής. Πλησίαζε το Πάσχα και διάφοροι μπαινόβγαιναν στη Λαβύρινθο για να πάρουν μπαρούτι, να φτιάξουν σκλαπαντζίκια. Ο Δημήτρης Δόξας από τις Μοίρες ζήτησε από το Στέλιο Τζαγκαρουλάκη ετών 16 από το Καστέλλι να του δείξει το δρόμο για τη Λαβύρινθο, γιατί είχε πάει εκεί ο γιός του με άλλα παιδιά. Το παιδί προθυμοποιήθηκε να τον πάει. Την ώρα που έφθαναν, δυο νέοι ο Μιχάλης Φραγκιαδάκης ετών 20 και ο Παντελής Χριστοφοράκης ετών 18 έβγαζαν μπαρούτι, το οποίο ήταν άφθονο μέσα στο σπήλαιο, πήρε φωτιά, σείστηκε η γη από μια μεγάλη έκρηξη, με αποτέλεσμα να βρουν τραγικό θάνατο και οι τέσσερις. Η έκρηξη αυτή προκάλεσε νέες καταστροφές στο σπήλαιο και οι αρχές αναγκάστηκαν να το σφραγίσουν. Διάφοροι κάτοικοι των γύρω χωριών έπαιρναν από το σπήλαιο μπαρούτι, κάλυκες από μπρούτζο και τους πουλούσαν. Το σπήλαιο κατά τους ειδικούς αρχικά ίσως ήταν φυσικό, αλλά διαμορφώθηκε και επεκτάθηκε από ανθρώπους πριν από 2000 χρόνια περίπου επί Ρωμαϊκής Εποχής. Τα περισσότερα στρώματα του βράχου είναι από μαλακό ασβεστόλιθο ο οποίος σμιλεύεται εύκολα. Πολύ κοντά στη λαβύρινθο βρίσκεται η μεγάλη αρχαία πόλη της Γόρτυνας, η οποία συμμάχησε με τους Ρωμαίους και την έκαναν πρωτεύουσα της Κρήτης και της Κυρηναϊκής. Την περίοδο της Ρωμαϊκής περιόδου η Γόρτυνα έφθασε στον Κολοφώνα της ανάπτυξης. Είχε λαμπρές οικοδομές, ναούς, δύο θέατρα, πραιτόριο, ωδείο κ.λπ. Ο Κώδικας της Γόρτυνας η «βασίλισσα των επιγραφών», είναι το πληρέστερο και αρχαιότερο ελληνικό νομοθέτημα. Μέσα στο σπήλαιο υπάρχει μια αίθουσα που ονομάζεται «Τραπέζα», στην οποία επί αιώνες οι επισκέπτες χάραζαν ή έγραφαν με κάρβουνο ή μολύβι στους τοίχους επιγραφές. Στην συντριπτική τους πλειοψηφία οι επισκέπτες έχουν γράψει τα ονόματά τους και τη χρονολογία επίσκεψης. Στην αίθουσα «Τραπέζα» καταγράφηκαν από τις ομάδες του Τμήματος Κρήτης της Ε.Σ.Ε. περίπου 1200 επιγραφές. Η πιο αρχαίες χρονολογούνται από το 1413, 1444 και επέκεινα. Εκτός όμως από την «Τραπέζα» χαράζουν ονόματα και σε άλλα σημεία του σπηλαίου, όπως έχει διαπιστώσει ο γράφων σε επίσκεψή του το 2002. Η ύπαρξη ενός λαβυρίνθου στην Κρήτη φαίνεται από την Ελληνική Μυθολογία. Οι μύθοι του Μινώταυρου, του Θησέα και της Αριάδνης, καθώς του Δαίδαλου και του Ίκαρου είναι συνδεδεμένοι με κάποιο λαβύρινθο στην Κρήτη. Υπάρχουν όμως και πολυάριθμες ιστορικές μαρτυρίες που οδηγούν σε ένα Κρητικό λαβύρινθο, τα νομίσματα στην Κνωσό τα τελευταία 500 προχριστιανικά χρόνια έχουν ως κύριο μοτίβο ένα λαβύρινθο. Το 15ο μέχρι και το 19ο αιώνα σε ξυλογραφίες και χαλκογραφίες απεικονίζουν ένα λαβύρινθο. Οι ταξιδιωτικοί οδηγοί και περιγραφές της ίδιας εποχής αναφέρουν επισκέψεις περιηγητών στη Λαβύρινθο της Κρήτης. Ο Δαίδαλος δημιούργησε τον λαβύρινθο ένα μεγάλο οικοδομικό συγκρότημα κατά εντολή του Μίνωα. Οι Αθηναίοι κάθε χρόνο έστελναν 7 νέους και 7 νέες ηλικίας 20 χρόνων ως φόρο υποτέλειας στο Μινώταυρο. Ο Θησέας γιός του Αιγαία των Αθηνών με τη βοήθεια της Αριάδνης κόρης του Μίνωα, η οποία του έδωσε ένα κουβάρι μαλλί για να μη χαθεί, κατάφερε να σκοτώσει το Μινώταυρο. Ο Μίνωας τιμώρησε το Δαίδαλο και τον Ίκαρο και τους έκλεισε στο λαβύρινθο, γιατί είχε βοηθήσει την Πασιφάη και αυτή με τη σειρά της είχε ενημερώσει την Αριάδνη πώς να βγει από το λαβύρινθο. Για να δραπετεύσει ο Δαίδαλος έφτιαξε φτερά από κερί με το γνωστό τραγικό τέλος για τον Ίκαρο. Οι αρχαιολόγοι ταυτίζουν το λαβύρινθο με το ανάκτορο της Κνωσού. Οι παλιοί χάρτες τοποθετούν το λαβύρινθο στα βόρεια της Κρήτης. Άλλοι πάλι χάρτες εμφανίζουν το λαβύρινθο στα νοτιότερα μέρη στην άκρη του οροπεδίου της Μεσαράς. Διάφοροι περιηγητές τα τελευταία 500 χρόνια έχουν επισκεφθεί τη λαβύρινθο και την περιγράφουν στην περιοχή πάνω από το χωριό Καστέλλι Καινουργίου. Ο Pitton το 1700 τον περιγράφει, ότι έχει γίνει εντελώς τυχαία. Ο Sieber το 1817 θεωρεί ότι, είναι υπόγειο λατομείο, Το ίδιο ο Belon και ο Pococke το 16ο και 18ο αιώνα. O Skott και ο Spratt θεωρούν, ότι είναι φυσική σπηλιά. Σε όλα τα κείμενα τους οι περιηγητές αναφέρουν την ύπαρξη εντός του σπηλαίου μεγάλου αριθμού νυχτερίδων. Οι κάτοικοι των γύρω χωριών πριν από τον πόλεμο πήγαιναν και μάζευαν τα κόπρανα τους, τα οποία χρησιμοποιούσαν για λίπασμα. Σήμερα υπάρχει μικρότερος πληθυσμός νυχτερίδων, γιατί θεωρητικά οι δύο είσοδοι του σπηλαίου είναι κλειστές. Στο σπήλαιο διαβιούν επίσης ο μικρός σκορπιός, αράχνες και διάφορα άλλα ζωύφια. Η σπηλαιολόγος ΄Αννα Πετρόχειλου το 1985 εξερεύνησε και χαρτογράφησε το σπήλαιο. «Διαπίστωσε με τη δική της θεωρία , ότι ήταν φυσικό σπήλαιο, που διαμορφώθηκε τεχνητά σε αίθουσες από κάποια εποχή της αρχαιότητας. «Είναι το μόνο σ΄όλο τον κόσμο σπήλαιο, που διαθέτει λαξευμένες αίθουσες-κατά διαστήματα-με διάφορα σχήματα και μεγέθη, με λαξευμένα έδρανα. Κλιμακωτά ή απλά, τραπέζια, βωμούς ανάκλιντρα κ.λπ. Διαθέτει-κατά διαστήματα λαξευμένους τοίχους και κολώνες υποστύλωσης. Όλα, εκτελεσμένα με μοναδική καλλιτεχνική απόδοση και ακρίβεια, στις οριζόντιες και κατακόρυφες επιφάνειες τους, αξιοθαύμαστη για τη σύγχρονη εποχή». (ΣΠΗΛΑΙΟ ΛΑΒΥΡΙΝΘΟΣ της Άννας Πετρόχειλου σελ.19). Το σπήλαιο κατά την Πετρόχειλου εκτείνεται από Νότο προς Βορά. Το μήκος των διαδρόμων του, που διαγράφουν ελικοειδή κύκλο με πολλές διακλαδώσεις ανέρχεται σε 2.470 μέτρα. Η ως σήμερα γνωστή έκταση του σπηλαίου καλύπτει 8.900 τμ. Η άποψη της Εφορείας της Σπηλαιολογίας είναι: Το σπήλαιο είναι τεχνικό, πιθανώς Ρωμαϊκής Εποχής, που τους τελευταίους 6 αιώνες θεωρήθηκε, ότι είναι ο μυθικός λαβύρινθος. Από τη βόρεια πλευρά του ίδιου λόφου υπάρχει το « Λαβυρινθάκι», το οποίο έχει την ίδια αρχιτεκτονική δομή και πρέπει να είναι της ίδιας εποχής με τον Λαβύρινθο. Ο δρόμος για το Λαβυρινθάκι είναι άσφαλτος και το σπήλαιο είναι ανοιχτό για κάθε επισκέπτη.-
The island of Gavdos, Greece (34° 48′ 02″ N) is the least ambiguous southernmost point of Europe. Galiniexpress and Gavdos cruises makes the visit of Gavdos island in a day more easy than ever .An exquisite and exciting excursion for the most decided and conscious travelers is the excursion to gavdos island,it combines an two-hours safari with coach. From Agia Galini we are crossing via 14 villages untill chora sfakion.The impressive changes of landscapes makes the route unforgetable. From chora sfakion our embarcation takes place to TALOS at 09:30, The Talos is a modern passenger boat that satisfies all maritime safety rules.Its length is 14 meters and has 2 main engines, which provide quick, comfortable and safe cruise.The distance from chora sfakion to gavdos is 18 nautical miles.The sea going is one hour and fifteen minutes about. Τhe cruise will include circumnavigation of the island if weather permits.Also there you can rent a moto or a car for a few hours to explore this small island mainland. Experienced captain Costas and driver Giorgos are ensuring that this adventurous tour will be safe and exciting.
Imbros Gorge is the second most "famous" Gorge of Chania after Samaria, Samaria is one that many people visit, but it’s a strenuous trek. Imbros, though, is a gorge for everyone. The descent is relatively easy and the natural environment is rich. The most impressive piece of Imbros Gorge is the narrows sharply limited in width barely reaches two meters, while the vertical cliffs rise to a height of 300 meters, at the point called "stone gates." After hiking about an hour, there is a rest area for hikers. In the gorge there are not water fountains for this you should have your water. The entrance to the Imbros Gorge requires a small fee paid usually it is open all year. Its length is about 8 km and the crossing does not require more than three hours of hiking. Imbros Gorge leads to the village Komitades.
“RIVER TREKKING in south Crete The unique in south crete river that is alive even the summer time is in this gorge and it is ideal for river trekking.With galini express is given the chance to explore the heart of the river and to swim below the natural beauty waterfalls of Agios Nikolaos in the gorge.
It is located at the archaeological site of Ancient Eleftherna, between Arkadi and Margarites. Museum of Ancient Eleftherna opened its doors to the public in the mid-2016 and it is the first museum at the archaeological site on Crete, like the Olympia on the Peloponnese, Delphi in mainland Greece and Vergina in Macedonia as archaeologists claim. The museum along with its surroundings occupies an area of 13 acres, while the museum itself will be housed in an area of 1,800 m2. The exhibition of the findings in the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is displaying approximately 15,000 items, unearthed by the archaeologists from the necropolis of Ancient Eleftherna and not only.
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. Today we can see in good condition only one watermill that has been renovated so the visitors can get an idea of how they worked. Apart from the many mills, there are many gardens with fruit trees and vegetables. The water never stops running from the springs located in the canyon at various points, with the larger springs being that of Saint Anthony and Five Virgins. Along its route, the water creates small waterfalls and lakes where you take a refreshing bath under the shade of huge planes. The last residents left Mili in 1972 and since then it is deserted, but now a house has become a cafe-restaurant for guests. The fear for landslides was the reason that led the villagers to leave and build high above the gorge, on the west, the village New Mili. Apart from the mills and old houses, there is a plethora of impressive churches. The first is the cavernous church of St. Anthony in a stunning landscape. There is also the cavernous church of St. John. Shortly after the village there is the cemetery church of the Holy Five Virgins. Shortly after Kato Mili we meet the cavernous chapels of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Nikolaos.
In one of the most inaccesible and isolated parts of the island,in the southeastern part of Psiloritis mountain range,there is the largest oak forest of Greece,the forest of Rouvas.The isolation and the absence of human presence helped the forest of Rouvas to retain the character of the mountains of Crete since antiquity. The duration of trekking is 4 to 5 hours.
Melabes village is located in the prefecture of Rethymno almost 50km far from the city of Rethymno, 10 km from Agia Galini village. On the northern slope of Mount Vouvalas at an altitude of 600 meters, the village Melabes is found, offering a unique view at the sea and land, since at the horizon the visitor can discern the Psiloritis Mountain and Mount Kedros. The name of the Melabes village comes from the ancient archaic Greek name and, according to a local tradition, indicates those who settled latter in the area, while according to some others, it means the first rays of the sun at sunrise illuminating the surrounding area and particularly this village. The centuries-long history of the village Melabes relates to pirate raids and the constant movement of residents of nearby settlements. In general, the village has often found itself in the center of the revolutions and protests against the Turks. In 1940, the residents of Melabes created a strong resistance group that showed a significant action. What mostly impresses every visitor, however, is the architecture of the Melabes village, two springs with cool, fresh water, its labyrinthine alleys and two-storey houses with grapevines on their terraces, while in the central square of the village, the guests can take their coffee peacefully. Near the Melabes village, the beach of Agios Georgios lies and in about 500 meters from the beach there is the church of Agios Georgios The churches that exist inside and outside the village and that extend from the late Byzantine times to the present day state the great history and the deep religious feeling of its inhabitants..
Vrontisi Monastery is a 14th-century Eastern Orthodox monastery situated between the villages of Zaros and Vorizia of the Heraklion regional unit in south-central Crete, Greece. The monastery is roughly 50 km southwest of Heraklion and is built at an altitude of 550 m on the south slopes of Mt. Ida, having a panoramic view of the Mesara Plainand the Asterousia Mountains. The origin of its name is not clear; according to the prevailing explanation it was named after its founder whose surname was Vrontisis.Venetian archives contain several documents referring to the Vrontisi monastery. The earliest written reference dates back to 1474. However, it is older than that but the exact year of its establishment is unknown. Vrontisi was established as a metochion of the nearby Varsamonerou Monastery. The former fell into decline after 1500 whereas Vrontisi began to flourish and reached its apogee as a regional monastic and spiritual centre during the 16th and 17th centuries. After the fall of Crete to the Turks, Arkadi Monastery was deserted and its monks fled to Vrontisi. According to tradition, Michael Damaskinos, the renowned painter of the Cretan School, is believed to have served as a monk at Vrontisi. Six of Damaskinos' best known icons were kept at the monastery until 1800 and are nowadays displayed at the St. Catherine of Sinai museum in Heraklion. Owing to its fortified position, Vrontisi was used as a revolutionary centre during the Cretan uprisings of the 19th century. During the great Cretan revolt of 1866, Michael Korakas used Vrontisi as his headquarters. In reprisal, the Ottomans slaughtered the monks and burned all crops, which resulted in the monastery being deserted and most of its rooms destroyed. During the German occupation of 1941–44, Vrontisi provided shelter to resistance fighters.
In a short distance from Matala is the Red Sand Beach or Red Beach, a name it has gotten from the red brown color of the sand around the beach and the wonderful clear waters, sand that is derived from the reddish rocks of the area. The combination of the crystal clear waters with the unique sand make up a magical landscape.It has become one of the favorite destinations in the region by the hippies of the 60' and 70'. It was and it still is a nudist beach, especially its northern part, however the nudists number is significantly reduced, since it has now become a favorite beach and to those who do not embrace nudism. It has been repeatedly voted as one of the best nudist beaches in the world by various media dealing with tourism. The long rocky limestone that protects its northern part represents a thumbnail of Matala, with several representations of Minoan and Egyptian forms, carved on stone by the Belgian lover of the region, Gerard, and which till today forms an integral part of it.
The beach of Plakias extends east from the village. It is one of the biggest beaches in Crete, offering a sense of space and comfort to suit every taste - the east end is mainly used by naturists. There are showers all along the beach and many parking spaces. If it's windy during your stay in Plakias and the northern wind whips you with flying sand, head west to Souda beach. It is more sheltered, with small hotels and a few tavernas. There are other lovely beaches near Plakias at Damnoni, Amoudi and Mikro Amoudi, which is also a naturists' beach. A little further away are Lefkogia and Schinaria, the preferred beach of scuba divers. The beach of Preveli is also excellent.
The beach of Agiofarago is located about 80km south of Heraklion city, at the exit of the Gorge Agiofarago. To get there you must either cross the gorge, by easy hiking of about 25-50’, he route within the vertical walls of the gorge is breathtaking. On the way you will see the large caves were some hermits from Odigitria monastery still live and the chapel of St. Anthony with a small well with brackish water. The beach at the exit of the gorge is stunning, with fine pebbles and clear blue water, which is usually calm. West of the beach a beautiful rocky arch is formed, beneath which you can swim. Vertical cliffs surround the beach
Moni Odigitrias is a Monastery in Mires in Heraklion in the Crete Region of Greece.Moni Odigitrias is also a Settlement and an Archaeological site. The Odigitria Monastery has important icons and vestments on display. The Tower of Xopateras (ex-father) to the left of the entrance is named after a hero of the Mesara area, Ioannis Markakis. Markakis, a former priest, defended himself and his family in the tower with a small number of people against thousands of Turks. Eventually the Turks killed them all and beheaded Markakis.
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Visit to the cave of Kamares, one of the most important cults cave in Crete. Exploration on the invisible side of Psilorretis, history, archaeological finds , myths and amazing natural beauty. A magical, unseen world full of fantastic surprises awaits you on this day excursion. The cave of Kamares, also called Kamaraiko, is located at the southern foot of Psiloritis at an altitude of 1700m and northeast of the homonym village of Kamares.The Minoan pottery findings made the cave a very important archaeological site. The pottery findings dating back in 2000 BC ,was used, possibly by the residents of Phaestus, for worshiping a Minoan goddess. The vases are of excellent art, with very thin walls (“eggshell”), colorful decor and stunning designs. The style of the decorative vases, which have been found in the palaces of Knossos and Phaestus, has been named “Kamaraika”, due to the cave. Today, they are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The findings from the cave are similar of the findings of Eileithyia cave, close to Heraklion, where the goddess Eileithyia, the goddess of childbirth and midwifery. Thus, archaeologists believe that the cave has been a sacred cave devoted to Eileithyia. Program description : - Departure 09:00 am - transition with several photo-stops to the location "SKARONERO" with also the use off-road vehicles. - Moderate difficulty guided hiking for an hour about until the cave - guided visit of cave - Return to the location “ KOUROUPITO” in the place that we will take our lunch with the number one dish in Crete ,lamb "Antikristo" (SEE PHOTOS). The name derives from the cooking method which literally means “across the fire” - Return about 18:00
Damnoni is located 35km south of Rethymnon and 5km east of Plakias. It is a popular tourist resort, very well developed and organized. The beach that stretches in front of the resort is a long bay with beautiful turquoise waters and coarse whitish sand. Here you will find all the services of a well organized beach such as umbrellas, snack bars, showers, changing rooms.
The stunning beauty of Samariá Gorge National Park is an important part of the island’s attraction.
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MACHA BEACH,another amazing beach. This beach has fine pebbles and crystal deep blue water.
KALI LIMENES its name name suggests, sea in Kali Limenes is almost always calm, except in winter. This was one of the reasons for the construction of the tanks here. If you visit the place on weekend, all its beaches are crowded by thousands of people, despite the tiring route in Asterousia.
On the north coast in western Crete, this is one of Greece's most beautiful towns. The cobbled streets are filled with shops selling clothes, ceramics, and local artworks, and the city is a favorite destination for holidaying Greeks in August. Chania is a wonderful place to lose yourself in its charms for an afternoon that could easily stretch into an evening dinner at a romantic restaurant overlooking the Venetian harbour. This site has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, when the Minoans founded the ancient city-state of Kydonia here almost 5,000 years ago. However, Chania gained its present layout in the 13th century under the Venetians (1204-1645), who fortified it and made it the island's capital. In 1971, the island's capital was moved to Heraklion.
CretΑquarium is an expert in presenting species and ecosystems of the Mediterranean, a sea of unique biodiversity that gave birth to ancient civilizations and welcomes millions of visitors every year from all over the world. Offering 60 tanks of different sizes, containing a total amount of 1,700,000 litres of sea water, it is home to 2000 sea animals, 200 different species found in the Mediterranean basin, and together with the appropriate scenery, it successfully represents the Cretan and Mediterranean sea beds.Each tank of CretAquarium bears labels with hosted species’ names printed in nine languages (Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Czech). Additionally, during your tour around the corridors of the aquarium, touch screens offer visitors more information enriching their knowledge on the Mediterranean Sea. General Entrance Fee10€ (1/4 - 31/10), Seniors - Adults over 65 years old 6€ , Children 5-17 years old 6€
Ligres beach is located about 40 km west from Agia Galini and is a nice and long beach with very beautiful pebbles and one small river ends to a waterfal just aside of this beach. Ideal for snorkeling and diving experiences.
Gialopotama is located about 45km south of Rethymno city, 4km south of the village Kerames and near exit of a small valley, where a small stream flows. The beautiful unknown beach of Gialopotama is formed west of a small hill, on which a few small houses and apartments for renting were built in the last decades. The beach is sandy with rocks in places. The rocky bottom makes it ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing. It is unorganized, appropriate for isolation. Especially, it's east part, where huge boulders are dispersed, can be visited for naturism.
Excursion unknown Crete: This tour brings you to Central Crete and will introduce to you the unseen side ,far from the coast to mountainous villages, you will forget that you still be holidays in an island. This tour starts 15:00 and first we will visit a monastery we will cross the amari region and we will have stops to the villages which are on our route ,then we will visit an old uninhabited monastery like most monasteries, is located in a beautiful setting with tall plane trees, lush vegetation, spring water and with spectacular views of Psiloritis Range. The water is said to be one is the coldest in crete. Our primary destination is the rakokazano (raki distilery) and thats why will visit last, an old traditional distilation plant (120 years) family operated, the owner will try to give answers to your questions with one raki stin igia mas.
Paximadia are two small uninhabited islands in the gulf of Mesara located approximately 12 km (7 mi) south of Agia Galini in Rethymno regional unit. They are in the Libyan Sea next to the southern coast of Crete. Due to their close proximity to one another, the two islands appear as one from a distance.
Gerakari is a historical mountainous village, in the Amari province of Rethimno prefecture in Crete. Built 680 meters above sea level, on the northern foot of Kedros mountain, it is situated in one of the most spectacular locations in central Crete. A landscape of exceptional beauty with high mountains, cool and fresh water springs, forests and fruit trees among which the well-known cherry trees of the region. The whole area is typical of its exceptionally healthy micro-climate that offers a unique sense of well-being and liveliness. The famous coasts of the Libyan sea lie in the south while various surrounding villages contribute to the whole image of this unique land!
Loutro is such an incredibly soporific place, where there's absolutely nothing ( ... almost ) to do but eat, drink and laze - and where you fast lose any desire to do anything else. There are hundreds of people who walk down the Samaria Gorge each day in the summer. After a drink at one of the tavernas in Agia Roumeli where the gorge opens to the sea and perhaps enjoying a swim, most board the ferry taking them to Chora Sfakia (Sfakia). There, waiting for buses transport the aching crowds back to Chania. On the way, the ferry calls in at Loutro, and many vow to visit it one day - few do so! Loutro is peaceful - it is small and feels like a village even if 95% of the people here in the summer are visitors. It takes less than five minutes to amble from one side of the bay from Sifis Hotel & Maestrali Bar (Vangelis'), past Daskalogiannis Hotel, the tavernas, mini-market, the Blue House, the pebble beach, Hotel Porto Loutro, Notos, "Fat Stav's", a couple more tavernas and then Keramos rooms and fish taverna. This is a magic place to relax, swim, read, write your own book in western Crete, Sfakia region. Don't forget the church, second mini-market, and a few other buildings - more rooms including perched-on-the-hillside Villa Niki - that's it! Loutro evokes some great emotion - produced perhaps by the unique combination of the steep, harsh, rock mountainsides - audibly decorated with the clinking of goat bells - the sun visibly changing the panorama in view as its ark lights different aspects of the slopes forming the bowl - the bay that houses Loutro, the often-warm sea, the history, and the people. This magic place. No road leads here - therefore no mopeds, cars, and trucks disturb contemplation, conversation, and consumption of food or drink. A port of shelter for St Paul we hear, and one of the best shelters from a stormy workplace or busy professional life.
. Elizabeth boat starts from Agia Galini Harbour at 10:30 Before noon we will be to Prasonisi beach and during your joyfully time to the beach we will prepare a barbeque with fresh fish which will served under a shady place accompanied with salad, wine and fresh fruits 15:30 hr we take our way back with the cruise to ends in Agia Galini 16:30
Chania is one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, featuring an exotic blend of different periods of history and their corresponding architectural styles. This trip offers you a straight transfer from your hotel to the city center where you can spend 4 hours of free time. You can explore the Venetian harbor, roam through the old Turkish quarters, have a drink or a meal at the seafront and be surprised by the aromatic and colorful herbs, spices and other local product that are being sold in the large market hall as well as in the numerous shops.
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NUDIST BEACH NEAR TO PLAKIAS
SOUDA BEACH , NEAR TO PLAKIAS
During the hiking we can admire the unique landscape of the slopes of Psiloritis mountain range with steep cliffs, limestone rocks with yellow-red colour and numerous of bird’s nest such as bearded vulture, falcons, wild pigeons etc.The path of our hiking does not go through the Gorge, because of technical difficulties , but from its slopes instead and although the trail is steep, it is very safe.