Things to do around Rethymno City

Eleftherna Archaeological Site

The ancient city Eleftherna is located on the north-western foot of Mount Ida, approximately thirty kilometres south of Rethymnon, 380 metres above sea level. The city’s excavated remains belong to various periods. The city was allegedly named after Elefthereas, one of the Kourites, or after Demeter Elefthous. A thriving Hellenistic settlement has been identified on …

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Arkadi Monastery

The monastery of Arkadi is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated on a fertile plateau 23 km to the southeast of Rethymnon. The monastery played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt in 1866. 943 Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days of …

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