Agia Eirini Monastery, Roussospiti, Chromonastiri, Myloi Gorge
The tour starts with a visit at the Holly Monastery of Agia Irini, which is one of the oldest in Crete
and it is dated from the 2nd Byzantine period. The monastery was destroyed by the Ottomans in 1896
and was deserted for almost a century. The nuns, who now live in the Monastery, are involved in
iconography, in making priests’ vestments, weaving, and preparation of traditional Cretan products.
Afterwards we drive to Roussospiti Village with a splendid view to Cretan Sea, wellknown as
“the balcony of Rethymno”. Our next stop is Chromonastiri, a picturesque village with a great
legacy of the Venetian fortress-like architecture. We will visit the Military Museum which contains
exhibits of different eras, such as military uniforms, weapons, medals.
Close to the village the Byzantine church of Panagia Kera is located. This has been originally a
monastery with multicolored (Chroma=color) frescos dating to the 11th and 14th century. Even
the name of the village comes from that old monastery. It is really worth to visit it.
Next destination is Myloi Gorge. Hosting a great number of trees and plants, the ‘gorge of mills’
is easily accessible and easy to walk along its trail, offering a wonderful, environmentally rich and
naturally scenic hike of 4.5 kms, including small waterfalls and lakes across the river, small empty
houses and a tiny deserted village. Many small churches can be admired as well.
Our driver will wait for you at the end of the Gorge to bring you back to the hotel.
Transport with a/c deluxe taxi/mini van/mini bus
English speaking driver
Bottle of Mineral water & Snack
Duration: +/- 4 hrs
Please contact concierge for further information