Monastery of Arkadi Eleftherna, Margarites
We start this excursion at the most impressive and historic monastery of Arkadi which is historical
symbol, linked to the national pride of the Cretan people as it played a significant role in the
Cretan revolt against Ottoman rule in 1866.
We then head to Eleftherna, a village of natural beauty. Here we find the ruins of the ancient city
of Eleftherna, one of the most important archaeological sites in Crete. We visit the museum and
its exhibits that come mostly from the “Nekropolis”. Let us discover ancient customs and habits
related to death and the underworlds, as well as the reality of the descriptions of the poems of
Our next destination is the village of Margarites, famous for its pottery art and production. Strolling
through the narrow streets of Margarites, we will see doorframes of stonemade houses with
beautiful decoration from the times of Venetian rule. The village gives a real sense of how Cretan
villages used to be in past centuries. There is an optional visit to the pottery workshop.
Enjoy a delicious local traditional meal at the central square of the village with the beautiful view
to the olive groves.
Transport with a/c deluxe taxi/mini van/mini bus
English speaking driver
Bottle of Mineral water & Snack
Duration : +/- 5 hrs
Please contact concierge for further information