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Rethymno journeys: Plakias

Cradled by mountains to its north and the Libyan Sea to the south Plakias has grown from a tiny fishing village to one of the most alluring visitor destinations in Rethymno province. Chilled and friendly Plakias is the largest coastal development between Agia Galini and Chora Sfakion and has an enticing selection of cafes, bars...Read More

Arkadi: explore a sacred monastery

Just a 25-minute drive from The Syntopia Hotel, Arkadi Monastery is one of the most important historical sites in Crete. Steeped in history (the monastery dates back to the 13th century) this is a place where the echoes of the past still sound. For Cretans today the monastery is a place of pilgrimage, and has...Read More

Hike Samaria: the iconic Cretan challenge

The Samaria Gorge, Crete’s most famous hiking route is a ‘must-do’ for tens of thousands of visitors each year. The most popular months – July and August – will see a thousand people a day file down the 12.8 km gorge. The whole walk is 16km, including the last leg, to the village of Agia...Read More

Climb Psiloritis: the ultimate hike

Crete’s largest mountain dominates Rethymno province’s eastern edge. No mountain in Crete comes more majestic than Psiloritis, with its legends dating back thousands of years. Also known as Mount Ida, for many, ascending to its 2456-metre summit is the ultimate Cretan adventure. Its lower slopes and foothills also provide stunning and more accessible hiking opportunities....Read More