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Arkadi, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nestled in a mountain area, requiring small roads to reach it, is a monastery of beauty, peace and historic drama. The drive from the coastal road is poorly marked, but you will find this monastery if you don’t lose hope. Once you get there you’ll...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank N3761MDalexk
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

A must see... for many reasons 1. The surroundings with green trees when you ride through Loutra and Kyrianna or more desertlike when you drive up hill through Ancient Eleftherna 2. The monumental monastery of Arkadi with its history in the many revolutions before Crete...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank irma4irma
Reviewed 6 February 2019

We greatly enjoyed our visit to this monastery which has so much history and sadness. We admired the tremendous courage of those who refused to succumb to Turkish invaders and the bravery of monks in supporting the resistance against German occupation. It was a memorable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank HilaryW971
Reviewed 21 January 2019

We came here as the first stop on our week long bus tour of Crete. Really interesting place with lots of history. Since we were on a tour, we had limited time and didn't get to see everything that we would have liked to see....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MegaDancer
Reviewed 18 January 2019

This small but well-proportioned monestary deserves one hour's stay to fully take in the beautiful immediate surroundings, rooms, cells, flowers and trees and to sense the weight of history everywhere.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Coldings
Reviewed 18 December 2018

This 16th century Monastery is about 25km southeast of Rethymno and makes an interesting detour when driving west along the coast from Heraklion towards Chania. It is fairly easy to follow the small winding road off the main highway through a couple of small villages...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank swans11
Reviewed 14 November 2018

It is very old , well restored and maintained , keeping all the atmosphere and aroma of the old times when it was an active community . It is a legacy of the cretan fight against Ottomans .There are many thing and a very rich...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ioannisa260
Reviewed 7 November 2018

great place too vist when your tired off lying around the pool get the little red train its a great way too see crete

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Declan F
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Visiting the Monastery of Arkadi you can tell the immense pride of a people who resisted occupation at all costs. You get the sense of the site's importance to the Cretan people. Take the time to learn a small bit of Crete's history and you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LMS579
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Remote and peacful location, and quite a lot to see apart from the church; a lot of history here, some of it tragic. A small entrance fee but there is a free leaflet with ground plan in a range of languages - useful to make...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Lauren F
2 March 2019|
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Response from HilaryW971 | Reviewed this property |
The more you know about it before the visit the better but there is a helpful leaflet available. We had a guide and then time to explore this fascinating place on our own. A moving visit.
13 August 2018|
Response from Dan L | Reviewed this property |
9.00am to 7.00pm Monday - Sunday inclusive
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