We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Sacred Monastery of Arkadi

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Rethymnon, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
Phone Number:
+30 2831 083135
Website
Book In Advance
More Info
US$153.41*
and up
Cretan Monasteries, Villages and Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Meal
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,385 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 284
    Excellent
  • 148
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Well worth a visit

We are very interested in the history of Crete and this trip didn't disappoint. It was very moving reading about the events that happened here, such hardship and suffering. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
cretansrusx2
,
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

1,385 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 468: English reviews
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are very interested in the history of Crete and this trip didn't disappoint. It was very moving reading about the events that happened here, such hardship and suffering. The atmosphere and aura were very calming. There are still monks living here. Be aware that is preferable to take something to wear over skimpy clothes as a mark of respect.

Helpful?
Thank cretansrusx2
Ljubljana
Level Contributor
231 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

If the day is hot or cold, you could always relax there...The place is scenic and there is always something to see. Very nice place and good trip.

Helpful?
Thank DanielLjubljana
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We travelled here on the road train from Platanias through stunning scenery, beautiful friendly villages and dramatic gorges, with a witty and educational commentary from our guide. The monastery is beautiful, devout and holy, and very moving. You can feel the sadness in the stones and the museum tells the story of how strong and defiant the human spirit can... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kevin E
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I hiked to the monastery along a narrow winding road on a cold day. The walk is scenic, and the monastery is impressive. The central church dates back to the 16th century and is quite charming. The monastery museum was recently redone and is quite good. The story of the monastery is sad, but helps you better... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Merin G
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The Monastery is a particularly special location in Greek history. It has carefully preserved the location where many Cretan women and children sacrificed themselves rather than surrender to the Ottoman army. The gunpowder stained ruins of the room where they died are untouched. In addition to a Venetian-style church, the monastery also contains a museum with information about the history... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Cristina P
Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Content that i have been there, learning from the history, and prioud for the defiance of my ancestors. Really sacred and eternally free

Helpful?
2 Thank _H2706XM
Thessaloniki, Greece
Level Contributor
30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A very historic place with an interesting legacy and background. Should definitely check for a guide there to learn the history of this place.

Helpful?
Thank Socratis T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
121 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

A great drive up and fascinating history that gives some understanding of Cretan culture. It is easy to spend an hour here and look out over the mountains.

Helpful?
Thank TZoono
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Before visiting this gorgeous monastery, please read about its history, about the horror that took place there... then you will be able to enjoy its peaceful beauty even more. Only three monks live there nowadays with a few cats who look very healthy and well fed!

Helpful?
Thank MichelleRaa
Rethymnon, Greece
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

every body have to visit this place its aplace of legend ..of history 150 years ago almost 1000 cretran heroes give their lifes for the freedom

Helpful?
Thank porto818

Travellers who viewed Sacred Monastery of Arkadi also viewed

Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture
Elafonissi, Chania Prefecture
 
Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture
Elounda, Lasithi Prefecture
 

Been to Sacred Monastery of Arkadi? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question
Madrid, Spain
9 months ago
Swansea, United Kingdom
over a year ago
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Sacred Monastery of Arkadi staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?