Gorges Tour 5

2hrs walk

Arkadi Gorge

Arkadi Gorge Route

After the two-hours walking from the village of Pikri and having enjoy the magic of gorge's natural beauty you will arrive to the historic Monastery of Arkadi which is the universal symbol of Freedom.
Located to an altitude of 500m and at 23km from the town of Rethymno, you can visit the Holy Monastery of Arkadi, which has been engraved in the memory of all Greeks as a symbol of self-sacrifice and freedom during 1866-1869 revolution.
Unesco has declared it a European monument of Freedom. You will admire the facade of the church with both Venetian and Gothic elements and the well kept garden.
This is a walking route of 2 hours duration, through the Arkadi gorge which begins either from the area of the Monastery and ends at the village of Pikris or from the village of Kyriana. In the gorge of great natural beauty, representative species of Cretan flora and fossils can be seen. At Venetian Pikris, a walk through the picturesque alleys with their domed passageways is worthwhile, as is a visit to the great mansion of the Venetian lord Clodio with the impressive doorway and an inscribed pediment bearing a date (1610).

City of Rethymno

Rethymno’s timeless attractions and diverse landscapes, city architecture, museums, archaeological sites, endless sandy beaches and escapes to nearby villages will reward you with a rich cultural yet relaxed experience all year round. Step off of the beaten path into the untouched Greece of the past. Cultural pride and natural beauty – Rethymno offers the best of both.

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  +30 28310 21459
  20 El. Venizelou Str, 74100, Rethymno

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