Adele – Maroulas – Agia Paraskevi – Platanias
This is both a cultural route and one for nature lovers (20 klm), which can be accomplished on foot in 4 hours.
It begins from Adele, a quiet village with its central settlement dating back to the Venetian era. The "fortress-like" architecture, according to some scholars, is testified by two "passages" in the square of the church of Agios Panteleimonas, that may have formed its medieval gates.
After Adele the route runs towards Agios Dimitrios with the beautiful Byzantine church of the same name (14th century) that demonstrates some interesting remains of murals. then the route ascends towards Agia Triada or Santa Trinita for the Venetians. In the center of the village is located the Venetian church of Santa Trinita which is also dedicated to Saint Nicolas. There after, it continues towards Agia Paraskevi village.
Here its worthwhile a little diverse from the road to the north side of the village where the church of Agia Paraskevi is located. The chapel is in the middle of a ravine drowned in forests of plane trees and other trees, and next to it there is a water spring. The position of the church at this point is not at all accidental since in Crete almost all the old churches that were dedicated to Agia Paraskevi are near rivers or water springs. According to the tradition Agia Paraskevi could treat the eye diseases, by cleaning them and curing them with some water.
The route continues then uphill to Maroulas with its Venetian houses and towers. The village is a real time machine that can travel you back in the Midieval, Venetian and Ottoman ages. The locals are the best guides for the place since they can narrate also many stories that nobody knows which are true or a myth. From there the road descends towards Platanias, famous for its beach which hosts every year nests of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta, affording a wonderful view of Rethymno.