There’s more to Monastery Arkadi than bricks and mortar. This building played a lead role in the Cretan revolt against Ottoman rule in the mid-19th century, and it’s now known as a national sanctuary as a result. In 1866, almost 1,000 Greeks sought refuge in the monastery. After 3 days of battle, the people blew themselves up rather than surrender to the Ottomans. On a tour here your guide will teach you about the history of the place and show you around the refectory, store houses and cook house. Moving on, you’ll head to the harbour town of Rethymnon, where you’ll have a guided tour. The highlight will be the aristocratic-looking old town, where the arched doorways and stone staircases date back to the 16th century.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.