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Private Full-Day West Crete from Heraklion

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Rethimnou, Athens

Start with a coffee under the, centuries-old, plane trees at the picturesque village of Spili. Then, driving through the Kourtaliotiko gorge you can enjoy the incredible view, get a close look of the waterfall and even dip your feet in the cool water. Next is the Preveli Monastery which dates back to the 10th century. The monastery is associated with the struggles for Crete’s independence and, more recently, the WWII when the allies used it as a gateway to the Middle East. If you are in a mood for a swim, the next stop is definitely the village of Plakias. Next are the cities of Rethimno and Hania which both have an intriguing mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture and buildings with well-preserved elements of that.

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Gramvousa Island Day Tour from Rethimno & Chania

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Rethimnou, Athens

Join this 12-hour day tour of Gramvousa, an island that serves as a regional bird habitat. While there, take time to explore the local castle, then head over to Balos Lagoon. Swim and relax at the lagoon with your group before heading back to Rethimno. The island of Gramvousa is associated with the struggle to liberate Crete from the Ottoman occupation. Three thousand revolutionaries used the island as their shelter for 3 years. To solve the problem of food scarcity, they took to piracy. Gramvousa nowadays is an important bird habitat in the Eastern Mediterranean region and is located along one of the bird migration ways in this part of the world. It is the habitat of over 100 bird species and 400 kinds of plants. Built 137m above sea level on this rocky island, it is one of the most impressive castles in Crete.

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Rethymno:Gorge of Kroutaliotis, Preveli Monastery, Damnoni Beach, Spili Village

Rethimnou, Athens

Gorge of Kourtaliotis is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Rethimno. The huge cliffs of the canyon reach a height of 600 meters and are full of openings and caves. Monastery of Preveli is situated at a beautiful natural setting on the western slopes of the Great River and the palm area. It is built on 170 m of altitude and has breathtaking sea. views. There is a considerable number of images (16th-20th century). Monastery of Preveli is one of the most famous in Crete. Damnoni beach where you can enjoy swimming in a really blue landscape. Damnoni is a popular touristic resort, very well developed and organised. The beach that stretches in front of the resort is a long bay with beautiful turquoise waters and coarse white sand.Spili is a synonym for water since its most characteristic attractions are the 25 fountains. Water, emerging from thirty-nine springs scattered around the area, flows from hydrants shaped like lions’ heads.

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