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nen876

The War Museum in Rethymno
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Category: Rethymno Museums > Military Museum


In July 2011 I visited, together with my friend from Rethymno, the War Museum. The Museum is located 5 kilometres southeast from the Rethymno city centre. We went there by car from Rethymno. It was very intresting to see the fine museum. It was a rather large museum with arms in the buildins but also collections outside.
The exhibition was big with weapons and different war things. The main part of the arms was from the Second World War. Inside of the museum buildings were uniforms, rifles and pistols. Outside there was many cannons, military trucks, tanks, one aircraft and one helikopter.
In the museum was also a printed story of the Battle of Crete 1941. The German invasion of Crete was a vey great military operation. The commander of the German forces was the famous general Kurt Student. He was one of the best generals in the German army. The commander of the allied forces was general Bernard Freyberg. In his army was military units from Greece, England, Australia and New Zealand. The Germans left Crete in year 1944 after many years of hard battles with the Cretan guerilla.
Before they went away from Crete 1944 there happen a kidnap operation. Some allied officers together with Cretan guerilla soldiers kidnaped the German commander Heindrich Kriepe. The operation was 25 kilometers outside Heraklion. The leaders of the operation was the two English officers major Patrik Leight Fermor and captain Bill Stanley Moss. General Kreipe was transported by foot over the Ida Mounting down to the south coast and over the sea to Alexandria in Egypt. Lather they transported him to a war prison camp in Canada. If you travel to Rethymno go to this museum it is a very intresting place.



nen876

Nice architecture fine monument
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Category: Rethymno Churches > Monastery of Arkadi


I visited with my wife the Arkadi Monastery in September 2011. We went there from Rethymno with the Yellow Train. During the trip we also saw much of the nice Cretan nature. The Sacred Monastery of Arkadi is an Eastern Orthodox Monastery Museum situated on a plateau 23 kilometres southeast of Rethymno. Behind this place is a very fascinating history. The fortness-like monastery played an active role 1866 in the revolt against the Ottomans. In the revolt battle, 943 Greeks died when the Greek pepople in the monastery finally decided to put fire on the powder magazine. The Venetian church dates back to 16th century and is marked by the influence of the Renaissance. The other buildings on the ground are rebuilt in a very fine way. There is also a museum with a tourist shop. In the countryard are fine amazing flowers. We had a very fine and intresting day there in the monastery. Go to this magnificent place, you will love it, we are sure!



nen876

Picturesque village
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Category: Rethymno Spili


In April 2012 I visited Spili together with my wife. We went up there with car from Rethymno. Spili is a picturesque village located at an altitude of 430 metres, 28 kilometres south east of Rethymno. It is a small village with only 800 inhabitants. Spili is situated on the foot of the mountain Vorizi. The village offers an astonishing view. There are nice tavernas and small restaurants from which you have a nice view out to the village. It is surrounded by green trees, fountings, springs, chapels and churches. The main square of the village is lovely and has a fine stone fountain with name Kefalovrisi. Here is a row of stone carved 25 lion heads from where crystal clear water flows. The water flow every hour is 330 cubic metres. The fountain is rebuilt in years 2007-2008 and it is now very fine.

In the village was many nice small shops selling products made in Spili. The village is famous for producing unique weaving. One of the main attractions of the village are numerous traditional water mills still surviving near the river. Next to the village starts the most beautiful canyon of Rethymno the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. In year 1833 there was a hard battle against the Turkish army. In 1942 the village was destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War. Our visit to Spili was very good and intresting. If you travel to Crete make a visit to Spili we are sure that you will like this place.



nen876

Fine city much history
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Category: Rethymno Town


I have visited Crete 12 times and have always been living in the nice city of Rethymno. My last visit, together with my wife, was in April 2012. The city is full of beautiful buildings and there is a unique and attractive atmosphere. The local people are very friendly and they meet you always in a nice way. The 20 km long sand beach is fantastic. You can go there for hours and swim if you want.
The Old Town of Rethymno is very nice. There are hundreds of small shops and restaurants. At some points the streets are very narrow leading up from the fine old Venetian Harbour. The streets and the buildings have a architectural mix of Venetian and Turkish style. From the big Venetian Fortezza you can have a nice overlook of the city and the panoramic view of the sea.
We were visiting many nice villages close to Rethymno. A fine place was the village of Spili 30 km south from Rethymno. We were also visiting the Arkadi Monastery. Arkadi is nowadays a museum. There is much of history behind Arkadi. We went also to the nice Agia Irini Monastery 5 km to south east from Rethymno. This monastery with 8 nuns was a very nice place with a fine garden.
On a distance of some kilometers from Rethymno is a War Museum. We went there and saw the collections of weapons, uniforms, tanks and aircrafts. Go there if you visit Rethymno, it is a very intresting museum.
In the evenings you can walk at the nice Beach Road and went in to a restaurant for a cup of coffe and listening on good music. We will go back to Rethymno, it is a very nice place. If you travel to Crete go to Rethymno I am sure that you will like this place.



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Unique historic town
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Category: Rethymno Town


As much as I love Crete from the people to their whole way of life, I have to say that Rethymnon Town is definitely the winner. I was there two years ago visiting a friend, I stayed for a week only to realize that this is the perfect place to stay. The town is loud, actually vibrant is the right word to say with quiet alleys and picturesque corners. At the center, you will see plenty of Venetian buildings and traditional stone houses in the wider area, beautiful taverns hidden in the corner streets and local shops with unique atmosphere.

Strolling down the streets of the old town in the evening was very relaxing, we heard local people playing the lyra and others singing, one of the most unique aspects of the Cretans. The town has vivid nightlife, bars and clubs are found at the center. For food, I recommend the Lemon Tree Garden, a terrific tavern with beautiful surrounding and authentic Cretan recipes. Don't miss to visit the scenic beaches of Panormos and Agios Pavlos.



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Place with strong tradition
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Category: Rethymno Anogia


My origin is from Anogia, a great village in Rethymno. I can easily write a thousand things about this place but I'll have to keep it short. Anogia is a traditional, charming village with a powerful and rich history. The route will amaze you as you cross the villages and the winding roads. The air coming from the mountains is so fresh and clean, the ideal environment for all ages. While you enter the village, you see the square with many kafeneia. The square of Agios Georgios is a social place full of life, the right spot to drink a coffee next to the great small church.

The people there are very friendly and warm creating the best atmosphere for the visitor. The village has several shops where you can buy many of their local products. One of them is their local raki. Most of the people, especially the old generations, wear their local clothes (Cretan buggy trousers and boots and heads decorated with black and white nets). On the main road there is a Folk Art Museum that is worth to visit. The best thing to do once you come to the village is to wander around the streets, see the style of the old houses and feel the strong culture. In Anogia you will taste the best dishes of Cretan food. Crete is also famous for its pure products such as olive oil, wine and raki.

I visit Crete every summer for the last 10 years and at least a day excursion to Anogia is necessary every time. It is amazing how in every street of Anogia you listen to the songs of Xilouris, a famous traditional Cretan musician.



gual52

Swimming and hiking
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Category: Rethymno Agia Galini


The area of Rethymno is more quiet and traditional than Chania or Heraklion. We spent four days in Agia Galini last year, on our tour around Crete. This is a small fishing village actually but it has developed in tourism: a lot of rooms to rent, hotels, organized beaches, gift shops, but still not as crowded as Hersonissos.

The only difficult thing about Agia Galini is how you go there. It is located on the south of Rethymno and you had to follow some mountainous roads to go. Maps were not that helpful, we go lost a couple of times. Maps should actually suggest roads, not just show the roads, because some roads are actually awful and track, going up and down in the mountaiis, There may have been better roads from Hersonissos to Agia Galini but we didn't know them. Also something important: put signs in the crossroads!

Agia Galini had some beautiful beaches around it and some fine fish taverns in the small port. There were no monuments around, except for some monasteries but even some of them were abandoned. Things to do in Agia Galini: swimming, hiking and relaaaax...



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Create nudist beaches
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Category: Rethymno Plakias


Plakias is a nice place to relax. If you really want to relax on Crete, go to the southern side. Villages are nicer there and more peaceful. On the northern side (Malia, Hersonissos, Elounda), resorts are busier due to the clubs.

Plakias, though, is small and cozy with picturesque beaches around it and delicious fish taverns by the beach. Grilled fish is expensive but worth it. I prefer it from fast food and pita gyros. Also note that apart from grilled fish and a couple other dishes, there are no vegetarian menus in Crete, and in Greece generally.

The beach of Plakias is clean and surrounded by huge rocks, so it doesn't get windy too frequently. The only thing to bothered me were the nudists: I was traveling with young kids and I didn't want my kids to see any nudist activity. I think there should be a special beach for these people, not close to families. Also I missed a tourism office. You can organize so many nice tours to landscapes and sights in Crete and you are mostly interested to promote clubbing.



34gyt

Pay attention or you get lost
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Category: Rethymno Agia Galini


If we hadn't rented a car, it would be very difficult to go to Agia Galini. We rented a car from the airport of Chania and it took us many, many hours to go to Agia Galini, about 4-5 hours (we even got lost on our way and took us even longer!). The good thing is that we passed through nice villages and saw some true Cretan landscape.

Agia Galini was a nice place with clean beaches around it. It was calm and quiet, just like we wanted our vacations to be. Along the port, there were traditional fish taverns with good prices. As we had the car, we could go for excursions in the area. nice places to go are Plakias on the west and Platanos on the east. A nice village is also Anogia, about an hour from Agia Galini (we found it by chance, because we had again go lost, maybe you should put some signs, guys!). People in Anogia are very nice and I bought a nice table cloth from them. I have it now on my dining table to remember those nice days in Crete.



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Many parking problems
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Category: Rethymno Town


I love Rethymnon town. It is easy to find your way around, lots of shops and historical interests. The down side was having to pay an extortionate amount to park my car in the City. The food in the hotel was not good, I had paid extra per day for either lunch or dinner and it was not nearly worth the money, I would have been better off going elsewhere. Generally I know the City has a lot to offer where local cuisine is concerned and can be found at very reasonable prices. The Irish pub is a must visit place. It is run by a Greek but is a fantastic little place to see although I can not give directions as I just came across it. Sort out the parking arrangements for the city, they sell hourly tickets only in the kiosks and cost 70 cents per hour. Because I was staying at a city hotel I had to get loads of these and display them in my car. A ridiculous system and expensive.



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