Excursions in the near and distant surroundings
Herewith we would like to list some tips for interesting sights in our environment.
Moni Gonias Monastery
The Moni Gonias Monastery, Kolimbari The Moni Gonias Monastery is located 20 km westwards of Chania in West Crete in the Village of Kolimbari. It was built between 1618 and 1634 at the foot of the Ropopous Peninsular. Today, the monastery houses some important 15th and 17th century Cretan icons. The Orthodox Academy of Crete, an important religious foundation, is close by the Monastery. Kolimbari is one of the last fishing villages of Crete. In the tavernas you can eat fresh fish and seafood.
The oldest olive tree
The hillside village "Vouves" is located 7 km southward of our Village Kolimbari. In the village square enthroned the "oldest olive tree" of the world. Directly behind it is a small heritage museum. The path is the goal, it gives you great views of the Gulf of Kolimbari, you´ll see a typical crete landscape with wineyards and olive groves.
Riding in Western Crete on the Askifou Plateau:
Again, the path is the goal, the journey to Askifou Plateau is a real treat. On this trip you will learn more about the diversity of western Crete. The country Hotel "Lefkoritis" on the Askifou plateau offers a riding stable where you can book riding excursions. After riding you can relax in the hotel and you can enjoy the traditional cuisine of the hotel. 9 Km Southwards is the Coast Village Frangokastello with his dunes. Here you will see one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete.
The Church of St. Michael
The Church of St. Michael is located 5 km southwards of Kolimbari in the village "Episkopi". It dates from the 9th century and has an unique dome. The church is built on the site of an early Christian basilica. It was expanded in the Venetian period as a monastery. After many years of restoration the church can be visited again.
The water park "Limnoupolis" offers the visitors a paradise all about the matter "water”. It´s located 8 km southward of Chania Town. Limnoupolis is located on a beautiful, emerald area 8 km from the city of Chania near the community of Varipetro. It occupies a total area of 100 yards The main stage of the park will impress the visitor not only with its remarkable architecture but mainly with the fabulous "water amusement games", the pools and the exotic artificial river.
Village of Spilia & Marathokefala
The Village Spilia is located 3 km behind our village Kolimbari in heading south. In the summer time the village offers, on the 'PLATIA' (village square), "Greek nights" with live music and dances. Among the large plane trees you can enjoy the local wine and traditional pastries. The Church of Spilia is also worth seeing, unfortunately, the church is almost closed, you ´ll try it! Further up on the hillside of the village Spilia is the Cave "Marathokefala", here you´ll see a small limestone cave, the cave church of Agios Ioanis and a fantastic panoramic views over the bay of Kolimbari.
Boat Trip with the MS Irini
Boat Trip with the “Agia Irini” emarkation from Chania Harbour. We can recommend the M / S Irini. It is located in Chania Harbour and makes several daily trips. The “Agia Irini” offers also snorkeling tours and sun set tours. Enjoy the embiance of an old former U.S. Marine Boot from 1928. We can also recommend the boot trip to the lagoon of Balos. With the boot “Gramvousa Express” you can make a day trip to the lagoon of balos. With your rented car you have to go to the harbour of “Kaliviani-Kastelli” where the “Gramvousa Express” starts. You can buy your tickets directly at the harbour or in your hotel. The boot goes around the Gramvousa Peninsula, makes a stop in an old pirate-beach ( where you can visit an old castle) and goes then to the lagoon of balos.
Agia Trida Monastery
The monastery of Agia Triada and Gouvernetou on the Akrotiri peninsula.
The monastery Agia Triada is the largest monastery of Crete, which is managed large. Organic olive oil and organic wine from the highest quality is produced here! The monastery was founded in the 16th century by the brothers venizianischen Tzangarola. They converted to the Orthodox faith. Therefore the monastery is also called “Moni Tzangarolou”. After a few steps, you will see the monastery courtyard. The entrance is through a large gate. There is also a monastery shop where you can buy all products produced in the monastery.
The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influenced by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle. Today Rethymnon is a mixture of Cretan, Turkish and Venetian elements and competes with Chania, the former seat of government. Rethymnon has a very long beach (12km) primarily of sand. There is a lot of ship traffic in the harbour and during the season there are mini cruises to Santorin which take four hours one way.
The old Venetian harbour is the heart of the old town. There is one tavern after the other and colourful fishing boats to see. The way to the crooked alleyways of the old town starts here. Large wooden balconies decorate houses which stem from Turkish times and marble blocks with arabic inscriptions adorn other buildings. There are small individual hotels in Rethymnon, former patrician houses which have been lovingly restored and fitted out to the last detail.
Parking is difficult and a matter of luck. It is best to try along the town beach or the west access road to the fortress. Meaningful souvenirs are to be found in small spice shops; pottery shops and a good quality olive oil in any supermarket. Leather goods and jewellery are also in abundance. A day trip should include the fortress with a wonderful view of the town and and a walk through the old town.