Cultural & Historical Sights

On the island of Crete nestles one of the oldest civilisations of Europe, the Bronze Age Aegean Minoan civilisation along with Venetian fortresses and ancient castles, Eastern Orthodox Monasteries and churches, modern time buildings and unique sites.

The Minoan Palace of Knossos

The oldest civilisation and the oldest throne in Europe, the legends of King Minos and the Minotaur and even artwork that continues to inspire today. The reasons to visit an archaeological site synonymous with Crete are so plentiful that it is a place that barely needs introducing. From the central courtyard, the Palace of Knossos stands ready to reveal its secrets: a royal residence, a window into everyday Minoan life and iconic artwork.

Arkadi Monastery

The monastery of Arkadi is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated on a fertile plateau 23 km to the southeast of Rethymnon and played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt in 1866. Today the monastery also houses a museum that has artefacts from the famous battle, church articles and an absorbing picture gallery of the Cretans of that time.