Relax ... yes relax. Sit down and enjoy the views from the houses and gardens across fertile valleys to the distant sea and the horizon. Vederi Esate is delightful home base for relaxation.
Visit Prines Village and its some narrow cobblestone streets, arches, old houses and the lovely traditional kafeneio by the square.
During the summer, many traditional festivals take place in the nearby regions. Therefore, maybe you are going to have the opportunity to experience traditional Cretan music and dancing.
And if you can prize yourself away from this lovely little village and your "country seat" within it, there is much opportunity for splendid drives and exploration in the centre of Crete, with its impressive mountains and friendly villages. Stretching your journey for 25 minutes in one direction you can be on sandy beaches or the old town of Rethymno. In the other direction (to the south), in 20-30 minutes, you are on yet another coast and dipping toes in the Libyan sea.
Explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbour wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Don't miss to visit Rethimnon's Archaelogical Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewellery, pots and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Two of the major monasteries of Crete and amongst its most sought and visited, Arkadi and Preveli monastery are medium distance outings. Within easy striking distance of the village, in the hills of the southeast, is the Monatery of Arkadhi a potent symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence and an atmospheric detour on a journey into the beautiful Cretan mountainous hinterland ot Rethymno'sperfecture.
Visit the 17th century Monastery of Preveli which perched high above the sea on the south Crete. In its cloistered closed courtyard there is a fountain with the Greek inscription "Wash your sins, not only your face". There are also breathtaking views out to sea towards the distant and chunky-looking Paximadhia islands which have lent their name to the tooth-cracking lumps of twice-baked bread served up with mezedes in the island's kafenia.
Very close there is the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuardy feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Other valuable visits: Armeni minoan site, Argyroupoli (ancient Lappa) where the sound of water from springs cascades through this refreshing, taverna-laden village. Eleftherna, Axos, Zominthos archaeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
Head west along the coast (60km) to explore the small, picturesque and maybe the most enjoyable of Crete's larger towns, Chania. With its Venetian-era fishing harbour, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it is an extraordinary attractive town, especially if you are there in spring when the Lefka Ori's snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs. Don't forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts.
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