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Ships and Ferries to Rethymno Crete Greek Islands Greece

Travel information for Ferries.
Ships and Ferries to Rethymno - Crete Island.

Rethymno and the Crete island in general are connected to the port of Piraeus. There are evening departures to the ports of Rethymno (Souda), Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos every day, all year long.

In addition, there are ferry connections from Crete
ferry to the Cycladic islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Milos and also to the islands of Kythira, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, and basically all Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands via a third island.

Your trip to Crete can be with a conventional ferry boat or Highspeed depending on the day, the time and the ferry company you wish to travel with.

Your trip to Crete, Chania will last approximately 7-8 hours and to Heraklion 8-9 hours, travelling during the night, whereas the same daily trip lasts 5 and 6 hours respectively. If you decide to visit Rhodes first, you
can reach Heraklion through Sitia's port (Karpathos,
St Nikolaos) and your trip will last approximately 12
hours. From the island of Santorini the trip to Heraklion with a high speed ferry will last no more than 2.30 hours

Ferries from Piraeus to Crete run all year round on a
daily basis. However, during the summer, Easter and holidays in general there is an additional daily route
for you to choose, according to the increased demand.

1. Piraeus - Crete Rethymno
2. Piraeus - Crete Chania
3. Piraeus - Crete Heraklion
4. Piraeus - Crete Agios Nikolaos
Sitia
5. Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Santorini
Crete Heraklion
6. Piraeus - Milos - Crete Rethymno
7. Gythion - Kythira - Crete Kissamos
8. Mykonos - Santorini - Crete Heraklion
9. Rhodes - Karpathos - Crete Sitia
Agios Nikolaos

Attention !
The above mentioned information is subject to alteration. To be sure about correct schedules, departure and arrival times of conventional and highspeed ferries check the ONLINE Booking System.

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Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
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before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

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RETHYMNO > CHURCHES & MONASTERIES

The Arkadi Monastery

The Arkadi Monastery Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Arkadi Monastery is located 23 km from Rethymnon. Its foundation has not been dated exactly, but local folklore has it that it was founded by Iraklito and restored by the Byzantium Emperor, Arkadio, in the 5th century, but modern historians say that it was founded by a monk named, Arkadio, and that is where its name comes from.

The Arkadi Monastery is a sacred symbol of the Cretans fight for freedom. In 1866, during the Cretan revolution their leaders met here to direct the fight. The Turkish governor asked the Abbot, Gabriel Marinaki, to dismiss the revolutionaries from the monastery or he would destroy it, the Abbot refused. The Pasha gathered 15,000 troops and on 7th November 1866 began the attack. Within the monastery were 964 people of which 705 were women. The battle that followed was hopeless. So at dawn of the 9th November when the Turks toppled the main gate the defenders of the monastery and with encouragement of the Abbot took the brave decision to blow themselves up with their invaders in the armoury rather than surrender to the Turks.

After this holocaust in the monastery, the Cretan ‘problem’ opened the closed gates of European diplomacy. The conscience of Europe was touched and their attitude changed towards Crete and the Cretans quest for freedom. Many relics of this era are displayed in the monastery’s museum.

The Preveli Monastery

The Preveli Monastery Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Preveli Monastery is composed of 2 monasteries 3 km apart and is located south of Rethymnon close to Kourtalioti River estuary. A possible source of its name comes from a monk, Prevelis, who restored the monastery. The ‘lower’ monastery is dedicated to John the Prodromo and has been abandoned; the ‘rear’ monastery has a twin domed church in the centre dedicated to St John the Theologist and the Annunciation. The church is built upon the ruins of an earlier church of the Byzantium period. To the west and the north are the cells of the nuns. At a lower lever is a fountain dated 1701. The monastery’s museum displays ecclesiastical articles and icons.

The Arsaniou Monastery

The Arsaniou Monastery Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Arsaniou Monastery is located 10 km east of Rethymnon and was founded in the Venetian period. There two possible sources for its name: one has it that it was named after a monk named, Arsenios, the other a lady named, Arsinoe, who donated her property to build the monastery.

The main church is dedicated to St George and was built in 1888 on the site of an earlier church of the 16th century. The monastery was restored in 1970 and the wall murals were done in 1988-90. The monastery has a museum and a meeting hall.

The Vosakou Monastery

The Vosakou Monastery Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Vosakou Monastery is located 50 km east of Rethymnon and is dedicated to the Sacred Cross. The monastery was built in 1195, but has been destroyed twice. The current church was built in the 19th century and was abandoned in the 1950s. In recent years monks have re-inhabited the monastery and are working on its restoration.

The St Irini Monastery

The St Irini Monastery is located in a village of the same name 5 km south of Rethymnon. A very old monastery that was destroyed many times by the Turkish occupation forces during the Cretan fight for independence.

Its restoration began in 1989 with the dedication of its hard working nuns. The monastery is a centre of local traditional handicrafts such as, weaving, embroidery etc. There is an exhibition displaying their handicrafts.

The Bali Monastery

The Bali Monastery is located overlooking the settlement 37 km from Rethymnon. The monastery is also known as Atalis Monastery from the Venetian name for the seaside village, which was derived from the name of the ancient town of Astalis. The monastery is believed to have been founded in the 17th century. Its church is dedicated to St John and its façade has examples of the renaissance architectural style. The monastery played an important role in the Cretan revolution of 1821. It was later abandoned, but was re-inhabited after 1982 when it was restored.