Historical Athletic Route
Holy Arkadi Monastery - Amnato - Kiriana - Loutra - Pigi - Adele -
Iroon Polytechniou Square in Rethymno
“ARKADIA” is being organized for 77 years and consists one of the oldest happenings in terms of historical sporting event of Greece and Europe.
With deep devoutness and sincere respect, hundreds of athletes and volunteers from Rethymno, Crete and the whole Greece honor every year the memory of the self-sacrificed heroic defenders of Arkadi Monastery.
A 22.4 km.
route in length, of great natural and cultural interest, which can be accomplished also on foot. It begins either from Arkadi monastery or from Rethymno. The route continues and pass through the villages of Amnatos, Kiriana, Loutra, Pigi, Adele. Kirianna is the next village. In this historic village, there are several old temples and modern ones. There are still scarce architectural elements of Renaissance style and the Byzantine church of Panagia, built in the architectural style of a free cross with dome, dominates imposingly. This church adorns the village from the beginning of the 11th century and is one of the most interesting examples of ecclesiastical architecture in Crete. The route then leads to Amnatos, a beautiful village with many Venetian mansions, with the most interesting the mansion of the Sanguinatsu family that preserves a beautiful Venetian doorway with the inscription: “INITIUM SAPIENTE TIMOR DOMINI” (Wisdom is the Fear of the Lord). There is also a Folk Art Museum and the Museun of the History of the Greek Education. The view to Rethymno's valley from this village is amazing. Immediately after the village the road leads to the historic Monastery of Arkadi with the wonderful Renaissance architecture of its church and the Museum of Historic Ecclesiastical Artifacts. It is worthwhile making a longer stop there. Then the road leads towards the picturesque villages Kiriana, Loutra, Pigi and Adele.