Visit the Arkadi Monastery

If you’re looking to break away from the sunloungers and learn a bit more about your holiday destination of choice, Rethymnon has plenty to give in the way of rich history and fascinating culture, both of which can be found at the incredible Arkadi Monastery.

Seen as an inspirational symbol of freedom for the island of Crete, the monastery is thought to date back to the 5th century AD and rose to international fame during the Cretan revolution.
Seeing the monastery is a must, not just for the astonishingly well-preserved buildings and the interesting on-site museum, but also to learn the fascinating history of what went on within the olive coloured walls.