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Hromonastiri and Mili Gorge in Crete

The village of Hromonastiri lies approximately 10 kilometres south of Rethymno. The road up to the village goes alongside a gorge called Mili, or Myli. The scenery is enchantingly beautiful.


Mili Gorge in Crete.

A cafe in Mili Gorge.



The gorge is not as spectacular as the gorges in southern Crete, but it is still pretty cool. In the gorge there are ruins from the settlement that gave the gorge its name. There are also some nice churches, a water mill and a café. It takes about an hour to walk the entire gorge one-way.


The Military Museum in Hromonastiri. Crete.

The Military Museum in Hromonastiri.


Hromonastiri (or Chromonastiri) is located not far from the gorge's entry. It is a nice little village with two Byzantine churches and several Venetian-era buildings. The most important of these buildings is Villa Clodio, once the summer residence of Venetian nobles from Rethymno. The building has been restored and now houses a Military Museum. Open Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 13:30.

The Olive Museum and the Taverna Athivoles in Hromonastiri in Crete.

The Olive Museum and the Taverna Athivoles in Hromonastiri.


In Hromonastiri there is also an interesting olive museum with an olive mill from the 18th century. Next to the museum is the simple and very nice taverna Athivoles, which is very famous for its delicious cheese balls. You understand why when you come here.


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