It played an important role during the years of the Cretan Renaissance, both in letters and arts. During the last centuries of Venetian rule, it was known for its many scholars, artists and venerable monks.
Michail Damaskinos, Crete's most important Byzantine artist, painted here six of his masterpieces and according to tradition, El Greco himself spent some time as a student in the monastery's workshops.
Places and sights worth visiting! Outside the monastery walls, under everlasting plane-trees, there is a beautiful fountain, one of the island's most important outdoor sculptures, a unique heirloom of its time. It represents Adam and Eve in relief and water pours out from the mouths of three lions.
Total length: 7,7km
Route duration: 3h & 20min
Suggested visiting period: All the year
Route difficulty factors: Relatively easy route
Signaling system: R2
Altitude: 550 meters
WALKING, MOUNTAIN BIKE