Follow your private guide through the quiet narrow alleyways and other magnificent historical gems. Stop to take memorable photos, refuel with a cup of Greek-style coffee and learn about the Crete History.
- Explore all must-see historical gems in a fun and relaxed way
- Departure point from your hotel
- Bike and helmet rental included
- If at any stage of the day you wish to hop onto the bus for a rest, no problem. We just put the bikes on the trailer and continue.
- We recommend you bring swimming costumes, money (or cards) for coffee breaks and the extras and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Included in the price: Guide, insurance, bike hire and equipment, support vehicle, snack for lunch and unlimited water.
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers or for above 110kg (242,5 pounds)
- RAIN POLICY:The tour goes on the rain or shine. In case of heavy rain, we might wait a while to stop and to continue later.
- After the tour starts, no refund is applicable.
- No alcohol consumption prior your tour.
This is a lovely tour starting in Xiro Chorio the entrance of Myli gorge. The Mili Gorge walk is a moderately difficult 4 km (2.5 mile) hike. Much of the ground is uneven, so we suggest a good pair of walking boots with ankle support for this one. Walk centuries back in time to Mili Gorge and its atmospheric abandoned mills and churches near Rethymno. There are many places in Crete where you feel you’ve left the 21st century behind, and this is true of the Mili Gorge, fascinating gorge in the hills above Rethymno, Crete’s third city. Indeed, you probably skip the 20th century as well.
The flour mills of Mili Gorge once supplied the whole of the Rethymno region. Along with the villages and hamlets around them, they were abandoned by the early 1970s, but the trail down the gorge gives you a wonderful insight into the island’s recent history. Enjoy a coffee in the gorge, breathe the fresh air and feel the beauty of this natural environment.
Just before we depart from the gorge you can enjoy a snack. After the snack we hop on our e-bikes and cycle down to the town of Rethymno. From the promenade we will slowly end up in the old city enjoying the beach views.
In Rethymno old town we will visit the museum, Krini Rimondi and then Fortezza, the Venetian castle. The Fortezza (Greek: Φορτέτζα, from Italian for "fortress") is the citadel of the city of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. By the early 20th century, many houses were built within the citadel. These were demolished after World War II, leaving only a few historic buildings within the Fortezza.
From the peripheral road of the castle we carry on and make a stop outside the church of four Martyrs before we end up in the public garden of Rethymno. In the green we can enjoy a coffee before we head towards the marina of Rethymno and finish this lovely tour.
After we reach the Municipality Garden of Rethymno, we will park the bicycles inside and go across the street to visit the famous Open Flea Market of Rethymno, which takes place every Thursday.
This market does not focus on products for tourists. Certainly, there was nicely packaged olive oil, herbs and honey available, ready to bring back home on a plane, but this was something everybody bought anyway. The market was clearly made for local consumption, people were walking around selecting their fresh produce by themselves, the mostly large quantities handed to the trader to be weighted and paid for.
Tour length by bike: 20 km
Extras to be paid separately: Coffees and drinks from the local shops.
We recommend you bring swimming costumes, cash (or cards) for coffee breaks and the extras and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
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