Exploring Crete | The Arkadi Monastery
As winter is finally blowing in I am asking myself seriously, where has Summer gone?
Last month I spent a lovely week away in the Greek islands of Crete!
We stayed near Rethymno, which is one of the largest towns in Greece. It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece; which boasts majestic mansions of Venetian architecture and an almost fairy-tale atmosphere – with it’s sweet idyllic streets. There is literally nothing but pure bliss, beach and villas which was a much needed for me (after a very jam packed couple of months!)
What I really loved the most was the chilled out vibe that everyone seemed to maintain, from the locals to the tourists (of course). No one is in a hurry and its great! Must be all the sun exposure and that 30 Degree heat *sigh… take me back already!
On this particular day we visited the Monastery of Arkadi. It is situated at an altitude of 500m above sea level and boasts numerous legends, heirlooms and a rich history of battles and heroism which took place there. It is almost like you are being taken back in time and get to actually experience the deeply rooted tales of the past.
The Arkadi Monastery is renowned as being a starting point for anyone visiting the area who wishes to bask in some of its more subtle, historical features. It offers a large variety of historical, religious and folklore sights whilst allowing any visitor to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the cliffs and grand scenery. Please be aware if you are planning on visiting, it’s best to wear trousers or a long skirt and definitely not shorts to the monastery. They do offer skirts and various scarves on arrival for modesty on hand (thought this was very sweet). Thankfully there was this super cute boho skirt available – which surprisingly goes with my outfit! I felt much more comfortable and more respectable going to a place of worship, prayer and beauty.
Sunglasses – ASOS | Shirt – Forever21 | Shoes – Nike
Photographer – Jean-Michael Ipock
Where has your summer taken you?
Love, Pingkan x