|Continuing on past the small plateau, a tree-lined road leads to the Greek Orthodox monastery Gonia and the Ecclesiastical Academy of Crete.|
The Monastery Gonias
original Monastery, still present as the cemetery today,
originates from the 13th century. The present buildings
date from 1618-34 and are in full use and are well
maintained. The history is rich in adversity, having
survived six great catastrophies inflicted by invaders -
the last being the German forces in WWII and is well worth
a visit. Visitors are welcome during opening hours but do
remember: Shorts are not welcome and photographs inside
A few hundred metres further on towards Afrata stands the Ecclesiastical Academy.
|The Ecclesiastical Academy of Crete|
academy, also welcomes visitors during opening hours. If
you have reached the monastery add a visit, its well
worth the time and only a few hundred metres further on
is a very popular rocky cove - originally for the monks,
where an enjoyable swim can be had in peaceful
If you are interested in learning a little more about the Monastery or the Academy take the short tour from their own booklet.
The Rodopos Peninsula is a narrow and mostly remote mountain. Rising to 762 metres (2476ft). The road from Kolimbari leads past the monastery and along the coast, winding above the edge of the sea and climbing upwards up the lower northern slopes of the mountainside to the village of Afrata.