Our village

Our village Margarites is built on the foothills of Mount Psiloritis, 27 kilometres away from the town of Rethymno.

There is a long history which concerns both its culture and its natural beauty and in every part of the village the visitor can see works of art made of clay , thus reminding them the bond which exists between Margarites and the art of pottery.

It might be said that it is worth visiting the beautiful monastery devoted to Jesus Christ and Saint Gedeon which dates back to the 16th century as well as many old churches with great architecture.

For those who love nature, there is a gorge named Lagkos next to the river in which there are numerous kinds of trees and plants..

As for the origin of the name of the village, it appears that there are two different theories.

The first, as Venetian and Turkish sources reveal, mention that the name Margarites came from the word ‘ Magarika’ which means cooking utensils.

The second is based on a story in which a queen of Ancient Eleftherna named Margarita, attracted by the beauty of the region gave her jewellery so as the village to be built and be named after her.

Maragarites is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages on Crete and this is the reason why every year hundreds of visitors visit it, leaving them with wonderful memories.