Melidoni X Village
Feel home even if you are far away from it.
A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
Nature hides her secrets because of her essential loftiness, but not by means of ruse.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.

The village of Melidoni is found approximately 27km east of Rethymnon in the Municipality of Geropotamos.

The village now has developed considerably although there are still some old Venetian buildings to be seen in the back streets if you take a walk through. During the summer the village is extremely lively, with dancing and public events. On Clean Monday, the last day before Lent, there is an ancient ceremony only held in a very few places on Crete, marking the day with much festivity including fancy dress.

The village has its own bakery, petrol station and small grocery shops as well as tavernas and kafanea together with the inevitable kiosk as found all over Greece.

Distance:

* Heraklion Airoport: 56km
* Heraklion City Center: 53km
* Chania Airport: 94km
* Chania City Center: 87km
* Rethymnon: 27km
* Perama: (next bigger town with a very good infrastructure) 4km
* Bali: (beaches) 9km
* Panormo: (beaches) 10km

Almost all foreign travellers visiting Crete came to Melidoni due partly to its fantastic cave. However the cave became more infamous in 1824 when, during the Revolution some 250 unarmed villagers, including women and children were suffocated when the entrance was sealed and fires lit by the Turks thrown in to the cave following a three month siege. Not until 1834 when the English explorer Robert Pashley visited Melidoni did Manolis Kirmizakis, the only survivor of the events, inspect the cave discovering the bones of the martyrs. Today there is a large sarcophagus within the cave containing the bones of those killed and the monument is now considered extremely important in defining the independent Cretan character.

 

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