Rethymnon area Towns . Villages

Spili, on the road from Rethymnon to the south

village square in Spili Crete
Coffee break at the village square in Spili
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The village Spili ….. don’t just drive through!

Approximately 1,000 years of history look back on the past of the mountainside houses and its approximately 800 inhabitants.

The village consisted of the Venetian era, as today, from two settlements, the so-called Panochori and Katochori (upper and lower village).

lion fountain in Spili Crete

25 lion heads invite you to refresh yourself

The jewel of the village, the Venetian fountain “Kefalovríssi” with its 25 lion heads, is located in the city center and is not to miss; around them the village square with cafes and tavernas under huge plane trees invite one to linger. Take some time to stroll quietly through the streets of Spíli and to drink water from the lions’ heads. The exact origin of this centuries-old water flood is still unknown, but according to government tests it is the purest spring water with a high iron content and a constant temperature of 13C.

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