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Visited both major parts, the winery and the monastery itself. The winery has a tasting room and offers a variety of wine tasting combined with light snacks starting at €5. This is your chance to pick up local wine as very little of it is...More
Really wonderful ancient monastery steeped in history with a fabulous museum and exhibits. Well worth the very scenic drive and easy parking. Be sure to visit the winery and olive oil factory for a tasting or two!
Go early as it gets really busy although...More
Although Toplou is about half an hour's slow drive from Sitia (12 to 15 miles) it is well worth the effort to go. The monastery itself is interesting architecturally, the historical exhibits are well displayed and varied and, at the end of your visit, the...More
A person or family, could easily spend an entire day at the monastery with an overall cheap and enjoyable experience. For example, one could start of by attending a service at the monastery in the morning. Then, have an fantastic meal at the cafe or...More
This place looks more like a fortification than a monastery from the outside.Inside one can visit the church and a small museum.
Wouldn't drive out here just for the monastery, but it is more or less on the way to the eastern shore of Crete....More
Out of two weeks lazing around from one beach a short drive away or another we decided on a marathon (or two world record marathon) trip around eastern Crete.
After enduring and admiring the windy mountain roads from Makry Gialos to Zakros then down again...More
This monastery has one monk -- the abbot -- who has turned this lovely Venetian-era monastery into a money-making machine. There's a cafe, a winery (organic, of course), a vast gift shop, and the entrance fee. There are some nice bits to it, including the...More
Great location for a Byzantine Monastery.
Visit and you might feel like praying, faithful or not!
Some property problems with the locals, as usual, but it is not what you should be looking for. Check the architecture, get in the Temple and enjoy.