Andartis – Partisan of Peace

Rethymno Province

Right on the Nida Plateau, high on Mt Psiloritis, you can make out this sprawling landscape sculpture created by German artist Karina Raeck in 1991 to commemorate the Cretan resistance in WWII. The monument itself is a pile of local rocks arranged in such a way that it looks like an angel when seen from above. It’s a flat and easy 1.25km walk out here.

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1. Ideon Cave

0.43 MILES

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2. Skinakas Observatory

3.38 MILES

Near the top of Mt Psiloritis, at 1750m, Skinakas Observatory is operated by the University of Crete and is the country's most significant stargazing…

3. Moni Vrondisi

4.96 MILES

Situated 4km northwest of Zaros, this monastery is noted for its 15th-century Venetian fountain with a relief of Adam and Eve, and early-14th-century…

4. Moni Agios Nikolaos

5.73 MILES

Just west of Zaros, a sign directs you to this monastery at the mouth of the Rouvas Gorge, about 2km up the valley. The church has some fine 14th-century…

5. Lake Votomos


Emerald green and tree fringed, this small reservoir just northeast of Zaros was created in 1987 to store the town’s natural spring water. It attracts…

6. Museum of Grylios

6.27 MILES

A short walk uphill from the lower village square, this humble museum presents the paintings and sculptures of Anogia-born folk artist Alkiviadis Skoulas …

7. Nikos Xylouris' Home

6.27 MILES

Crete's most famous musician, the lyra player and singer Nikos Xyouris, was born in this modest house on the lower village square, and today his family…

8. Folklore Museum of Zaros


Opened in 2015, this tiny museum, housed within a traditional stone cottage, is one of those things you feel you should go to just to support them. It…