Spili

Located 27 km from the popular town of Rethymnon, in the central west region of Crete, Greece, lies the charming village of Spili Its name is derived from the Greek word ‘spili’, meaning ‘cave’, which is believed to be referencing the local caves in the area Spili is known for its refreshing plateias, or town squares, and the flowing waters that run through the village

The village’s main attraction is the Lions Fountain, also known as ‘kefalovrissi’, where visitors can enjoy cool spring water trickling out of lion head fountains This is a rare and precious sight on the dry and arid island of Crete, making it a true gift from Mother Nature Spili is also a significant crossroads between the northern and southern coasts of the island, as well as between the picturesque Amari Valley and the stunning beaches of Preveli, Plakias, Agia Fotini, Triopetra, and Agia Galini in the south

For those interested in hiking, Spili is part of the E4 Walking Path in Crete, a 320 km trail that spans from the north-west to the south-east of the island This path passes through Spili, offering a 143 km section from Agouseliana to Koxare and an 185 km section from Spili to Kissos, with the option to climb Mount Kedros and walk through the village of Gerakari As you walk through the village, be sure to stop and chat with the locals for insider tips and recommendations

Nature enthusiasts will also love the nearby Amari Valley, a lush green valley that runs along the Platys river and is surrounded by Mount Ida and Mount Kedros This area is abundant in fresh water from melting snow and natural springs, making it ideal for agriculture and farming Visitors can explore the various villages in the valley, each with its own unique charm and history dating back to ancient times

Aside from its natural beauty, Spili also has a rich cultural heritage, with sites dating back to different eras and cultures such as Minoan, Roman, and Byzantine History buffs will find plenty to discover here, along with the breathtaking mountain views and vibrant flora

To get to Spili, one can drive from Chania Airport, which is 90 km away and takes approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes, or from Heraklion Airport, which is 107 km away and takes approximately 1 hour and 34 minutes So next time you visit Crete, make sure to include a visit to the charming village of Spili for a taste of traditional Cretan life and stunning natural landscapes

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Spili weather

29.3°C
Feels like 31.3°C
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W 13 km/h
55%
1 UV

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18.7 km/h 20.5 km/h 19.1 km/h
53% 54% 55%
10 UV 10 UV 10 UV
Sunrise 06:17 AM
Sunset 08:38 PM
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Beaches near Spili

Pahia Ammos beach Kerames

Pahia Ammos beach Kerames

Distance 8.44 km
Gialopotama beach

Gialopotama beach

Distance 8.46 km
Agia Fotini beach

Agia Fotini beach

Distance 8.46 km
Pirgos beach Kerames

Pirgos beach Kerames

Distance 8.6 km
Drymiskos beach

Drymiskos beach

Distance 8.99 km
Preveli beach

Preveli beach

Distance 9.3 km
Ligres beach

Ligres beach

Distance 9.45 km
Triopetra beach

Triopetra beach

Distance 11.56 km
Ammoudi beach Plakias

Ammoudi beach Plakias

Distance 11.79 km
Skinaria beach

Skinaria beach

Distance 11.91 km
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