Not a single traveler passes through the village of Spili without making a stop at the main square just to drink some water from the famous stone fountain constituted by a row of stone carved lion heads. It is the most refreshing experience.
Spili is located 28 km southeast of Rethymno City right on the main country road that leads all the way to the south (Agia Galini). It stands at an altitude of 430 meters at the foot of Voriza Mountain. It is quite large in terms of population and it becomes even larger during the summer months, as it constitutes a very popular holiday destination.
The village features many shops selling traditional products and souvenirs. It is also famous for producing unique weaving. Actually, the local economy is quite strong, as Spili constitutes a business hub accommodating the needs of the entire southern prefecture.
The surrounding nature of the village is simply amazing due to the abundant waters. As a result, Spili is an oasis of dew even during the hottest summer days, ideal for a stop. If you do decide to make a stop at Spili, then you should definitely consider having lunch or dinner at one of the many taverns in the area or a refreshment in one of the coffee shops.
The history of the village is very long. The important battle of Mesara, one of the many against the Turkish occupation, took place here in 1833, while in 1941 the village was destroyed by the Germans.
In the area there are many Byzantine churches and a medieval tower that you can visit.
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