Heading to the south, our first pilgrimage stop will be in the Holy Monastery of Panagia Paliani, one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries on Crete, world- famous for its Holy Myrtle tree.
Our trip continues with a visit to the archaeological site of Gortyn – an ancient city with ruins from different eras, more specifically from the Minoan up to the Early Christian period. The most significant findings of the place include the Gortyn Code (also called the Great Code) that dates back to the 5th century B.C., the ancient theater, the Roman Odeum and, of course, the ruins of the Basilica of St. Titus from the 6th century A.D.
We carry on with our pilgrimage in the Monastery of Panagia Kalyviani, where we are about to pay our respects to the miraculous icon of the Annunciation. The monastery has always been a typical example of a foundation that offers charity and education to the poor and needy in the Messara region.
A refreshing swim in the crystal-clear deep blue waters at the beach of Matala, where we can also admire the man-made caves carved out of the rock in the steep cliffs, is about to seal this unique excursion in the best possible way.