Asteri is a small village 14 km east of Rethymno, where our amazing Asteri, Citrus and Myrrini Villas are located. At a distance of 3km from the sea, this traditional and picturesque settlement overlooks the Aegean sea to the north and the highest mountain of Crete, Psiloritis, to the northeast.
Asteri has easy access to the national road, that leads you to the beautiful beaches and sightseeing of Crete. In a 3 km distance, visitors can find supermarkets, grocery shop, gas station and ATM.
Within a few kilometres, visitors can reach the Holy Monastery of Arkadi, which has become a historical symbol since the 1866-1869 revolution against the Ottoman empire. A stronghold of Cretan history and resolution, it is a fascinating structure; externally, it looks like a fortified Venetian baroque-style church, with a magnificent facade, while the interior resembles a fortress. The Monastery's gunpowder storage room was set on fire to prevent the civilians from being massacred by the Turks.
The surrounding areas are full of Roman relics and findings that reveal an even more salient past. Further archaeological discoveries exposed Ancient Eleftherna, a necropolis dating from the geometric and archaic years. Hellenistic and Roman buildings and Minoan settlements, an ancient oil mill dating from the Roman years (2nd-3rd century AD) and cemeteries of the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman period, were found on the hills of Hamalevri.
Now, travellers can also visit the recently opened museum of the Eleftherna archaeological site, brimming with extraordinary finds.