The holly grove of Rouvas is located 55km south of Heraklion and 16km north of Gergeri village, in one of the most rugged and secluded parts of Crete. This isolation is the main reason for its existence, since humans have fortunately not destroyed that like all the other lost forests of Crete.
Rouvas forest develops in a small - depression - plateau at the southern part of Psiloritis mountain. One can approach the forest either from Gergeri village through the forest road, or from Nida Plateau again through a forest road or even by walking in the European hiking trail E4, starting from the Zaros lake, crossing the amazing Gorge of Agios Nikolaos and reaching the forest after 2 hours.
Sacred Monastery of Odigitria
Considered one of the oldest monasteries in Crete, this humble monastery still stands as a guard for Orthodoxy. Apart from Agios Antonios, Agiofarango and Panagia in Martsalo, in the area of the monastery there are a series of chapels and hermita...
Monastery of Panagia Κaliviani
This beautiful monastery is known for its charity work. A complex of institutions is developed around the Monastery such as laboratories that craft vestments, painting and weaving. Also there is a museum of ecclesiastical and folk crafts, public e...