Things to do in Spili

Our most recommended things to do in Spili

From Elounda:West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

1. From Elounda:West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

Pair up with our top local insider & journey along the golden expanse of West Crete by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Submerge into a bespoke adventure fueled by the shimmering authenticity of ancient villages, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature, lavish gorges spilling their rivers into the sea & storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled among utopian wonders. Tuck into the genuine flavors of our legendary forefathers. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, & the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb & melt-in-mouth river fish placed around an open fire straight in front of you. Luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno wallowing in the charm of the labyrinthian streets & Venetian fortification. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets & eclectic wine-cocktail bars.

From Rethymno: Guided Day Trip to the South Coast

2. From Rethymno: Guided Day Trip to the South Coast

Experience Cretan nature with a local guide on this day tour. Pass through olive groves and traditional villages, smell wild flowers and herbs, and admire the natural beaches of the South Cretan Sea. Commence your tour by departing from Rethymno after meeting your guide. You'll soon arrive at the dam that gathers water from the gorge of Patsos. There, take amazing photos of one of the most important lakes in the southeast Mediterranean, which also boasts many species of birds and animals. Next, stop at the magnificent gorge of Patsos itself. See a small church in a rocky cave and pass through traditional villages before heading over to a higher point for a panoramic view of Rethymno and the two highest mountains of Crete. Afterwards, visit a botanical garden and discover Crete's medicinal plants and flowers. Take a break from walking and enjoy some tea as you bask in Cretan nature. Then, proceed to Spili, a village famous for its natural springs. Lastly, visit the Folklore Museum and end your tour by going to Plakias Beach for a swim with a view of the South Cretan Sea.

Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

3. Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

Pair up with a local insider and journey along the golden expanse of west Crete in the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle on this day trip from Heraklion. Choose from a range of vehicles that range from 3-12 seats. Visit destinations like the mountain village of Argyroupoli.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and begin your journey into western Crete. Sip on mineral water and snack on fresh fruit during the drive. Wander the village of Spili which is known for its monuments and medicinal herb garden. Travel to the foot of a mountain to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli which overlooks the vast blue Libyan Sea. Expereince views the Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifou gorges. Encounter hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature.  Visit the village of Argyroupoli a local spring give birth to the Mouselas river. Get local recommendations on where to tuck into the genuine flavors of Crete. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the food is an art.  Prepare to be mesmerized by the delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb, melt-in-your-mouth river fish placed around an open fire. Go for a stroll in the seaside town of Rethymno and admire the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortifications. Revel in the glamour of the old town's authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

4. From Chania: Spili, Matala Beach, & Kournas Lake Day Trip

Travel from Chania to the villages of Spili and Matala on this day trip. Stop to take in the views at Kournas Lake. Keep cool with refreshing soft drinks, beer, wine, and bottled water. Keep your energy up on the trip with sandwiches and local kalitsounia (sweet cheese pastry).   Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Chania. Sit back and relax on the drive to the picturesque village of Spili. Watch an audiovisual presentation on Cretan customs on the bus ride. Once you arrive in Spili, have an hour-long break to explore the fountains, springs, chapels, and murals in the village. Make your way to the village of Matala which is known for its alternative housing community that sprung up in the 60s. Take some time to enjoy the azure waters at the sandy Matala beach and admire the colorful homes, cafes, and street art. Head to lake Kournas where you can see the White Mountains reflected in the deep blue waters of the lake. Return to your accommodation in Chania at the end of your tour. 

From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

5. From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

Pair up with our top local insider and journey along the golden expanse of West Crete by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Submerge into a bespoke adventure fueled by the shimmering authenticity of ancient villages, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature, lavish gorges spilling their rivers into the sea, and storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled among utopian wonders. Tuck into the genuine flavors of our legendary forefathers. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb and melt-in-mouth river fish placed around an open fire straight in front of you. Luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno basking in the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortification. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars.

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What people are saying about Spili

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 150 reviews

What a fabulous experience we had on this tour, led by Enda and exceptionally driven through the mountains by Maniolis. Enda really knew his stuff and the day was smattered with interesting stories, histories and anecdotes. It was truly packed with interest. The day was very well paced & did not feel rushed. There were lots of interesting little stops and some bigger: it was a smorgasbord of interest to suit all. The trip takes you through spectacularly beautiful and interesting terrain which, being high up and not driving, you get to absorb. The flora and fauna we saw were exceptional and the beauty blew a lot of us away. There were many places we saw along the way I'd like to see more of. I can't wax lyrical enough about this trip, it was a thrill to go on it and I'd definitely recommend you go on it. In fact I wouldn't hesitate to go on it again myself: that's how good it is! Many thanks to the team behind it.

The booked tour exceeded our expectations. The places we visited are worth the tour. From the Podamon reservoir, via the Priveli palm forest to Spili. But that may also have been due to our guide Georgeous (Schorsch), who guided us safely through the hinterland with great information about the country and its people. He alone deserves 5*. Ps. By the way, the food in the tavern in Preveli also deserves 5*. A fantastic day trip and highly recommended. Thumbs up.

Gorgeous Safari! We have seen places that are impossible to reach independently. The guide was able to put us at ease and was really nice. The meal was served to us in a square with a unique view. I've never seen anything like it. Highly recommended.

Superb excursion thanks to a guide who took the time to share his knowledge of local vegetation and customs, all in French. All this with great patience for my dynamic children. We will all keep very good memories of this day.

nice friendly guide, delicious food and beautiful surroundings on the way