Axos – An «ancient» village

Axos is a traditional mountain village in the prefecture of Rethymno, located 46 km southeast of the city. The settlement, is built on the north slope of Psiloritis, at an altitude of 510 meters. It has approximately 350 residents, which are friendly and hospitable, while the view from here is unique and unlimited. Axos, has been a tourist destination since the 1960s because of its archaeological importance, since the “Ancient Axos” was one of the ancient cities of Crete.

Because of the altitude and the springs of Mylopotamos that flow down from the mountain, a great variety of herbs and flowers of the Cretan flora thrive in the area of Axos. Visitors will also find here more than 10 springs with fresh water, full-flowing all year round, gardens, olive groves, vines, and trees, such as orange trees, walnut trees, cherry trees, apple trees, pomegranate trees, carobs, plane trees etc.

Besides, there are many churches in the surrounding area and seven, about a thousand years old, Byzantine churches in the village, such as Saint Ioannis, Timios Stavros, Afendis Christos.

From Axos, you can also visit the villages, of Veni, Zoniana, Anogia, Livadia, and the Sfendoni cave, one of the most imposing and beautiful caves in Greece, with wonderful stalactites and stalagmites.