<XMP><body> </xmp> The village of Spili in Crete
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The village of Spili on Crete


Spili is a small town situated south of Rethimnon on the route Rethymnon - Spili - Agia Galini. The name Spili comes from the Greek word for cave (spilia) and the village is set between two cliff faces at the foot of Mount Kedros. Spili is a pleasant and lively small town and a perfect place to make a stop when you are heading down south. You can walk on the old cobbled streets and take a look in the tourist shops (from all sorts of souvenirs to products like natural herbs etcetera). At the entrance of the village a new monastery has been built, but in a tasteful way.

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The village of Spili on Crete

If besides monasteries and beaches you'd also like to see a pretty and cosy village than Spili (on the road from Agia Galini in the south to Rethymnon, which is 28km in distance) should be on your list. In Spili there is an abundance of water, so Spili is very green. There is a Venetian 'Kefalovrissi' fountain with 19 lionheads and 6 other fountains, that brings crystal clear, drinking water from the Psiloritis mountain. There are many shops with local products here (herbs, tea, nature products), as well as cafes and restaurants. In the streets you find many flowers and old churches. Spili has around 800 inhabitants, so it's fairly big for a Cretan village.

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Cafe Bar Babis in Spili

We just had a cappuccino here but it was tip top. They had Illy coffee and the cappuccino was made with hot milk. It was strong and good and it came with cookies and a glass of cold water. The price was good as well.

Our verdict: very good, a 9 out of 10

Spili, Crete, Kreta. Spili, Crete, Kreta. Spili, Crete, Kreta. Spili, Crete, Kreta.
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Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2009 <XMP></body></xmp>