While exploring Margarites, do not forget to visit the monastery of Saint Gideon, also called the Karakalou monastery . It’s situated on the outskirts of the village, on the north-eastern side ( GPS coordinates: 35°20’25.52″N – 24°41’20.79″O). A steep little road leads you up to the entrance. The monastery is rather small which is typical for Crete.
Most monasteries are not to be compared to the large abbeys of the Northwest Europe. However, it is very well looked after and will remind you of an oasis with all its different species of plants, some of which are quite exotic. The monks also keep some small birds that offer a pleasant chirping sound in the background. You can climb up to the roof terrace and enjoy a wonderful view over the entire village from there.
We would like to remind you that visitors in monasteries ought to be properly dressed and are kindly requested to respect the fact that in some churches it is forbidden to take pictures or video recordings.