Damavolos

Damavolos is a village of the prefecture of Rethymno, located 33 km from the city of Rethymno and almost 6 km from the settlement Perama.

The Damavolos village was built in the 13th century, at an altitude of 250 meters, and has nestled between the Mount of Psiloritis and the Talaia Mountains.

There are several versions of where the village of Damavolos obtained its name from. On one hand, perhaps it was due to the fact that the Venetians were the first village inhabitants and chose a name that would remind them of the Italian Alps. On the other hand, some claim that the village was named after its first settler. The local tradition, however, wants the village’s original name to be Agios Georgios, but it got changed during the Turkish occupation and this last name has prevailed.

The old and currently renovated mansions stand out in the Damavolos village, but the most beautiful part is the tributary, flowing on the southern side of the settlement. There, visitors can see some old ponds and several remaining water-mills. Also, the village is crossed by the European route of the E4 path.

Religious attractions of the Damavolos village that should be mentioned are the stone-built church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in the main square of the village and the church of Agios Georgios located further to the north.