Kato Malaki

The Kato Malaki is a village in the central part of the prefecture of Rethymno located shortly before the Ano Malaki village, approximately 19 km southwest of the city of Rethymno.

The Malaki is stated in the 16th and 17th centuries’ census with two settlements.

The area of Ano Malaki and Kato Malaki has been inhabited since ancient times, which can be proved by the findings of many carved stone crushers and wells of the Minoan era. In some places, where the erosion has swept away the soil, traces of the ploughshare of Isiodos plow can be seen, while there are berms on the slopes of the canyons. During agricultural works, some fossils of sea starfish, stuck into the rocky ground, have been found by chance.

As far as the name of Kato Malaki is concerned, the so far research has not discovered something or someone related to it, as it happens with other villages. It is possible, though, that the village bears the name of the sea molluscs that were found in this area so far from the sea.

Another version mentions the word “wool” and its diminutive mallaki, since the two villages have had a developed livestock farming and big wool production of good quality.

 

In the area of Kato Malaki there are many churches inside the caves, such as Agios Antonios and Agios Petros at location Faraggi Mpononidon. Among plane trees and abundant waters there is also a small plateau called Potamia nearby.