The gorge of the Mills

The gorge of the Mills in Rethymno prefecture near the village of Neoi Miloi, 8 km far from the city of Rethymno, is a complex of watermills, water-power network and rich flora and fauna.

The gorge of the Mills, owes its name to the abandoned settlement next to the torrent with the watermills that were built by the locals during the Venetian rule, existed along the gorge and were operated until the 1970s. It is not actually a gorge, but a ravine with a huge number of plants and trees. Today, in the area there is one watermill that has been restored and is well maintained.

Along the gorge, tall plane trees and ivies dominate the landscape. The constantly running water, creating waterfalls and lakes, originates in the springs that can be found at various sites in the gorge of the Mills, with the spring of Agios Antonios and the Five Virgins standing out.

Inside the gorge, you can find small churches, such as the church of Agios Antonios, the church of Agios Ioannis and the church of the Holy Five Virgins. A bit further, there are the churches of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Nikolaos.

The gorge of the Mills has become an attraction point for hikers in recent years, since it is an easy path to walk and it crosses the whole valley. There is also an old house that was turned into a café-restaurant in the area.

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