Violi Haraki

The Violi Haraki in the prefecture of Rethymno is a village located shortly before the Atsipopoulo, approximately 6 km west of the city of Rethymno.

Built at an altitude of 120 meters, the Violi Haraki was named so after a boy, who seated on a rock (haraki) and played his lyre, notifying the residents of the village of the approaching Turks.

In 1889, there was a harsh battle given in Violi Haraki between the Turks and the residents of Atsipopoulo and not only, who tried to prevent the Turks from entering the area. A strange thing about this battle, which resulted in the retreat of the Greeks, was that it took place during the Ramadan, an Islamic month of fasting.

The Violi Haraki, which is actually an extension of the city of Rethymno, is the perfect place to admire the Fortress of Fortezza because of the site it is located on. It also has a direct access to NRAC (North Road Axis of Crete), which makes it a fast passage leading to the major urban centers of Crete, Chania and Heraklio

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