This small monastery is located 4km west of Plakias in beautiful surroundings with a spectacular view towards Souda Beach and over the Libyan Sea. The word Finikas (Phoinikas) was the name of a small coastal settlement already mentioned in the 1st century BC. The inhabitants moved to Sellia in the beginning of the 20th century but you can still see the ruins of houses in the surroundings of the monastery.
The official name of the monastery is "The Holy Monastery of the Archangel Michael" and was build in the 18th century. The ruins are now (2020) almost fully restored and the best thing is they didn't completely rebuild the walls but used the old ruined walls as a the base.
In the monastery you will find a small, very nice folklore museum where you will find a lady who is more then happy to tell you all about it.
You can walk there from Plakias using the beautiful walk 5.
By car you drive from Plakias to Sellia and then west towards Rodakino and before you go over the mountains you take a left turn off the main road onto a dirt road and after 1km you are there.
Opening times: 09:00-19:00 (may vary out of season). Entrance fee: Whatever you feel like!
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