Pigi, Rethymno

Coordinates: 35°21′N 24°34′E / 35.350°N 24.567°E / 35.350; 24.567Coordinates: 35°21′N 24°34′E / 35.350°N 24.567°E / 35.350; 24.567
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Rethymno
Municipality Rethymno
Municipal unit Arkadi
  Population 857 (2011)
  Area (km2) 6.003
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 74100
Area code(s) 28310
Vehicle registration ΡΕ

Pigi is a local community of the Rethymno Municipality in the Rethymno (regional unit) of the region of Crete established by Kallikratis reform. Previously, it was part of the municipal district of Municipality of Arkadi. Capital of the new municipality is Rethymno.

Geography and history

Pigi is located 9 km east of the city of Rethymno, on the road towards Arkadi, at an altitude of 60 meters, 1 km from Adele village.[2] It is situated in the heart of a fertile and relatively smooth area, which in older times it was called Aryan. It is noteworthy that the English traveller Robert Pashley was the one who first wrote about the origin of the name of the village,170 years ago. The relevant note is the two-volume book of this great traveller, printed in London in 1837. He says among other things: "In Pigi - the name comes from a rich source that supplies the village with excellent water." Pigi is being inhabited from the Venetian period onwards.[3] An airstrip that used to be near Pigi was a strategic target for the German forces during the Battle of Crete.

Population of Pigi[4]
Settlement 1913 1920 1928 1940 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 20012011
Pigi 471 570 446 449 417 414 360 299 311 336 401
Agios Dimitrios - 72 98 103 115 79 65 54 75 116 177
Pigianos Kampos - - - - - - - 165 50 200 279
Total 471 642 544 552 532 493 425 518 436 652 857

Attractions: Monuments, Temples

There are many churches and chapels inside/close to the village: Agia Paravskevi Church, Virgin Mary, Agios Georgios of Koutroulis, Agios Georgios (church cemetery), Agios Ioannis and others. Agios Nikolaos church is decorated with frescoes of the 14th century, St George Church has frescoes bearing the date 1411.[5]


There is bus service (KTEL) from/to Rethymno serving this area (services for Kyrianna and Loutra)[6]

See also

List of settlements in the Rethymno regional unit


  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. "Route: Rethymno - Platanias - Adele - Amnatos - Arkadi - Eleftherna - Ancient Eleftherna - Margarites - Hani Alexandrou - Rethymno". Tourism Promotion Committee of Rethymno Prefecture. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. "Ottoman Settlements". Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Digital Crete. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
  4. Hellenic Statistical Authority, Digital Library (ELSAT), Census (Greek and English)
  5. 50,0,0,1,0 "Guide: Streets of Faith (pdf, in greek)" Check |url= value (help). county tourism promotion website. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  6. Bus timetables (in german) retrieved at 21 April 2012

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