Rodakino is one of the largest villages of the southern Rethimno prefecture. The village is on the foot of the Krioneritis Mountain, above the Rodakino beaches. Rodakino is about 15 kilometers from Plakias, 13 kilometers from Fragkokastelo and 42 kilometers from Rethimno. There are rooms to let, taverns, supermarkets etc in the settlement.
The gorge of the area divides the village into two parts, Ano Rodakino and Kato Rodakino. Both parts have an amazing view to the Libyan Sea.
The residents of the village are farmers, shepherds and fishermen and tourism is their more recent occupation.
The Rodakino coastal line consists of three beaches, a few kilometers in the south of the village.
The three beautiful beaches are pebbly and two of them are organized with hotels and taverns near them. The first beach is Korakas.
The third beach is completely isolated and behind a small hill. The area is not very developed and that is why it is very calm and peaceful.
The negative of the area is the frequent strong winds.
Rodakino played an important role in the past Revolutions. It was destroyed two times, during the Venetian Occupation and during the World War II.
During the Turkish Occupation the flag of the Revolution against the Turks was raised on the Kourkoulos hill, on the 24th of May 1821. The largest beach of Rodakino was used by the Greek ships in order to unload munitions.
There are various versions on the origin of the name of the settlement. It is said that a peach tree had grown in the area and that is why it was called in that way. It is also said that its name came from the color of the skin of the residents.
The churches of Metamorfosi of Sotiras, Koimisi of Theotoks and Agios Panteleimonas are in Ano Rodakino. The churches of Agios Georgios, Agios Antonios and Profitis Ilias are in Kato Rodakino. The Agio Pnevma church is on the Krioneritis hilltop.
During the Venetian Occupation, the Venetians destroyed completely the settlement and killed all its residents. It is said that only one resident survived and went to the mainland of Greece. After many years he returned to the desolated settlement and started its reconstruction.