Mpali (or Bali) is a village by the sea, on the national road between Rethymno and Heraklion. Despite the name which reminds you the paradise place of South East Asia, the village named from a Turkish word translated honey, due to this high quality bees product. Today just a few bee keepers left since those times, but 700 meters before the exit to Bali (or after it, driving from Heraklion) we turn (south direction) where is the sign for Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos. The 17th century building is important for its role in the struggle during the Turkish occupation, for which it was bombarded in 1866 by the Turkish navy. However, for us is very interesting to see the architecture of the building (part ruined-part restored), some fragmentary old frescoes and enjoy the serene garden. We keep in mind that the place is open after 9am, every day except Fridays.