Magarikari is located on an altitude of 450 meters on the flank of the Psiloritis Mountain. It has an amazing view to the Messara valley and the Lybian Sea.
Magarikari was first stated in history in 1583.
The village was partly destroyed by Turks, as they burnt hundreds of houses and desecrated the church of the settlement. During the German Occupation, the village was destroyed completely. During the occupation 47 of their residents were captured as hostages. While being transported to the mainland their ship was torpedoed and all of them drowned.
Georgios Petrakis, better known as the famous guerilla, Petrakogiorgis, was born in Magarikari in 1890. He was a Greek businessman, partisan, and politician. He was a leading figure in the Cretan resistance of the years 1941 – 1944 against the Axis occupation forces. He is well respected for his patriotism, courage, honesty, perspicacity and selflessness.
There are 4 churches in the village of Magarika :
The one from Michael Archangel, celebrating the 8th of November
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Timios Stavros, they day of commemoration is on the 14th of September. On this day they celebrate the cross itself, as the instrument of salvation.
Panagia Kera celebrating on the 8th of September
Agios Nektarios, celebrating on the 9th of November