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The Sacred Olive Trees of Crete
20 Nov 2020

The Sacred Olive Trees of Crete

Of more than 30 million olive trees on Crete, 14 are sacred. Their sacrality comes from centuries of longing for the divine, justice, freedom, and absolution. The body in charge of classifying the olive trees is the Association of Cretan Olive Municipalities (ACOM). Here are five of the 14 holy tree

Adventures In Nature: Hiking Experiences Near Malia
23 Oct 2020

Adventures In Nature: Hiking Experiences Near Malia

Many visitors to Crete do not realize the island offers hiking experiences like no other. In all, there are more than 440 hiking routes on Greece’s largest island. In the countryside surrounding Malia, you will find several unique footpaths leading past wonderful nature and sporting spectacular vi

Chania Adventures: Exploring Chora Sfakion
5 Oct 2020

Chania Adventures: Exploring Chora Sfakion

Known as Sfakia to most, this village on Crete’s south coast should be on every traveller’s itinerary. An exhilarating drive through the White Mountains from Chania or Rethymno (the journey from either takes less than 90 minutes) there’s something uniquely welcoming about this former tiny fish

Visit Episkopi, a Cretan Village Close to Heraklion
18 Sep 2020

Visit Episkopi, a Cretan Village Close to Heraklion

You will find Episkopi, a traditional Cretan village in a beguiling natural setting, about eighteen kilometers southeast of the Cretan capital Heraklion. It sits about 350 above sea level on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Alongside herding, viticulture and olive growing are the mai

Experience True Cretan Rural Charm in Mochos Village
9 Sep 2020

Experience True Cretan Rural Charm in Mochos Village

Mochos is a picturesque hamlet twelve kilometers from Malia on the way to the Lasithi Plateau. It is about 40 kilometers from Heraklion, Crete’s capital, and easily accessible by car. Favored by tourists for its rural appeal, Mochos has plenty to offer to justify a day trip. Here are some of the m

Avdou Cretan Village in Hersonissos
28 Aug 2020

Avdou Cretan Village in Hersonissos

If you want to understand the true spirit of Crete, you must visit a local village. When in the Hersonissos regional unit, Avdou may be the best destination. It has pure rural character, sublime hospitality – aptly defined by the locals “philoxenia” – and even surprises for the most

The Best Villages Near Malia
9 Aug 2020

The Best Villages Near Malia

Malia is Crete’s tourism central, a veritable Ft. Lauderdale of beach activity, excellent hotels, and incalculable activities for all ages. Situated on the Cretan Sea about 35km east of Heraklion, the town’s name means “flat area,” which is appropriate since the former fishing village sits o