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A day trip to the historical city of Rethymno
15 Oct 2019

A day trip to the historical city of Rethymno

Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete (after Heraklion and Chania) with a long history that goes back to the Minoan times and an impressive old town with numerous Venetian and Ottoman monuments. More than that, Rethymno is an idyllic destination with picturesque narrow lanes, a scenic old port

Kazantzakis Museum and the village of Myrtia
17 Sep 2019

Kazantzakis Museum and the village of Myrtia

When you are in Crete you should consider taking an off the beaten track day trip in the Cretan inland to visit an impressive museum dedicated to the life and work of Nikos Kazantzakis and explore the beautiful historical village of Myrtia, 15km from the city of Heraklion and 45km from Malia. Nikos

Trygos: Grape harvest in Crete
17 Sep 2019

Trygos: Grape harvest in Crete

The end of the summer in Crete signals the beginning of one of the oldest and most exciting agricultural practices taking place on the island since the Minoan times. The Greek term Trygos means wine harvest, a hard laboring but also pleasant job that results in the production of a Cretan-favorite pr

An ode to Cretan olive oil
17 Jul 2019

An ode to Cretan olive oil

Crete is famous for its olive oil production and boasts a large number of awarded brands, distinguished for their top quality and exquisite taste. Olive oil, however, is more than a product in Crete: it is part of the island’s history, culture, everyday life and nutrition and a local secret of lon

5 Cretan summer meze you must taste
17 Jul 2019

5 Cretan summer meze you must taste

Summer in Crete means delicious food prepared with fresh seasonal products, and the best way to enjoy a variety of Cretan specialties is by indulging into meze culture at one of the local taverns or ouzeri. Cretans don’t believe in drinking without eating, so meze culture basically refers to the p

The exotic Chrissi Island
16 Jul 2019

The exotic Chrissi Island

Crete is known as an island of contrasts, with a variety of alpine and coastal landscapes and a large number of beaches for every taste. What is lesser known, however, is that there are also smaller islands around Crete that you can easily visit for a day trip, and some of them are as exotic [&helli

The Museum of Rural Life in Piskopiano
21 Jun 2019

The Museum of Rural Life in Piskopiano

Crete is famous for the outstanding quality of its products and folk art, which is based on a long history of agricultural practices, production methods, and -of course- on a lifestyle that was harmonious with nature, seasons, and the climate. If you appreciate local products and traditions, it is w

The best beaches of Malia & Stalis
21 Jun 2019

The best beaches of Malia & Stalis

Alexander Beach The beautiful long sandy beach of Alexander Beach Hotel offers relaxing moments under the Cretan sun and a variety of water sports, such as water skiing, parasailing, jet skis, and family-friendly water fun with the banana boat, fun-rings, flying fish pedaloes and canoes. The beach i

The Traditional Villages of Krasi and Avdou
21 Jun 2019

The Traditional Villages of Krasi and Avdou

Holidays in Crete are synonymous to long hours under the warm sun, relaxing at exotic sandy beaches and enjoying the refreshing Mediterranean sea. A visit to the mountains to explore traditional villages is probably not on the list of many holidaymakers. However, some of these villages are so close

Day trip: Kera Kardiotissa Monastery
21 Jun 2019

Day trip: Kera Kardiotissa Monastery

From Minoan times to the Byzantine period and the prevalence of Orthodox Christianity, Crete has always been a place of spirituality, religious contestation and co-existence. The island counts many ancient shrines, temples, monasteries and extraordinary samples of religious art. The Monastery of Ker