Destination

  • Beautifully Local: Three Cretan Villages You Should See
    Your next best Cretan experience will be beautifully local when you explore one of the traditional villages at the throbbing heart of the island. These settlements combine tradition and authenticity with the locals’ deep respect for nature and its bounty. Leave the popular tourist trails behind you and
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  • Rethymnon Carnival and Mardi Gras Customs
    With a history stretching back 107 years, the Rethymno Carnival is Crete’s bacchanal preceding 40 days of solemn fasting, prayer, and repentance during the Greek Orthodox Great Lent called Sarakosti. The first carnival in Rethymno took place in 1914, and it featured a ball, a parade, games and jokes, and
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  • Mountain Shelters in Crete
    When you visit Crete, you want to adventure in the mountains and know where you can find accommodation or just a roof over your head and a modest, honest-to-God bite to eat. There’s nothing glamorous about mountain shelters – they are there to give you peace of mind and a haven when you are out and
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  • Visit Crete’s Beguiling Nature Parks
    Crete has some of Greece’s most unique wilderness areas to enjoy a year-round destination for nature lovers. A few of the island’s remarkable attractions include the world-famous Samaria Gorge, Psilorites Natural Park, and finally, Sitia Global Geopark. Here’s a brief preview of these “bucket list”
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  • Rethymno adventures: Agia Galini
    The drive from Rethymno to the south coast village of Agia Galini takes just over an hour, and the 50km journey, through the mountains and rolling hills of Rethymno province is worth it alone. Through Spili and past Akoumia, the road runs through one of Crete’s most alluring landscapes, until an abrupt
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  • Holy Heroes: Preveli’s Inspiring War Story
    Preveli monastery on Rethymno province’s south coast stands high above the Libyan Sea. For its breathtaking location and the views alone, a visit here on a sunlit day stays long in the memory. But this place has a deep and heroic history. Like most Cretan monasteries, it was at the centre of anti-Ottoman
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  • Modern Meets Tradition in Vrysses
    Vrysses, also spelled Vrisses, is a jewel of a Cretan traditional village in the municipality of Apokoronas. It is an active community whose primary sources of income originate from tourism and farming. Vrysses is well known for its olive oils, sheeps’ yogurt, and citrus production. Vrysses has a fair
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  • Destination Lake Kournas: Sunbathing and Donkey Walks
    Lake Kournas is Crete island’s only natural freshwater lake. It gathers its waters from the Amati spring, which originates in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and underground springs. Once called Koresia after the ancient city Korion, the lake counts among the most popular tourist destinations in the
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