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  • The Best Hidden Villages of Crete
    The people of Crete have a word for village, “xorio,” to identify the places closest to their hearts. While most of the island’s residents live and work in larger cities like Heraklion, Chania, or Rethymno, every Crete islander has roots in a specific village and the unique traditions that go with that
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  • Go South: explore the area of Plakias
    Once a small fishing village, Plakias has developed to a popular holiday destination for those who seek modern commodities and a relaxed vibe, away from the hustle of touristy areas. Situated at the southern coast of the island, just 36km from the city of Rethymno, Plakias is a must-see, and easily
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  • El Greco: from Fodele to Spain
    Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541 – 1614) , the worldwide famous painter who became known with the nickname El Greco (“The Greek”), originated from the village of Fodele and the Kingdom of Candia, as the island of Crete was called during the Venetian period. He took his first artistic steps as
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  • Must-see: Koules Fortress in Heraklion
    The fortress of Koules, or “Rocca a Mare” as the Venetians called it, has been the tireless guard of the city of Heraklion since the 16th century. The fortress was recently restored and its gates opened to visitors, making it one of the most interesting must-see monuments of the city. Apart
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  • Discover Crete’s colorful mythology
    Cretan mythology includes some of the most popular myths of antiquity and well-known characters that inspired ancient and modern art, and even the name of the continent of Europe. Getting familiar with the basic myths of Crete is a must before you visit the island, as you will discover most of the
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  • Trygos and the birth of Cretan wine
    Cretan wine is famous around the world for its exquisite taste and unique quality. The secret of its success lies in the Cretan land, climate and traditional production practices, some of which have roots to antiquity. The birth of Cretan wine starts every year at the end of the summer, when grapes are
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