culture

  • 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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  • Day trip to Psiloritis: Discover mountainous Crete
    The mountains of Crete are rarely on the list of tourist attractions, even though they played an important role in the island’s culture, history and mythology. The peaks of Cretan mountains hosted Minoan shrines and medieval fortresses, their caves became refuge for gods and goddesses, and their slopes
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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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