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Books You Might Enjoy Reading During Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are the best time for bookworms to relax by the beach, reading a good book while enjoying the breeze and the soothing sounds of the sea. And because different readers like different styles, the following five books you might enjoy reading during the summer holidays will contain recommendations from various genres. Watermark...Read More

Travel With Respect for the Environment

Environmental consciousness is the new way to travel and will not stop you from enjoying your experiences while on holiday. On the contrary, it will give you a sense of meaning and purpose. If you reached Crete by plane, you did not opt for the most environmentally friendly transportation. But you rarely find a way...Read More

The Happiest People Don’t Have the Best of Everything, They Just Make the Best of Everything

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything,” is a popular motivational quote by an unknown author. Sometimes the phrase is mistakenly attributed to Oprah Winfrey, Kate Allatt, Samuel Cawthorn, or other motivational speakers. But that is the magic of a great motivational quote: it inspires millions...Read More

Live Saxophone Music at The Syntopia Hotel

Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax created the saxophone in the 1840s, probably without even dreaming of the universal recognition the instrument gained in time. He carved the first saxophone from wood and designed seven types and sizes, from sopranino to contrabass. Several noteworthy musicians improved the original designs. We owe the brass saxophone of today to Henri...Read More

Hotel Spots that Will Inspire You

The Syntopia is a unique adults-only concept hotel based on coexistence, free spirit, and modern Cretan hospitality principles. It is the ultimate Greek island gypsetter destination, offering luxe accommodation, premium amenities, and inspired nooks where you can relax, meditate, read, or share your thoughts with like-minded guests. The hotel spots that will inspire you feature...Read More

Cretan Recipes for Vegan Enthusiasts

The Cretan cuisine is diverse and anchored in its age-long traditions, local crops, and the seasonality of its produce. It’s rare to see something not locally grown on a taverna’s menu. High-end restaurants may feature imported goods on rare occasions. But although most restaurants and tavernas on the island have seafood and fish specific or...Read More

Psarantonis: Traditional Cretan Lyra Musician and His Legacy Transcending the European Borders

Not many musicians who choose traditional styles manage to claim international recognition and fame at Psarantonis’s level. His lyra is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). He played with some of the most prestigious musicians, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. He participated in numerous international festivals – the...Read More

Couple Vacations and Things to Do on Crete Island

Are you considering Crete for a couple’s vacation? Although more populated than other Greek islands, Crete is a romantic paradise if you know where to go and what to do. It has miles of pristine, unperturbed nature, bucolic hills, verdant valleys, jaw-dropping gorges, high mountaintops, and pristine beaches caressed by the crystal-clear waves of the...Read More

Introducing The Syntopia @thesyntopia Instagram Community

Many hoteliers use Instagram for marketing and PR, but we understand the social network’s purpose going beyond cliches, straight to the souls of our guests: past, current, and future. We want @thesyntopia to reflect our gypset philosophy and celebrate our followers, guests, influencers, media, and everyone else with a special appreciation for authenticity, style, and...Read More