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Crete’s Artisan Treasures: Ceramics and Pottery from Margarites

Crete is a cradle of tradition and culture. When you adventure away from the beach to the heart of the island, you will discover a trove of artisan treasures ranging from bobbin lace (kopaneli) to handmade fabrics, embroidery, leather goods, Cretan knives, and beautiful ceramics and pottery. You can find these items in souvenir shops,...Read More

Treat Your Tastebuds to Something Special at The Syntopia All-inclusive Eatery

Pitch-tinted wicker, ceiling-to-floor slender tree trunks in olive-wood tones, fresh foliage here and there, and warm-gray tiles on the floor – here are some of the decor highlights making The Syntopia Hotel’s dining room a boho-meets-mod space for the sassy gypsetter. And then, there’s the food: finger-licking in Instagramable vibrant colors, all-organic dishes that tame...Read More

Syntopia: More Than a State of Mind

What’s in a name? In The Syntopia Hotel’s case, the term is more than an identifier: it reflects a hospitality concept that combines style and artistry within a hassle-free and eclectic environment for the bohemian-chic wanderers. A definition of the term syntopia by the Urban Dictionary describes “a future which is neither dystopic nor utopic,...Read More

Truffle Hunting on Crete Island

There’s no crop more valuable than the truffle, and few people know that Crete has its secret places where gastronomy’s “black diamonds” hide their precious bounty. Truffle hunting is relatively new in Greece, although research dating back to 1854 identified some ten species of hypogeous fungi growing in the country. Since 1854, local truffle hunters...Read More

Four Secluded Beaches Between Rethymno and Heraklion

There are so many secrets of nature, historical attractions, and cultural experiences to enjoy in the middle of Crete’s northern coast, right in between Rethymno and Heraklion. Those in search of that perfect secluded beach bliss will find some of Crete’s finest unspoiled cays. Crete’s secluded beaches may lack the convenience of those featuring amenities...Read More

Three Crete Caving Experiences Few Travelers Know About

Crete has hundreds of caves not only for speleologists but for travel enthusiasts to discover. Some of the most caves are the Diktaean and Idaean caves, Melidoni, Milatos, Krionerida, and Tigani at Gramvous. However, many other exceptional ones dot the Cretan landscape. Below you’ll find three little-known to outsiders. And if you like myths and...Read More

Rethymno adventures: Visit the mountain village of Anogia

Perched more than 750 metres up the northern face of Psiloritis, Anogia has a poignant history. Burned by the Turks for its resistance to their rule in the 19th century, and by the Germans in WWII, Anogia is synonymous with heroism, resistance and sacrifice. This is a place where memory runs deep. No wonder it’s...Read More

6 great wineries to visit near Chania

While Heraklion province accounts for most of the wine production in Crete, in the west a handful of stunning wineries produce some of the best wines on the island. Anoskeli Set amongst its own olive groves, vineyards and orchards, Anoskeli produces blended reds, whites and rose’s of local varieties Vidiano, Vilana and Asirtiko as well...Read More