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Autumn, the Best Season to Trek the Gorges of Crete

Crete is the ultimate family destination. There are exceptional accommodation choices available in the high tourist season, but many hotels remain open in the colder months for adventurers who want to see the island without the madding crowds. You will want to plan a Cretan holiday in the fall or winter. Autumns are mild, with...Read More

Kommos Beach: A Zen Spot for Yogis

Yoga practitioners visiting Crete will appreciate the meditative peace of Kommos Beach in the southwest side of the island, near the village Pitsidia, some five kilometers north of the legendary hippie Matala. The longest beachfront of the Messara Bay faces the Libyan Sea, which dances in azure and cobalt blue, frosting with clouds of white...Read More

Ancient Greek Gods and Their Connection to Crete

The mightiest of all the twelve Olympian gods of Greece, Zeus, calls Crete his birthplace. The twin gods, Apollo and Artemis, came to be on the small Paximadia islets on the southern coast of Crete according to local mythology, albeit Hesiod puts them on Delos. Legends tend to contradict one another, but since Artemis was...Read More

Crete’s Top 5 Places to Relax and Unwind

Lazy days at the beach, high-octane adventures off-the-beaten-path in the mountains, and the islanders’ sweet naïveté and love of strangers (the celebrated Cretan philoxenia), are all checkboxes for soul detox and clean living in this modern age when we seem to appreciate more the fleeting conveniences of our daily routines rather than paying attention to...Read More

Summer Holidays for Couples on Crete Island

Crete is a family-friendly destination with plenty to see and do for visitors of all ages. But couples and adults seeking tranquility and intimacy will find the island more than appealing: Crete is as romantic as it is mysterious, fascinating, rich in history and traditions, and full of congenial people. It has secluded beaches and...Read More

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

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