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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

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

Battle of Crete Museums – 6 of the best

Heraklion Historical Museum of Crete (IMK) The permanent WWII section of this private museum is Crete’s most significant exhibition related to the Battle and the occupation. Curated by Heraklion historian Costas Mamalakis it presents artefacts from the occupation, resistance activity, acts of sabotage and German war crimes, offering profound insights into the island’s wartime experience...Read More

Adventures in Chania: Loutro

Secluded and car-less, the village of Loutro on Crete’s south-west coast may not be quite off-the-beaten-track these days, but it’s still an idyllic place to unwind – an iconic Greek island getaway. Set on a sheltered crescent bay a 15-munute minute boat ride from Chora Sfakion, blue shuttered white houses tumble down from the hillside...Read More