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Traditional Cretan Destination: Vamos Village

Vamos is a traditional Cretan settlement full of life. It is favored for authentic local fare, folkloric celebrations, walks in nature, architecture, and a well-preserved rural lifestyle. A resident collaboration between like-minded people with a passion for Crete renovated several traditional homes, transforming them into beautiful accommodations for tourists. There are about fifteen such venues...Read More

Rethymno journeys: Plakias

Cradled by mountains to its north and the Libyan Sea to the south Plakias has grown from a tiny fishing village to one of the most alluring visitor destinations in Rethymno province. Chilled and friendly Plakias is the largest coastal development between Agia Galini and Chora Sfakion and has an enticing selection of cafes, bars...Read More

Arkadi: explore a sacred monastery

Just a 25-minute drive from The Syntopia Hotel, Arkadi Monastery is one of the most important historical sites in Crete. Steeped in history (the monastery dates back to the 13th century) this is a place where the echoes of the past still sound. For Cretans today the monastery is a place of pilgrimage, and has...Read More

Hike Samaria: the iconic Cretan challenge

The Samaria Gorge, Crete’s most famous hiking route is a ‘must-do’ for tens of thousands of visitors each year. The most popular months – July and August – will see a thousand people a day file down the 12.8 km gorge. The whole walk is 16km, including the last leg, to the village of Agia...Read More