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Crete

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

5 Heraklion Restaurants You Should not Miss

Although far from the sophistication of the world’s culinary capitals –  New York, Tokyo, Barcelona, Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong, etc. – Heraklion is not an unworthy contender. Its rage of dining options will satisfy the genuine food connoisseurs, those who value authenticity before buzz, tradition instead of avantgarde, cordiality versus austerity. While more expensive than...Read More

Cretan Cheeses: Inspired by Tradition

Crete has an honest, down-to-earth cuisine, inspired mainly by the ingredients available and produced on the island: herbs, Cretan honey, olives, grapes, legumes, pulses, vegetables, fruit – all organic and farmed with love and respect for tradition. Raising animals for meat, and milk to produce dairy and cheeses is part of this tradition too, and...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