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The Best Cretan Souvenirs to Bring Home

When you visit Crete, you cannot leave empty-handed. Of course, you will make memories and can snap as many pictures as you want, but buying souvenirs for your home, friends, and family will make your “feel” of Crete last longer. Besides, some of these souvenirs have exceptional artistry unavailable anywhere else in the world. Here...Read More

Cretan Christmas Traditions

The Cretan Christmas traditions follow the rules of the Greek Orthodox faith with some critical secularization elements somewhat similar to international customs; for example, there will be non-traditional Christmas lights everywhere and Christmas trees. Karavaki – Christmas Boats All over Crete, particularly on the coastlines, in every village – usually at its main entrance –...Read More

Rethymno, a Fish and Seafood Foodie Destination

Rethymno has no shortage of restaurants that satisfy every palate. When locals and visitors want fresh seafood and fish, they have plenty of choices, some with beguiling views of the fortress and the sea, others for prices, and all for quality dishes made from scratch with seasonal ingredients. Here are five fish and seafood tavernas...Read More

Travel With Respect for the Environment

Environmental consciousness is the new way to travel and will not stop you from enjoying your experiences while on holiday. On the contrary, it will give you a sense of meaning and purpose. If you reached Crete by plane, you did not opt for the most environmentally friendly transportation. But you rarely find a way...Read More

Hotel Spots that Will Inspire You

The Syntopia is a unique adults-only concept hotel based on coexistence, free spirit, and modern Cretan hospitality principles. It is the ultimate Greek island gypsetter destination, offering luxe accommodation, premium amenities, and inspired nooks where you can relax, meditate, read, or share your thoughts with like-minded guests. The hotel spots that will inspire you feature...Read More

Psarantonis: Traditional Cretan Lyra Musician and His Legacy Transcending the European Borders

Not many musicians who choose traditional styles manage to claim international recognition and fame at Psarantonis’s level. His lyra is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). He played with some of the most prestigious musicians, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. He participated in numerous international festivals – the...Read More