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Unwind with Your Other Half in an Adults-only Paradise

Crete has a wealth of superb hotels and resorts, but most are family-friendly, designed to accommodate vacationers young and old. Unfortunately, very few of these properties have facilities, amenities, and services that cater to an adult-only group of holiday-makers. The Syntopia Hotel is an exception. With swanky gypset vibes, a stellar location on the beach...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

Five Microbreweries in Crete Worth Visiting

Crete may not have had a craft brewing tradition, but it keeps up with the times, and it is now home to some exceptional artisan breweries that can rival some of the best across Europe and the world. These microbreweries have perfected signature brews and offer brewery tours that allow you to understand their individual...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

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

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

Treat Your Tastebuds to Something Special at The Syntopia All-inclusive Eatery

Pitch-tinted wicker, ceiling-to-floor slender tree trunks in olive-wood tones, fresh foliage here and there, and warm-gray tiles on the floor – here are some of the decor highlights making The Syntopia Hotel’s dining room a boho-meets-mod space for the sassy gypsetter. And then, there’s the food: finger-licking in Instagramable vibrant colors, all-organic dishes that tame...Read More