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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

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

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

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

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

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

Gastronomy in Crete: Must-try Dishes From the Island

When people talk about the Mediterranean Diet, few know that Crete played a significant role in developing it. However, the “Mediterranean Diet” concept is too broad because 22 countries surround the Mediterranean Sea. Although there are similarities between their cuisines, they are as diverse as they are interesting. Diets depend on the environment, geography, and...Read More