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Cretan Recipes for Vegan Enthusiasts

The Cretan cuisine is diverse and anchored in its age-long traditions, local crops, and the seasonality of its produce. It’s rare to see something not locally grown on a taverna’s menu. High-end restaurants may feature imported goods on rare occasions. But although most restaurants and tavernas on the island have seafood and fish specific or...Read More

Introducing The Syntopia @thesyntopia Instagram Community

Many hoteliers use Instagram for marketing and PR, but we understand the social network’s purpose going beyond cliches, straight to the souls of our guests: past, current, and future. We want @thesyntopia to reflect our gypset philosophy and celebrate our followers, guests, influencers, media, and everyone else with a special appreciation for authenticity, style, and...Read More

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