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Things to do in Crete
Beaches. There are scores of beaches on the island. They range from small, stone shingle beaches to long stretches of glistening sand. You can camp on them or just visit for a few hours. Some are crowded, with umbrellas and bars, and some are totally secluded.
Experience the Crete kafeneion. The kafeneion (coffee shop) is a age-old institution in Crete. Village life centers around these places. If you find yourself in a small village stop and have a coffee, a beer, a raki, or an ouzo at one.
Tavernas are as prevalent as kafeneia. They are everywhere along the sea in tourist towns, but try to find a small one in a small village where there is no menu. A lunch or dinner at one of these places can take hours, and gives a true look at the island's tradition of hospitality.
Jeep Safaris & Horseback Riding. There are companies offering both of these. Jeep safaris can take you just about anwhere to just about anything. Horseback Riding is particularily available on beaches.
Festivals. These happen often on Crete, They usually involve a outdoor barbecue and traditional dance and music. Lýra is the dominant folk instrument on the island; it is a three-stringed fiddle, direct descendant of the ancient Lyre, which is held vertically, resting on the thighs of the player and is played with a bow like a violin. It is often accompanied by the Cretian lute (laoúto), which is similar to both an oud and a mandolin. The film Zorba the Greek helped to expand the audience for Cretan folk music; popularity peaked from about the middle of the 1970s to the middle of the 1980s.
Visit the cretan villages.There are many traditional ang graphic villages in the Crete land to explore.
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Greek cuisine has a long tradition and its flavours change with the season
Greek gyros and souvlaki
(Greek: σουβλάκι [suvlaki), plural souvlakia, is a ..
The Battle of Crete (German:Luftlande
schlacht um Kreta;
Greek: Μάχη της
Κρήτης) was fought ...
variously as Idha, Ídhi, Idi, Ita and now Psiloritis (Greek: Ψηλορείτης, "high mountain"), is the highest mountain on Crete. Located in the Rethymno
Cretan traditional costume was of the most elegant and most complicated form of clothing and was divided into everyday and festive clothing. While in other regions ...
The couplet of mantinada or patinada or Kotsakia poem is composed of two verses which are usually fifteen to rhyme or four imistichia not necessarily rhyme. It is a..
The palm beach of Vai (Greek: Βάι) is one of the largest attractions of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It features the largest natural palm
Lake Voulismeni (Greek: Λίμνη Βουλισμένη, Límni Voulisméni) is a former sweetwater small lake, later connected to the sea,
The Phaistos Disc (also spelled Phaistos Disk,
Phaestos Disc) is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace...
Chrissi,an island 7km long with a maximum width of 2 km, is located 8 nautical miles south of the Ierapetra in the south part of the ...
The island of Spinalonga (Greek: Σπιναλόγκα), officially known as Kalydon (Καλυδών), is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-...
The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete. The
Dikti or Dicte (Greek: Δίκτη) (also Lasithiotika Ori, Greek: Λασιθιώτικα Όρη) is a mountain range on the east of the island of Crete in the regional unit of Lasithi. On the west it extends to the regional unit of Heraklion. According to the Greek Mythology, Zeus was reared on this mountain in a cave called Dictaeon Andron (Psychro Cave). On the north of the main massif, the plateau of Lasithi is located. Read more
Episkopi Ierapetras is a village on the Greek island of Crete. Episkopi belongs to the municipality of Ierapetra in the prefecture of Lasithi. It lies north of Ierapetra in the middle of the narrowest part of the island. The village has approximately one thousand inhabitants.
The village was established during the Minoan period, probably between 2500 and 2000 BCE. Is located..Read more
Right next to the archaeological site of Malia, a beautiful sandy beach makes the difference. The scenery includes tamarisk trees, crystal clear waters, a small river that spills into the sea (and makes the water a bit chiller!) and many sea urchins on the rocks – in case you are a fan of this mezze! It may be organized but still differs from the rest of the beaches in the area, as it is more peaceful, there is plenty Read more
Single room church of 12th century with unique frescoes from 14th century.Lies in Agios Nikolaos - Crete Read more