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Hotel Of The Week, Our Milia Traditional Village in West Crete

My sunny Kalimera dear guests,

wish you are fine and enjoy a splendid weekend.

We are glad to present you our hotel of the week.

If you’re searching for an authentic cultural experience away from the tourist trails, look no further than our Milia Traditional Village in the remote hills of west Crete. 

Here the local life is on your doorstep and very much a part of your stay. 

Don't miss to have a look at our new activities at Milia, as a Cooking Workshop or a Journey to the...

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Legend Of The 12 Archontopoula - Truth Or Fiction?

Let's start this lovely sunny day, week with a story.

If you are fortunate enough to visit one of the remote mountain villages of Crete, and if you are not fluent in the language, but have the services of a local translator, you will hear one of the most fascinating stories ever told.  The tale has been transmitted as “oral history” for years in the mountain tavernas, but it is usually told as though it happened yesterday.

It is the compelling and intriguing tale of The Legend of...

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33 Greek Museums And Archaeological Sites Will Extend Operating Hours

This is great news ...

More than glad to receive this information today.

As of 1 April, 33 Greek museums and archaeological sites will extend their operating hours and remain open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, seven days a week, until the end of the season (31 October 2014).

Especially in Crete these sites will be : Archaeological Site of Knossos, Archaeological Site of Phaistos, Psychro Cave, Lassithi, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Spinalonga Islet at Elounda.

According to...

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Villa Athermigo A Journey Through Time at Apokoronas Region

We are glad to introduce you our new member in our small family, on www.cretetravel.com.

Villa Athermigo is our new gorgeous and stylish Villa in Crete a great option for our valued guests who are looking for perfect harmony, peaceful tranquility, privacy, high aesthetics ... a magical journey through time.

Villa Athermigo, located at Apokoronas Region nearby Gavalochori Village at Chania, Crete,  whose name derives from the unique olive oil, used to be a traditional oil press,...

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A Pleasant Walk At Agioi Apostoloi-Chania

Just 4 km west of Chania there is the area of Agios Apostoloi, well-known for its beautiful sandy beaches and one of the best boutique hotels in Crete Ammos Hotel

Many locals swim here all year round. Apart from the beaches, there are many possibilities for outdoor activities like mountain biking, jogging, beach volleyball and of course, walking.

An easy walk, which is suitable for families with children as well, starts and the end of the Chrissi Akti beach. A short climb will...

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Asi Gonia: Blessing of the Sheep

In the orthodox religion, every profession has a saint and shepherding is no exception.  

Saint George is the patron saint of shepherds and every year on his day, April 23, there is a spectacular ceremony in the Cretan mountain village of Asi Gonia during which St. George is remembered, the shepherd is honoured, and his sheep are blessed after being milked and sheered.

I had the privilege of witnessing this ceremony two years ago.  On  Easter Monday, shortly after 8 am. the first...

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Tsikoudia In Crete

As the first rays of sunlight warm the field, I look toward the Lefa Ori mountain range and see the procession of men and women in the distance, slowly descending the rugged hills.

I am standing near Kostis Falanis, who has been working the ancient still for the past two hours; the aroma of a sweet liquid fills the air.

He gives the stayfylo—the grape skins and stems—another quick stir, watching as the steam from the copper pot is funneled to the tank. Kostis tells me the steam is...

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Food Reasons Greeks Are Better At Life

We have the Greeks to thank for so much of our modern day society.

They paved the way for great philosophical minds to keep pushing us forward intellectually. They gave us the Olympic Games, and a desire to strive for athletic excellence.

And, well, then there's democracy. Clearly, we owe a lot of who we are to Greece. We're thankful for all of it, but most of all, we're thankful for the feta.

The Greeks have singlehandedly shaped our modern society, and they have also -- and...

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Crete Has A Secret

Crete has a secret.

Unnoticed by the multitudes of tourists that travel here each year, this beautiful island is home to some of the oldest trees in the world. One is claimed to be five thousand years old while the others have been observing humankind for more than two thousand years.

These sacred olive trees, planes, carob, myrtle, hawthorn, sea junipers and palms are protected by the state and revered by the Cretans. The stories and mysteries that surround these holy trees tell...

Experiencing the Beauty of Omalos Plateau, Chania, Crete

Many tourists who find the hike down the magnificent Gorge of Samaria too challenging may want to consider staying at a lodge in Omalos, the starting point for entering the gorge.  

Your hosts will offer traditional, Cretan hospitality, plus the experience of being in one of the most dramatically beautiful natural settings on Crete.  

Two lodges that come highly recommended by hikers are the Kallergi Lodge, about two hours on foot from the gorge, and Neo Omalos, closer to the...