A pilgrimage to the heart of Cretan history by Michael Sweet With its dramatic mountain backdrop the tiny village of Theriso, 16 km south of Chania, is a delight to visit all year. But trust the locals; winter is the…
Chania is one of the Cretan destinations many tourists love to write home about, for it’s a charming coastal town, with typical architecture, a lively promenade with fantastic sea views, deep-rooted traditions and culture, cuisine to die for, and all kinds of activities that keep locals and visitors alike busy for days.
History of Beekeeping on Crete
Honey is one of the flagship agricultural products on Crete, valued as much as olive oil and citrus farming. Historical evidence shows that the art of beekeeping arrived in Greece from Ancient Egypt, most likely through Crete. Indeed, the oldest hives found here date from 3400 BC. The clay hives were unearthed at Phaistos, the Minoan palace in the south of the island.
Verekinthos is an art and crafts village, and a must-see to buy souvenirs and artisan goods. It is south of the bay of Souda, about thirty minutes drive from Georgioupoli.
They call it the Egyptian Lighthouse and it stands strong at the Venetian harbor of Chania, safeguarding the town since the XVIth century. This stone silhouette had once a different shape.
Kournas is an Apokoronas mountain destination close to the Georgioupoli hotels Eliros Mare, Anemos Grand Luxury Resort, and Mythos Palace Resort & Spa. All our resorts organize hikes around the famous Lake Kournas but if you want to explore the area on your own, here are some of the things you will discover.
Just thirty minutes drive from Georgioupoli, you will discover one of Crete’s most beautiful and interesting villages: Argiroupoli.
Limni Kourna, in translation Lake Kourna (also spelled Lake Kournas), is Crete’s only freshwater lake. It’s an alkali-type lake, with a nature preserve in a dreamlike setting, which boasts hiking paths, lakeside beach, paddleboats, and tavernas. The lake is very interesting for tourists staying at Eliros Mare, Anemos Grand Luxury Resort, or Mythos Palace Resort & Spa, as it is located only 4 km from the center of Georgioupoli.
Asi Gonia is a mountain village of about 800 souls, the smallest municipal unit of Apokoronas. It is historically mentioned for the first time during the Venetian domination. Today, it is one of those Cretan destinations that preserve traditions stubbornly, despite the tourist boom of the past ten years. Plus, the many plane trees here keep the place fresh and shady – perfect to escape the scorching summer sun from June until the end of August.
Georgioupolis is quite an attractive seaside resort. Once a fishermen’s village, today this destination is a popular tourist magnet, favored mainly for its lovely, Blue Flag beaches.