Life in Crete: Discover the Gem of Greece
DRINK AND DINE
From Chania to Agios Nikolaos, Cretan cuisine with its traditional flavours and aromas will blow your mind. Most of the local dishes are inspired from the Mediterranean cuisine and they are made from local ingredients. Cretan cuisine is famous around the world for its nutritional quality. Don’t hesitate to taste the local wines and the traditional “raki”. In the summer, many local events take place in the cities and villages of Crete. Take the opportunity to explore the local dishes and drinks and the unique Cretan hospitality. It’s not a coincidence that Crete is one of the ultimate gastronomic destinations in Greece.
Every place on the Cretan landscape has a piece of history behind. Minoan, the first European Civilization took birth in Crete (3000 BC). The majestic palaces of Knossos and Phaestus in Heraklion tell their unique Minoan stories through their architecture, art, jewels and poems. Through the centuries, Crete became an important center of Christianism as reflected in the hundreds of monasteries and churches which are scattered everywhere in the island. Reaching the white chapel of St. Nicholaos in Georgioupolis, built on the rocks is a memorable experience. The Venetian and Ottoman occupations of Crete have left their mark on the old towns’ architecture. Exploring the paths of the old Cretan towns by walking, will excite you. The fortresses of Fortezza in Rethymnon and Firka in Chania worth your visit.
It is said that nature blessed Crete with crystal beaches and rivers, imposing mountains and incredible flora and fauna. You will totally fall in love with the turquoise waters of the popular Balos and Elafonisi beaches in Chania. Feel the exotic vibes of Prevelis lagoon in Rethymnon, wandering under the palm trees. Your excursion into the Cretan nature should include a stop at the Kourtaliotis waterfalls in Plakias.
Both Chania and Rethymnon, the closest cities to Eliros Mare Beachfront Poem Hotel, offer a wide variety of goods for shopping. Big stores and local small shops have their place in the Cretan towns. Let yourself get lost in the old towns’ alleys and you will discover true handmade gems.
In case you are eager to explore more about our hotels and Crete visit our blog through the below link. There you can find tips for your vacation, information about popular and hidden destinations in Crete, information about Cretan gastronomy and tradition, and be fully prepared to experience magical summer vacation with us.