World-renowned for its ancient civilization and its unique natural beauty, Crete is Greece’s top tourism destination attracting more than two million visitors in the space of a year.
Nevertheless, Crete boasts a significant productive population involved in the primary sector, chiefly in the production of oil, in the cultivation of vineyards and wine-making, in bio-dynamic agriculture (early vegetable production), in cattle breeding and in cheese making.
The most significant products of the Cretan land are olives and olive oil, grapes, citrus and fruits in general, wine and tsikoudia – the Cretan fire water-, dairy products, apaki (pork coated in aromatic herbs, marinated for 2-3 days in vinegar and wine before it is slowly smoked over a fire of olive and cypress branches), vinegar-tinged sausages, bread and rusks, thyme honey, stamnagathi (a wild green with a bitter and sweet flavour and an exquisite aftertaste), wild greens and vegetables, sultanas, locust beans, herbs and aromatic plants.
The race trail covers the distance that pilgrims of the sacred city of Minoan Knossos used to walk in order to climb Psiloritis mountain and honor their god, Zeus Cretagenes, who according to Ancient Greek Mythology was brought up in the cave of Ideon Andron, worship center and sanctum during the Minoan and Roman times. Today, Psiloritis Race links the myth with contemporary history as the runners... Read more
Cretan Dairy Products Crete leads the word in cheese consumption. Cretans love cheese rather than milk. Many dishes of the traditional Cretan cuisine are based on local dairy products; however, in Crete cheese is eaten alone throughout the day either as accompaniment or as appetizer, main meze or desert, while the Cretan graviera topped with honey is everyone’s favourite breakfast or supper. Traditional... Read more
The nice sandy beach northern to the small port of Elounda is situated at a distance of 11 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the North, and 70 -77 kilometers eastern to the International Airport of Heraklion, via the New or the Old National road respectively. Protected by the Spinalonga peninsula, the beach is not affected by the winds. Fully organised, the beach offers a wide range of accommodation,... Read more
Voulisma is the second of the three bays in the beautiful village Istron, about 12km east of Agios Nikolaos and 22km north of Ierapetra. The Voulisma Beach or Golden Sands is located approximately 500m from the village (east). Its length is about 700m and is the largest municipal beach of Kalo Chorio.Voulisma is a very well-organized beach, with rare beauty for a beach located in the Northern part... Read more
Situated 3 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East, the beach of Missiria is a beautiful long sandy beach, affected by the "meltemia"(northern summer winds). It is rather well organised with accommodation facilities, taverns and cafes. Some facilities for swimming and sunbathing (sunbeds, umbrellas) are also available. It is easily accessible on foot or by public bus and taxi from Rethymnon, as well... Read more
Episkopi beach is located approximately 12 km to the west from Rethymno city and 2 km the south from the of Episkopi settlement in Rethymno prefecture. The Mousela River is the west border of Episkopi beach and the east border is a river that flows through the Petre gorge, next to the bridge of martens. Episkopi is a big sandy beach with shallow waters, affected by “meltemia” (northwestern daily... Read more