On the island of Crete, apaki (cured pork), a unique Cretan delicacy, is produced by butchers and many well-known processed meat factories, such as Lambrakis, Markakis and Antonakis. Out of those significant local producers, I chose to meet Michalis Vavourakis, a mechanical engineer from Rethymno. Driven by his love for nature and this faith on organic farming and livestock, Michalis Vavourakis, a man that has adopted a philosophical approach to life, decided to dedicate himself to organic pig raising in his own Vavourakis Farm.
Located on a hilltop in the village of Koksare, in the municipality of Rethymno, Vavourakis Farm stretches over an expanse of 170 square meters. In an unspoiled natural landscape, 20 sows and a population of 200 pigs are raised and bred naturally without the use of hormones or medicaments, fed exclusively with the farm’s crops, grains and roots, wild herbs, thyme and certified cereals.
Rethymno’s Carnival 2018 has just begun, calling everyone to "Be your Best Self"!! On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, the Carnival events of 2018 have officially started with a magnificent ceremony, followed by an unforgettable party at the Unknown Soldier Square, with thousands of people from all over Crete and other places around the world. All Carnival participants, as well as the Rethymnians... Read more
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
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
The Adele beach is located in a homonym valley in Rethymno prefecture, approximately 8 km from Rethymno city. In front of the Adele valley there is a huge sanded beach of Adele extending to the Skaleta region. The Adele beach is shallow, but usually wavy enough, like all the northern beaches of Crete. Sea turtles lay their eggs on this beach; there are some points where you can see ropes and signs... Read more
Plakias beach is located in homonym settlement almost 40 km to the south of Rethymno in Rethymno prefecture.Plakias beach, 1,3 km in length, ends in a tall, smooth, limestone cliff on its east side. The nudists are hiding beneath this cliff during the summer season. Sandy and very well organized, Plakias beach is among the most famous beaches of the prefecture. In the immediate vicinity of the Plakias... Read more