The Nature Of Horta, Or Greek Greens

In this blog Dr David Shimwell (known to us all with great affection as Chunky), botanist, campaigner on environmental conservation and former lecturer at the University of Manchester, turns his attention to the subject of horta.

Peter Hylands says this is a subject that touches on my own childhood in the European Alps where we did indeed collect the local greens and my enduring passion about the conservation work of Gerald Durrell, now continued by Lee Durrell, and Gerry’s...

Hotel Porto Loutro - Special Rates For Walkers & Flower Lovers in April 2017

Hotel Porto Loutro are offering special rates for walers and flower lovers in April 2017.
Double Room on 50.00 Euros with Breakfast.

Not to be missed!

Porto Loutro on the beach welcomes its valued guests every year on the 1st of April.

So, Alison, the owner, has been decided that from the 1st 30th April, she will do a special rate for you adventurous people who like to walk and see the spring flowers for 50 euro (normally 75€) per room per night, with breakfast except for the 3...

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15 Wonderful Things To Do In Chania Crete This Summer

By Aliki Panagakou 

I have been living in Chania, Crete for the past six years, though originally from Athens, and I'm guilty as charged: I love it here!

As I stroll around the town of Chania, I admire its remarkable architecture -a magnificent lighthouse in the port, churches and houses in the Old Town, all reminding me of the city's multicultural identity; in fact, I often feel I have entered a time capsule, which takes me back to ancient times, through the Byzantine era and...

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Hand-Picked Selection Of Authentic & Unique Tours & Activities

Make the most of your visit to Crete with our hand-picked selection of authentic and unique tours and activities.

Explore the great Minoan civilization, visit archeological sites, enjoy and taste the incredible flavours of the Cretan cuisine, discover the unique Cretan nature, hike through wild mountains and escape to secluded sandy beaches with azzure waters.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Explore all our favorite activities, here!

Calls for Minoan Civilization, Spinalonga to be Named UNESCO World Heritage Sites

On occasion of an UNESCO Committee Convention held in Heraklion, Crete, last weekend, Crete Region Prefect Stavros Arnaoutakis and Heraklion Mayor Vassilis Labrinos called for the inclusion of Minoan Civilization and Spinalonga island on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

Delegates from 18 countries gathered on Crete last weekend to discuss the inclusion of Minoan Civilization and the islet of Spinalonga – once a leper colony – on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list.


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Geoparks In Greece, Protect Our Resources

Tourism development means protecting natural resources by ensuring that local populations gain appreciation of and benefit from their geological heritage.

In the words of Global Geoparks Network President Nickolas Zouros, it is vital to raise awareness among local communities and administrations concerning the need to protect territories of particular geological interest and at the same time develop tourism products and services around them.

There are currently five geoparks in...

The White Houses Of Crete & Pefki Gorge

If you're staying at the White Houses of Crete at Makrigialos Village then be sure to visit the Pefki Gorge.

If you enjoy putting on your walking boots and setting off for a day of fresh air and wonderful scenery then you can't do better than walk the Pefki Gorge that's here in south-east Crete.

Keen walkers visit the Pefki Gorge all year round, but if you're here early in the season then you're in for a special treat as the gorge is at its prettiest in March, April and May, when...

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Memories Of A Cretan Greek Easter By A Good Friend

A few days after Easter here in Crete, we are so glad to host and present one great blog post of one or our good friends, the travel writer and photographer Francesca Muir.

Good reading ...

My first Greek Easter in Agios Nikolaos, Eastern Crete was a long time ago – some 25 years ago in fact and I’ve been lucky to have experienced many since. And I have to say not much has changed. Thank goodness!

I first had an inkling that something big was going to happen was when I was...

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One Of The Most Beautiful Winter Flowers Of Crete, Narcissus Tazetta

One of the most beautiful winter flowers of Crete, Narcissus tazetta, or paperwhite narcissus, is found all over the island from November through to February.

Often forming large drifts, the strong scent of this lovely narcissus can be carried on the breeze.

Unfortunately, the attractive blooms, with their sweet aroma, makes this bulb an ideal cut flower for brightening winter homes and huge bunches of picked blossoms can be seen in weekly markets.

The name of Narcissus tazzeta...

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Food, History, Pots and People & Minoan In Lovely Crete

Food, History, Pots and People
How Minoan Tastes has become more than just a history project…

Interview by Politismos Museum of Greek History, featured in the January 2017 issue of Politismos e-Magazine

In 2016, Politismos Museum featured three exhibits (with still one series to come in 2017!). Minoan Tastes, founded by Jerolyn E. Morrison, curated the exhibits and is a social enterprise that promotes the culinary history of ancient Crete by working with a network of food...