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New Exhibition at Argonaftis Art Gallery at St Nicolas Bay Hotel

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition at Argonaftis Art Gallery in our St. Nicolas Bay Hotel tomorrow, July 1st.

A great deal of young, talented Greek artists present their new entries of paintings and sculptures. 

The work will be on view until the end of summer, so you have plenty of time to visit!

A worth visit.

Knossos, the Capital of Minoan Civilization Still Has More Treasures to Reveal

The newest discoveries on Crete at the site of the ancient city of Knossos suggest that the capital of the Minoan Civilization was much more influential and larger than previously thought.

Archeologists already knew that Knossos was Europe’s oldest city and ruled over the massive trade empire during the Bronze age, however, new evidence suggests that the Minoans may have actually survived into the Iron Age.

Previously thought to have perished around 1200 B.C. after the volcanic...

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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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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I Know A Place Where There Are A Lot Of Old Things - The Minoans Of Crete

I know a place where there are a lot of old things,” a peasant named George Perakis told the schoolmaster of the small village of Vasiliki, on the island of Crete, in the spring of 1901. Aware of a visiting American archaeologist’s anxious search to find a site of her own to excavate, the schoolmaster arranged for Perakis and his brother Nicholas to take Harriet Boyd and her colleague Blanche Wheeler to Gournia, four miles northwest of the village. Over several hours on May 19 Boyd...

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Ceramic Workshops In Pottery Village Of Margarites Crete

Of course we know that you are dreaming about summertime and everything is about sea and sun and beach.

But in case that you feel the need for a short runaway to the mountains with good company, perfect food, afternoon walks and generally slow life and of course if you would love to have this special touch with clay – here we go: private clay seminars in one of the best studios in Margarites Village, that stands out of the crowd, with two passionate ceramic arts and lovely owners...

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August Full Moon & Heraklion’s Venetian Fortress Reopens to the Sound of Music

With an August full moon from above to the tune of music from within, the famed Koules Fortress in the town of Heraklion, Crete, reopens its doors tonight after six years of restoration works.

Located at the entrance of Heraklion’s old port and completed in 1540, the “Castello a Mare” has since 2010 undergone extensive upgrading works both to its structural elements as well as to its public services infrastructure.

Showrooms and information sites have been added as well as...

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We Love Our Guests

Many thanks Glenn, greatly appreciated.

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"Yiannis, Hedda asked me to reply. We very much enjoyed our tour and, in particular, we thought George was an excellent tour guide. Our entire family found George’s tour of both the palace and the museum fascinating. George is extremely knowledgeable and answers questions very well. We would very highly recommend him. He is also a very nice person. We were behind schedule that day and arrived late at Knossos, but George waited for...

Music Nights At Manousakis Winery - Vatolakos Chania Crete

Join Manousakis Winery for the opening of its summer art exhibition entitled TRANSFORMATIONS featuring works by New York artist, Barbara Knight on July 3rd, 19.30 - 22.30.

Barbara up-cycles the banal function of cardboard that is shipped around the world by transforming it into a metaphysical experience of art.

Visit this fascinating exhibit and then make sure to stick around with more summer music nights!

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Margarita Cox and world-renowned...

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Good News About Knossos Minoan Palace

The Acropolis and the site of Knossos on Crete will be the costliest to get into after the Greek culture ministry announced admission fee hikes this week.

Visiting the Acropolis now costs 20 euros, up from 12 euros, and seeing the world-famous site of Knossos now comes to 15 euros, up from 6 euros. The ministry has also launched 17 single tickets covering visits to several sites across Greece.

At the same time, the government’s plans to extend visiting hours and offer an e-ticket...