Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

One of my most fascinating days in Crete was when my family and I toured Rethymnon with a local guide. We walked through the city (and out of the city) on the Rethymnon Conquered and Bygone Crete Adventure tours, learning the region’s history and secrets, and hearing incredible stories about...

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Things to do in: Rethymnon

Things to do in: Rethymnon

If you’re looking for a laidback destination with fantastic food, warm and friendly locals, Instagram-worthy architecture and one of the best preserved medieval towns in Greece, then get yourself to beautiful Rethymnon, the third-largest town on Crete. And once you’re ready go, our local Crete tour guides know all the...

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The tastiest gyro in Crete is a 50-year-old secret

The tastiest gyro in Crete is a 50-year-old secret

How long can you keep a delicious recipe a secret, when there’s a steady stream of people begging to expose you? For Nikos and Giorgos Solidakis, at least 50 years — and still keeping silent. The Solidakis brothers opened their Oasis souvlaki (or gyro) shop in the heart of Chania...

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3 Cretan Carnivals… and how to enjoy them like a local

3 Cretan Carnivals… and how to enjoy them like a local

The island of Crete may be best known for its summer sunshine and lively beaches, but there’s one very good reason to come in the off-season: the festival of Apokries, or Greek Carnival. Dionysus was the ancient god of wine, fun and fertility, and Dionysian festivals took place at the...

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Things to do in: Heraklion, Crete

Things to do in: Heraklion, Crete

The main port of the island of Crete, Heraklion is a city that many travellers pass through quickly, either to visit the Palace of Knossos just outside the city, or to head to the beach resorts along the northern coast. But the city itself is worth exploring, and despite the...

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This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

A few minutes away from the Old Harbour of Chania, close to the beautiful port of Souda, there’s a unique place that was created with one simple purpose: to show visitors to Crete some of the most authentic crafts of the region. This place is the Verekinthos Arts and Crafts...

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A Cretan olive oil producer’s tips for buying the good stuff

A Cretan olive oil producer’s tips for buying the good stuff

Not far away from the old town of Chania, hidden in the western mountains of Crete, there is an endless extension of lush olive grooves, surrounded by the scenes of the Cretan Sea. It’s a Protected Denomination of Origin Area, called Kolymbari. Here, the weather conditions give origin to a...

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What to eat on Crete besides meat: Why the island is a vegetarian’s paradise

What to eat on Crete besides meat: Why the island is a vegetarian’s paradise

It’s been news for years now: the scientific community has declared the Cretan diet as the basis of what is more commonly known now as the “Mediterranean diet” — the healthiest diet in the world. In their research, nutritionists and other professionals analysed the reasons for the longevity of Cretans,...

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Things to do in: Chania, Crete

Things to do in: Chania, Crete

One of the most charming cities on Crete, Chania is the destination of your dreams — if your dreams include narrow cobbled streets, flower-filled balconies, late nights of music along the waterfront, rounds of delicious seafood and heaps of history. There’s a reason that most people who come to Crete...

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Why you should visit Rethymnon

Why you should visit Rethymnon

Cobbled streets, colourful neoclassical houses with balconies overflowing with flowers, shady squares, and a maze of small narrow laneways are what you get when you visit Rethymnon, the third largest town on Crete. If that weren’t enough, the city’s scenic Venetian Old Port and the imposing Fortezza make it easy...

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