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Archaeological Site of Aptera

Written sources and excavations so far show that the city’s greatest prosperity was during the Hellenistic times (end of the 4th – 3rd centuries BC) when it began to cut its own coins becoming economically and politically stronger. One side of the coin depicted the goddess Artemis and the other the king of Aptera, Apollo […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 12)

Route 12: The shepherds’ path Asi Gonia – Hainospilios – Havidi Poros – Timios Stavros Total length: 8.4 km, estimated time 3h 25΄ Route 12 connects Asi Gonia with sites of particular natural beauty and historical value, crossing through a protected area of the European Ecological Network Natura 2000, where 19 habitat types can be found, […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 11)

Route 11:  On the hills Asi – Potistiria – Dafnomadara – Kato Agori – Asfendilides Total length of route: 9 km, estimated time 4h 15΄ Route 11 connects the picturesque and historic village of Asi Gonia with the highest and wildest side of Dafnomadara, part of Mount Omanite (altitude 1,184 meters) at the east end of […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 10)

Route 10:  Dafnomadara and Azilakas Forest Kournas – Agios Ioannis – Patima – Kastellos – Azilakas Forest (Koumares) Total length: 7.6 km, estimated time 3h 55΄ Route 10 is one of the most beautiful nature-loving routes of Apokoronas, which combines the lush Forest of Azilakas with the peaks of Dafnomadara (part of the mighty Lefka […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 9)

Route 9:  The lake tour Lake Kournas (Μouri / Kavallos) – Delfinas bridge – Klima – Mati spring Total length: 7.8 km, estimated time 4h 30΄ Lake Kournas is one of the most popular points of interest in Crete, and consequently one that could not be left out of the network of trails of Apokoronas. […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 8)

Route 8: Contrasting landscapes Georgioupolis – Argyromouri – Agios Dimitrios (Katouna) – Sellia – Kefalas – Roupakias Forest – Likotinara – Agia Kyriaki – Georgioupolis Total length: 15.6 km, estimated time 7h 05΄ Part A: 7.7 km, estimated time 3h 40΄ Georgioupolis – Argyromouri – Agios Dimitrios (Katouna) – Sellia – Kefalas Route 8 starts from Georgioupolis, a […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 7)

Route 7: The enchanted forest Total length 2.7 km, estimated time 1h 50΄ Xirosterni – Roupakias Forest – Souri – Sellia Route starts from Xirosterni, a picturesque village in the hinterland of Apokoronas that serves as a connection point with Route 6 (described in the previous two notifications) and ends at Sellia, which serves as a […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 6)

Route 6:  At the outskirts of the historic capital of Apokoronas Total length 12 km, estimated time 4h 40΄ Vamos – Douliana – Gavalochori – Xirosterni – Litsarda – Vamos Part A: 5.5 km, estimated time 2h 10΄ Vamos – Douliana – Gavalochori The area of central Apokoronas is known for its emphasis on alternative forms of […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 5)

Route 5:  All of Apokoronas in one journey Total length of Route 5: 17.4 km, estimated time 7h 30′ Vrisses – Elliniki Kamara – Maza – Alikambos – Embrosneros – Vafes – Vrisses Part A: 5.7, estimated time 2h 30′ Vrisses – Elliniki Kamara – Maza This is the longest route of the network of paths of […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 4)

Route 4:  The cypress villages Vafes – Tzitzifes – Fres – Nipos – Limnopigado – Vafes Total length: 11 km (the main route), estimated time 4h 45΄ Part A:  5 km, estimated time 2h 10΄ Vafes – Tzitzifes – Fres Route 4 connects some of the most picturesque villages of the foothills of the White […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 3)

Route 3:  Stone shepherd huts in the White Mountains Frama – Profitis Ilias of Melidoni – Agio Pnevma of Pemonia – Agio Pnevma Fre – Frama Total length: 10.6 km (the main route, 12.2 km with branches), estimated time 4h 50΄ This route is circular (it starts and ends at the same place) and does […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 2)

Route 2:  Α journey through History Stylos – Kilindra – Monumental olive tree of Samonas – Chiliomoudou – Kyriakosellia (fort) – Agios Nikolaos church – Provarma – Stylos Total length of route 2: 8.7 km, estimated time 4h 50΄ Part A:  5.6 km, estimated time 2h 35΄ Stylos – Kilindra – Monumental olive tree of Samonas […]

Paths of Apokoronas (Route 1)

Route 1 : Aptera, between water and air Kalami – Itzedin Fortress – Kyani Akti – Vlychada Springs – Platanakia – Kalogeri watermill- Stylos – Panagia Zerviotissa – Minoan tomb of Azogyre – Aptera – Subashi Tower Total  length 12.8 km, estimated time 4h 15΄   Part A:  Length 7.5 km, estimated time 2h 25΄ Kalami – Itzedin Fortress […]

Incredible Crete.

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Health First / Covid-19

Stay safe. Better days will come again soon, for all of us. FAQ, regarding covid-19 A useful and detailed guide from the University of Crete.  Click here to open pdf Information leaflet for accommodation guests on the compliance with the health protocol taking measures against the coronavirus covid-19   Click here to open pdf   What we are […]

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When is the best time of the year to visit Crete? Although each season has something different to offer, the best time of year to visit Crete is between May and October.  Due to its geographical location, Crete enjoys 300 days of sunshine, making it a popular destination all year round. Here is everything you […]

The culture of olive oil of Crete

Olive oil of Crete   Olive oil is the single most important element of the world-famous for its values Cretan Cuisine. Abundant in monounsaturated fats, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, this is an all-natural vegetable fat of exceptionally high nutritional value. Its beneficial attributes were widely and well-known since ancient times and are confirmed at a […]

Viticulture at minoan Crete

Crete is synonymous with viticulture and vice versa. The origins of their intertwined histories are lost in the mists of time… Homer was the first to sing the island’s beauties: “There is a land called Crete in the midst of the wine-dark sea”. The roots of wine in Cretan culture go back even further, even […]

Organic wine

What is Organic Wine? Organic wine is a trend that has emerged worldwide and in Greece in the past few years. More than a trend, it’s a requirement for lovers of quality in flavor. How many of us really know what ‘‘Organic Wine’’ is? Until the 1950s, all viticulture was organic, since the use of […]

Cretan diet

“Our diet is our medicine”     Hippocrates, the father of medicine (460 – 377 BC) Starting with this decree, the Cretan Diet remains alive and presents itself as a health and longevity institution not only for the Cretans but for the world. The characteristics of the Cretan diet we wanted to sketch a rough […]

Alkyone days

  What are the “Alkyone Days”? Alkyonides days are called those days of January, which have good weather and sunshine. It is an ancient Greek name, which comes from Aristotle. Meteorologically it is explained by the equalization of barometric pressures between southern and northern Europe, while mythologically there are very beautiful stories about this phenomenon. […]