In West Crete:
+ Visit the Monastery Agia Triada
The Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is probably the most impressive monastic complex of the final period of Venetian rule on Crete, due to both its scale and architectural form. The organic-olive oil of the Monastery Agia Triada has won many awards, there is a small Monastery Shop where you can buy this delicious organic olive-oil. The olive-oil of Agia Triada meets our standards from our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com
you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online shop.
+ The Monastery Arkadi
The Monastery were built up in 1587 during the Venetion occupation on Crete. Arkadi was designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument.
+ The nature reserve Balos Lagoon
in western Crete
+ The nature reserves the table Omalos Tableland
in western Crete
and the Xyloskalo - Panorama-Restaurant with panorama view to the Samaria Gorge till the end of May the mountains are snow covered here, therefore this mountain range is called the "White Mountains". After a good dinner in the rustic restaurant at the fireside you taste the traditional delicious speciality of this region "Sfakiani Pita" and enjoy the organic tea of this region “malotira & dictamus”. These teas meet our standards from our online shop greekmarketsquare.com
you can purchase this organic teas in our online shop.
+Visit a traditional family run olive-press BIOLEA and one of the oldest Orthodox Church Archangel Michael
Orthodox Church Archangel Michael. The mural painting is well preserved. The Church Archangel Michael is an example of great icon painting craftsmanship and it is associated with the 2nd Byzantine period. This church was excellent restored, the traditional mural painting was revived. Follow the lanes towards south in direction to the village Astrikas and the sign "BIOLEA". The family run olive-press produce one of the best organic olive oil of Crete. This olive-oil meets all standards of our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com
you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online schop.
+ Visit the vibrant city of Chania.
Chania for many, the most beautiful town in Crete The town is simply unique and alive. Chania is the second largest City of Crete. Large parts of the old town are closed to traffic; the bulk of the Venetian mansions restored or converted into hotels.
+ Immerse yourself in traditional Crete Culture and mucis in Rethymnon.
The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influenced by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle.
In East Crete:
+Visit the archaelogical Museum
+ visit the Monastery Panagia Kera
and the mountain village Kritsa. you should plan a stop in Kritsa and a visit to the Panagia Kera church. The well-known village is very well maintained with many small shops, Here you will find fancy souvenirs and cozy taverns.
+ the archaological site Knossos
in East Crete
+ the archaological site Gortys and Gortys
and and Phaistos
+ explore the vibrant capital Heraklion
The city of Heraklion Heraklion is the capital of Crete and has approx. 200,000 inhabitants, business and administrative center of the island, cultural and historical highlight, chaos and lively activity.
Winter on Crete - our 10 days- self drive tour for the winter-time with 5 days stay in a country-house and 5 days in a city-hotel in Heraklion. Our winter self drive tour "Elia" is a combination trip with country-living and city experience. Living in a small manor house with holiday homes in western Crete. The fireplace for beautiful winter moments is waiting for you. You experience the olive harvest having the option taking part of it. During your stay in the city you will experience the capital Heraklion, visiting one of the most important museums in Europe and the most important excavations Knossos, Faistos and the Palace of Malia and explore the nature reserves in western Crete.