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Crete: A priceless gift of culture and history

On Crete, you’ll find some of the most significant attractions in Greece: famous archaeological sites such as the Minoan palaces of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Kato Zakros. You’ll also visit important monasteries, some built in the 15th century or even earlier, including Preveli monastery in southern Rethymno, the monasteries in southern Heraklion and the historic Arkadi and Toplous monasteries.

You’ll be transported to another time wandering around the castles of the region erected by Venetians and Byzantines. More of the island’s riches are displayed in its many museums. Impressive also are the Cretaquarium, the Museum of Natural History and the Historical Museum of Crete. – from discovergreece.com

To learn about the history of Crete visit:

https://www.incrediblecrete.gr/history-crete/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2017/09-10/Minoan_Crete/

Home of the Mediterranean Diet

Here you’ll eat to your heart’s content, whether enjoying gourmet gastronomy, or simply a homemade rusk salad with sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, raw artichokes and cheese. Discover the secrets of a Cretan diet – the best example of the Mediterranean diet, long been considered, internationally, as the healthiest. – from discovergreece.com

Read more about the Cretan Diet:

http://www.greece-is.com/what-is-the-cretan-diet/

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10083071

https://www.olivetomato.com/mediterranean-diet-month-is-the-cretan-diet-the-real-mediterranean-diet/

The Importance of Olive Oil

Olive oil is, of course, most often simply eaten as part of a healthy diet, especially by Greeks, who consume more olive oil per person than any other nation in the world. They consume it raw, best preserving its flavor and nutrients, by dipping bread in it or pouring it over salads, eggs, fish, boiled or grilled vegetables, and many other dishes. (Diamantis Pierrakos of the olive oil company Laconiko suggests it be “drizzled on everything.”) A superior EVOO adds so much flavor that nothing else is required, but it can also be used in dressings, marinades and sauces. Extra virgin olive oil can even add a striking twist to chocolate mousse, ice cream, and cocktails! – from www.greece-is.com

To read more about olive oil in Greece click below:

http://www.greece-is.com/madeingreece/welcome-to-the-evoo-lution-greek-olive-oils-add-science-to-tradition/

What to Do and See while on Crete

  • Visit ancient historic sites such as Knossos Palace and delve into Crete’s fascinating history
  • Experience outdoor adventures such as hiking and off roading
  • Slip into the sea:  kayaking, boating, snorkeling, scuba and swimming
  • Gastronomy: cooking classes, visits to olive groves and wineries, learn all about the Cretan diet
  • Bask on the numerous beautiful beaches
  • Explore charming towns and villages: Elounda, Agios Nidolaos, Plaka to name a few
  • Take a day trip ferry ride to Santorini
  • Relax and enjoy the sea, pool and resort spa