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Mainland Crete: The soul of the island

Mainland Crete: The soul of the island

Mountain villages, customs, people, traditions: leaving the busy coastline behind, the mainland Crete reveals you the most authentic aspects of the genuine Cretan temperament.

Crete is not just coast. The “real” Crete, as locals say, starts from the mainland, from the mountains and the mountain villages, where the tradition and the culture of the island were forged.

Guided by the peaks of the White Mountains and Psiloritis, you enter mainland Crete. Stio at the olive groves of Skinee, Omalos, and then continue to the east, in Vamos, before you reach the wild Sfakia and the ruined Aradaina. Also go to Psiloritis, the villages of Mylopotamos, the famous Anogia and Amari valley.

At the mainland Heraklion, you will pass from Archanes, you will see endless vineyards, monasteries, historic villages and you will go on until you see the Libyan and Kapetaniana. Reaching Oropedio, the old capital of Neapoli and the inland Lasithi settlements, you realize that two or three lives are not enough to explore the inside part of Crete. But everything starts from somewhere.

A flowery alleyway at Kato Kera, Heraklion

Aradaina, Sfakia: Past memories

Theriso, Chania

Vamos, Apokoronas: An agrotourism example

Anogeia: Psiloritis melody

Amari: Human and nature symphony

Maroulas, Rethymno: A Medieval legacy

Avdou, Chersonisos: A stop in time

Kapetaniana, Asterousia: The eagle's nest of Kofinas

Archanes: Exemplary regeneration

Neapoli, Mirabello

Kritsa, Agios Nikolaos: The definition of quaintness

Pezoulas, Perivolakia: At the colour of the earth


Text: Giannis Mantas, Elektra Fatourou
Photos: Iraklis Milas, Giorgos Patroudakis, Panagiotis Sarris

From: Anthi Sasmatzoglou