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...and also in more than 100 points throughout Chania Prefecture!


Fire destroyed the building of the former War Museum of Chania A big fire destroyed the the Italian architect Makou-

and all exhibitions have been moved in Athens. In the fire of the 22nd of July, the building was completely destroyed, with no exhibits in place after being moved after an earthquake that had caused static problems in the building.

Tourist arrivals up 20.4 pct in 5 months Tourist arrivals in Greece hotels increased by more than

rose 20.4 percent in the first 10 percent. five months of the year, sur- “Tourism is a force in every napassing 4.5 million arriv- tional economy, creating jobs als, Tourism Minister Elena and leading to development Kountoura said in an inter- in other sectors as well, such view with radio station “Sto as trade, restaurants and transport,” Kountoura noted. Kokkino”. She also said that the profits of Kountoura also referred to the increase in arrivals and income

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in less popular destinations. As she said, there was an increase of 150 percent in Western Greece, 58 percent in Epirus, 91 percent in east Macedonia-Thrace and 47 percent in Thessaly. “Over the past three years, we have managed to support destinations that did not pre-

viously have a tourist-destination profile,” she concluded. Commenting on the latest tension in Greek-Russian relations and how it will affect arrivals of Russian tourists, she said that geopolitical turbulence does not help tourism. “We seek stability and good bilateral relations,” she noted.

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It was founded on July 1995. The museum used to exhibit photographs, war artifacts and other items from the national wars and revolutions of the Greek History. It was housed in a building, built in 1870 and designed by

zo, which in the past has been used as barracks by the Italian Army during World War II. On 7 Oct 2015 it was closed up

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building of the former War Museum of Chania, housed in the Italian Barracks, at the center of Chania.


The Yesterdays of Crete (part 11)

The End... by Hobson Tarrant the best known being the SaAround the time of the oranges, lemons, figs, peaches, filmed.

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1960’s, the mainland of Greece still had in place the military government of the Junta who retained control with the active support of the United States as a Cold War ally because of the countries geographical importance. The Junta was a hard military based style of government who abused the human rights of its citizens to such a degree that the Scandinavian countries took the issues to the European courts. n o But meanwhile back on k r s clic re new cretepost.g o m r / Crete... fo http:/ Crete as an island separated from the mainland of Greece had been subject to a diluted version of the Junta’s power and influence, and by the 1960’s was slowly starting to find its own feet again after the devastation of the Nazi Occupation . Part of the charm of Crete along with many other Greek islands was its ability to remain, to some extent removed from the dictates of the mainland politics and authoritarian ways. Although the island was technically bound by the same set of rules, the geographical separation of the Mediterranean Sea meant the application of such harsh political dictates could become somewhat softened and balanced by local officials methods and Cretan citizens needs. Also by the 1960’s, Crete in a new, post war world of tourism, was becoming known as an island of particular character and natural beauty. It was a land abundant with hidden caves and coves, undeveloped beaches, mountains and gorges, and all bathed in the abundant and glorious summer sunshine. The island was also rich in its flora and fauna, plump olives for the table or for creating one of the islands prime crops of Virgin Olive oil. Grapes on the vines to produce all manner of local wines, fruits on the trees,

apricots, apples, and the world famous Cretan cheeses and yoghurts from the local goats and sheep, plus tomatoes, cucumbers and much more. But possibly one of the most attractive of all features of the island was the welcoming and giving nature of its people. Despite the not so distant realities of starvation and fear under the Nazi rule, the natural character of the island’s wonderful people shone through to make every new face and traveller feel a warmth of genuine welcome. It was these characteristics in

In fact the same small Kafeinon bar remained open in the centre of the old village until barely a few years ago, complete with original owner and photographs.

the sixties that attracted the youth from the western world to form ‘Hippy Colonies’ in the caves of Matala (75km south west of Heraklion). It was there that the world famous singer songwriter ‘Joni Mitchell’ was inspired to write the song ‘Carey’ which reflected her life and loves from her time on Crete. The beautiful beaches, free loving Hippies, and the truly scenic beauties of Crete also started to attract the ever growing industry of modern film making to the island. Using the stunning natural settings around Kokkino Chorio in Apokoronas such films as ‘Zorba The Greek’ starring Antony Quinn and Alan Bates were

Heraklion, on the north coast, which has a population of around 600,000 people. Crete is principally based upon dominant mountains that rise from the sea. The mountainous range consists of four main groups that run approximately east to west and rise to a highest point at Mount Idi which reaches 8,058 feet at its peak. To the west the Lefká, ‘White Mountains’ reach 8,045 feet and to the east the Díkti Mountains reach an elevation of 7,047 feet. These mountains tower above the high upland plains of Nída, Omalós, and Lasíthi and are scarred by numerous gorges,

The Crete of Today... Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean and the biggest island of modern Greece. Its shape is long and narrow, 160 miles from east to west and with a varying north south width from between 7.5 to 37 miles. The administrative centre is in

mariá Gorge. The northern coast slopes gradually to the sea and provides numerous natural harbours and coastal plains, these are principally where the major and most historical towns of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion are located. There is also a south central flatland called ‘The Mesara Plain’ which extends for approximately 18 miles and is Crete’s major expanse of traditionally cultivatable land. The beaches vary from white to pink sand or pebble, which dot the coastline in all directions.

Crete has six small rivers and numerous natural springs, seasonal watercourses and ponds. It also has one freshwater lake at Kournas with excellent eating Tavernas and amenities close to the coast between Chania and Rethymno, plus several artificial lakes and new reservoirs dotted around the island. The End. The Yesterdays of Crete is now available in paperback form from Amazon or in ebook format from Kindle. Also shortly to be published is “The Yesterdays of King Henry VIII ( Henry Tudor).”


Daily Star Ooh Ahh Malia! Brits flocking to resort for outrageous party season Pics on Instagram show lads into hip hop, grime, house, as part of Party Hard Travel’s to have blocked 10,000 UK vis-

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and lasses enjoying raucous parties in nightclubs in the Crete town. The Greek resort was named the top destination for the best events in Europe, according to Mia Harper of booking company Party Hard Travel. In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, she revealed just why Brits flock to the party isle. Malia holds the crown for some of the best events in Europe like the Malia Booze Cruise, Malia Live at Candy Club and Go Deep at Apollo. And music is huge in the town with top artists Nathan Dawe, Preditah and Tiffany Calver all performing next month in August. Mia added: “Whether you’re

dance or urban music, you’ll hear the tunes of your summer in Malia. “Go Deep at Apollo is all about the urban, for international artists it’s Malia Live at Candy Club, and I Love House at Zig Zag is for your house and dance. “The top names will all be raising the roof in Malia this summer.” Though it isn’t all about the parties.Mia pointed out the stunning scenery and breathtaking heritage of the area. She added: “No, we don’t mean Blackpool but Malia’s very own Pleasure Beach. “Here you can laze by the pool, chill at the beach bar or go to the beach gym all in anticipation of the truly epic Paint Glow Party – included for free

Ultimate Events Package.“And the Palace of Malia is the remains of an ancient city, about a 40 minute walk from central Malia. “Make a day of it and visit the nearby Tropical Beach, a quieter beach than what you’ll be used to in resort.” Brits boozing and partying in Malia isn’t without controversy. There was a drive last year by locals and authorities in the area to put a stop to the summer hijinks. Though this didn’t stop lads and lasses flocking to the resort.A huge 95% of the town’s hotels agreed to ban Brits who have signed up for the infamous 18-30 package holiday deal. The move, which was reported

itors, includes scrapping pub crawls, and refusing bookings that exceed three rooms. Malia authorities are aiming to turn the area into a family-friendly holiday destination. Deputy mayor Efthymios Moutrakis said last summer: “Malia isn’t about sex, drugs and everything goes. “It’s the prime tourist destination in Crete, bringing in millions of euros to the island. ”Though last year Party Hard Travel’s Nathan denied this was affecting party tourism and questioned whether 10,000 UK visitors had been blocked – branding the number as “wildly exaggerated”. He said Brit bookings had in fact increased a huge 400% in 2017 compared with the previous year.

footage shows us that the victims tried to run to safety without knowing which way to go. It is likely that over the next few days we will learn of their frantic efforts to communicate with rescuers and find a path to safety before they died. The response to a wildfire needs to be comprehensive, not limited to the firefighting effort. Right now in Greece, the civil protection authorities are focused on this latter aspect only, paying less attention to the protection of the population. Similar incidents in Greece and abroad have shown clearly that evacuations, whether in a city or the countryside, need to be carried out before the flames approach inhabited areas. Mobilizing volunteer firefighters and Red Cross medics in a timely manner is equally important.

Greece has only a handful of areas that have carried out civil protection drills. It has no maps of its high-risk areas and possible escape routes, nor any kind of campaign for educating the public on the risks they face in their place of residence. Fire growth simulation modeling systems like the US Forest Service’s FARSITE, used for precise operational and tactical planning, are intended to be used to improve response times and coordination, not just for the pleasure of researchers. We tested the FARSITE system on a trial basis in 2014 when Greece hosted an exercise in wildfire management so as to improve coordination, decision making and the tactical deployment of water-dropping aircraft. As we saw from yesterday’s events, though, neither the Civil Protection Agency’s command center nor the municipal authorities in the area had knowledge of the possibilities offered by modern technology for planning the evacuation of densely populated woodland areas. There would have been fewer victims if a few simulations had been carried out in the area, because the authorities would have had a clearer picture of the challenges of an evacuation and would possibly have informed residents as well.

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C. Synolakis: Mistakes and oversights It may be too early to analyze the events that resulted in us mourning the deaths of more than 90 people in the eastern Attica wildfires, but it is essential if we are to reduce the risks of such a catastrophe happening again. Attica’s fires raged out of control, raising the question of whether the initial response was inadequate. The response time to any fire, whether in a city or a forest, is critical. As we stressed in an older study conducted with Georgios Karagiannis at the Technical University of Crete, understanding the situation, gauging the resources required and assessing the mobilization time are the biggest challenges in any disaster response. We also noted that delays in making crucial decisions are a common phenomenon. In this case, the announcement of a wildfire in a well-known highrisk area should have sounded the alarm for the instant deployment of more firefighting resources before the fire spread. The outcome of any firefighting effort is determined by the initial response. French firefighters like to say that you can put out a fire with a glass of water in the first minute, a bucket in the second and an entire water tank in the third. After that it’s a matter of luck. In other words, the civil protection authorities need to

predict the course of a fire and deploy the necessary resources on the basis of this assessment. If they wait for the wind to shift direction or for the fire to spin out of control, it’s already too late. The accelerated response that is needed in terms of resource deployment in such cases is also necessary when it comes to the evacuation of areas lying in harm’s way. The fire should not be allowed to reach people’s yards before they are ordered to abandon their homes. Authorities need to have evacuation plans that factor in available resources and traffic flow on the national and secondary road network. The media pointed to an absence of coordination and planning that resulted in a delay of more than an hour before the first firetrucks arrived in Kineta, western Attica. In the case of eastern Attica, the

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Traveling by Greek Ferry? Know Your Rights within In view of the summer sea- by the ferry operator. son, Greece’s consumer rights group EKPIZO urges passengers to be aware of their rights while traveling on ferries. According to the Consumers’ Association ‘The Quality of Life’, EKPIZO, the following rights apply to all passengers traveling on ferries within Greece.

Ticket cancelation If you cancel your ticket ahead of your trip, you are entitled to a refund of the ck on li c original amount, der s .g re new epost for mo ttp://cret pending on the time of h cancellation. Travelers are entitled to a full refund (including reservations and VAT) if travel is canceled

Modification You can modify your ticket (eg change date of travel/return) up to 48 hours ahead of scheduled departure, depending on date and seat availability. You are not entitled to a refund in case of fare difference. Trip Cancelation If the ferry operator is at fault for the cancelation, you are entitled to compensation or alternative refund options, in the case that you were not notified of the cancelation one week ahead of scheduled departure, or if you were not notified at least 12 hours before the scheduled departure time and offered the option of an alternative to your destination

12 hours of the can- Departure Delay In case of delayed departure celed trip. exceeding 90 minutes from the scheduled time due to the Due to Ferry Damage If your journey is canceled due ferry operator’s fault, you have to ship damage, you can: the right: if you are notified in due time to request a full refund of – travel to your destination by your ticket (both passenger alternative means within 24 and vehicle). receive free meals and stay hours, with all expenses covonboard until the ferry deered by the ferry operator. decide not to use your ticket parts. and be refunded for the ticket fare in full. For additional information or in neither of the above cas- queries, contact port authories, you are entitled to free ties at the point of travel: meals and overnight accom- • Piraeus: 14944 – 14541 – 210-4172675; modation (if required) inside the ship or at a hotel, or a re- • Rafina: 22940-28888; fund of your fare in double, if • Lavrio: 22920-26589, 22920-25249, or you are not transferred to your destination within 24 hours • EKPIZO on 210-3304444 or info@ekpizo.gr. due to operator’s fault.

Conde Nast Traveler: Greece among the 10 most beautiful countries in the world Prestigious and worldwide desirable destinations are Cro- islands offer exquisite panora- noted about all of the nations leading travel publication Condé Nast Traveller has presented the 10 most beautiful countries in the planet and it comes as no surprise that Greece has made it onto their exclusive list. Joining Greece as the most

atia, Norway, Costa Rica, Philippines, Tanzania, South Africa, Chile, Morocco and Malaysia. “You can hike past waterfalls and caves at this country’s national park. This country’s fjord is one of the most scenic places on Earth. This country’s 6,000+

mas. This country is home to more than 4 million wild animals while another country has more than 9,000 plant species and almost 300 species of mammals. The largest film studio in the world resides in this country,” Condé Nast Traveller

listed. “Each of Greece’s more than 6,000 islands and islets offer exquisite panoramas. Lay on the cliff-led beaches of Zakynthos or travel across the mountains of Epirus,” they commented specifically about Greece.

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Five Greek Islands Claim Most Beachfront Hotels in the Med. Crete is one of them Five Greek island destina- with 735 hotels on the water, percent of all seaside hotels in Search engine Travelmyth oftions out of 10 in the Mediterranean top the list of holiday locations with the most beachfront hotels, according to hotel search engine Travelmyth. Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Naxos and Zakynthos are the five Greek islands offering the widest selection for seafront accommodation. At the top of the list is Sicily

followed by Crete (677), Cyprus (309), Majorca (301), Sardinia (285), Corfu (255), Rhodes (227), Corsica (126), Naxos (125) and Zakynthos with 102. With regard to other Italy locations: Messina is at the top with 298 hotels facing the sea, followed by Ragusa (100), Palermo (79) and Syracuse (78). Meanwhile, according to Travelmyth, Crete accounts for 22.5

Greece, broken down by prefecture: 229 in Chania, 166 in Heraklion, 150 in Rethymno, and 132 in Lassithi. Naxos numbers the most seaside hotels in the Cyclades currently at 453 hotels, while two Ionian islands account for 487 beachfront hotels. Majorca accounts for 70 percent of the Balearic Islands’ 431 beachfront hotels.

fers specialized results in 77 categories – including dog friendly, infinity pool, monasteries and castles, adults-only, eco-friendly, skyscraper – for some for 1,714,762 hotels. Travelmyth began as a startup based in Greece and was first presented at a Travel Massive Athens event in 2014.

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Volotea: Flights to Santorini, Heraklion, Mykonos to Continue in Winter 2018 Volotea, the airline of mid- to Santorini with 96 percent period of 2017, achieving an city’s connectivity has

and small‐sized European seat load. cities, has announced that It is conducting daily serits flights to Santorini, Her- vices to Heraklion on Crete, aklion on Crete, and Myko- and Mykonos with 94 and 90 nos, as well as Venice in Italy, percent seat load respectivewill be operated all through ly. Furthermore, it is flying to the winter season with fre- Venice on Mondays, Wednesquencies between three and days and Fridays, with 95 percent seat load. four times a week. Volotea currently serves eight destinations from its new- Volotea carries 100,000 Pasly-established base in Athens sengers to Athens including the aforementioned The airline in May inaugurated islands and Venice, Bari, Ge- its base in Athens and accelernoa, Palermo and Verona in ated its operations in Greece. From January to June, Volotea Italy. Indicatively, in Greece, the air- carried 100,000 passengers to line is conducting daily flights the Greek capital, which is 3.5 times more than in the same

average 93 percent seat load. “Our base shows excellent results. We are pleased to see our development in operations thanks to our team of 30 people, a Boeing 717 and the full collaboration of Athens Airport representatives,” said Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea. Also referring to Volotea’s new base, Athens International Airport CEO Yiannis Paraschis said the airport’s passengers today enjoy a wide new range of quality travelling options in both the domestic and international sectors, while the

been enhanced. “We will continue to closely cooperate with our airline partner, aiming at its further expansion and development”, he said. Volotea has carried 18 million passengers since its first flight in 2012, and over 4.8 million in 2017 alone. In 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid- and smallsized European cities in 13 countries. The airline expects to carry between 5.7 and 6 million passengers in 2018.


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Record wind gust speeds helped rapid spread of Attica fires, scientist says Exceptional conditions data was that there were tru- did not measure this on the with the Athens

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with gusts of wind that ly high wind gust speeds. In reached record speeds of some of our stations, at the up to 120 km per hour were Isthmus, Kaparelli in Viotia, at least partly to blame for on Parnitha and Penteli, in the devastation inflicted Ano Liosia and in Neos Kosby the recent fires in Atti- mos these gusts were the ca, the head of the Nation- highest that have been real Observatory of Athens corded in eight years that and professor of astrono- we have weather stations in my Manolis Plionis told the these areas.” Athens-Macedonian News They could well hold the reAgency’s radio station cord for a longer period, he pointed out, but it is impos“Praktorio 104.9 FM’. “The high wind gust speeds sible to know because the certainly created the weather stations have only conditions for its rapid been there for eight years. advance and spread,” The conditions that had prePlionis said, reporting vailed while the fires burned on the measurements taken were exceptional, according by the 48 meteorological sta- to Plionis, with gale-force west-northwesterly winds tions in Attica. “We measured the gusts in that lasted from noon until the wider area and what we 22:00 at night. saw when we analysed the “The average wind speed was about 65 km an hour – we

ground in Beaufort but the equivalent is about 7 Beaufort on average – but the peculiarity of these winds was that there were many gusts, strong gusts that reached up to 120 km an hour. Here the equivalent in Beaufort is 12. The gusts were momentary but it is these that do the damage and create conditions for [the fire to] spread,” he said. Asked whether wind gust speeds can be predicted, the professor noted that forecasts were better at predicting average wind speeds. He also spoke about programmes for predicting, recording and monitoring fires and natural disasters being implemented by the national observatory in collaboration

University’s Environment Physics Department, reporting encouraging results, with the system successfully predicting the development of the Kineta fire as this occurred in real time. Once the programme was certified and operational, Plionis said, it would be handed over for use by the state in the next six months, so that fire fighters can predict how the fire will unfold and which direction the flames will take in order to range their forces accordingly. He also explained the operation of the FireHub system developed by the observatory that uses satellite images in order to pinpoint sources of fire through Greece at five-minute intervals and alert the fire brigade when fires started.

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Apokoronas Awards for “Missing The Point!” by Reginald Arkwright provided by a set of German To me the problem is not the The people of Apokoronas spend time on the island.

would like to award the prestigious “Missing The Point Award” to all local folk who would decry the Cretan ‘Bin Cat!” “Dirty, flea ridden animals!... “Don’t touch them they’re riddled with worms...” “They bring nothing but disease and pestilence!” “They claw my dog when he tries to steal their food?” “Each time we look even more kittens appear!” So which came first? The Cretan cat or the human dustbin? Cats have been documented as being a part of the semi domesticated world for over 10,000 years. In ancient Egyptian society they were classed as sacred and to be worshipped. Indeed study many a modern holiday brochure and you will find the glorious Cretan cat as the centrepiece of what attracts a potential customer to

So where are the bin cats going wrong? Well any animal, or human for that matter, forced to live rough among the trees and scrub will find themselves attacked by parasites like fleas and ticks, but unlike us more fortunate beings, cats don’t have access to a daily shower, nor do they have the funds to purchase preventative chemicals. Then if we had to forage for every morsel of food to survive from bins and scraps found by the roadside, intestinal worms would soon invade our digestive systems. If they should claw your pet for attempting to steal what little food they have, then the question should be asked, why aren’t you feeding or controlling your dog? And yes, too many kittens do appear, but the very generous neutering system as previously

vets has been recently banned, on the grounds that the local Veterinary clinics are losing custom to their free service? But one has to ask, who in reality will pay such an expensive operation for a roadside cat, and so what custom are the local vets actually loosing? “Remove the Bin Cats by poison!” I have heard suggested, indeed in a number of areas the suspicious disappearance of bin cats infers such action is being illegally taken. And what would happen if all of these potentially beautiful beasts are removed? The answer is simple, where food and shelter from the bins is on offer, our cat population would soon be replaced by the rats that the cats currently keep down. Following the rats will come cockroaches for their droppings, then more flies and insects of many a hue etc-etc.

Bin Cats, but the lack of nourishment and squalor that they are made to endure to live with in ill health, we should allow and encourage the charity sponsored vet neutering service back to take command of the cat breeding cycle and disease control, then sanction the additional feeding of the cats with nutritional dry biscuits (so as to not attract the flies), and fresh water, then generally treat them with the consideration and even love they deserve, as an essential part of the Cretan pest control system. Our Bin Cats don’t chose to be homeless and starving, so let’s put them back onto the pedestal they have enjoyed for generations before us, and award those non believers with “The Apokoronas Missing The Point Award”.

Do something! Illegal camping and local economy These days my children, their In Gavdos it is worse, with liter- places. Dear Chania Post,

partners, my grandchildren Something needs to be done and friends come to Chania reabout the despoiling of areas gion every year. We stay in rooms, hotels and due to illegal camping. I and my family have been apartments and we spend coming to Crete since 1974, al- money. most every year. When we first Elafonissi is spoilt by camper came with our young children, vans with angry dogs outside we came in a VW Camper van and we visited Sougia, now and were almost the only ones full of campers, vans and walls built by camping people which camping in Paleochora. We were careful and left only prevented any enjoyment of Sougia. footprints. We left.

ally hundreds of people camping, no toilet facilities, drug use is rife and these people build walls on the beaches, they cut down the cypress trees for fires and spend almost nothing locally. We shall be there for three weeks in September and will spend approximately €2,000 on accommodation and in the tavernas. It is spoiling the local economy and the beauty of the wild

Susan Parker

This will, I think, be our last visit. In future we shall stay in Paleochora where there is no such problem. Who should be dealing with this despoliation of Chania Region. I understand what the people are doing is illegal, yet they are left to spoil beaches and national parks. I love Crete but despair...


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Documents required for committing a civil marriage The Municipality of Chania

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informs all foreigners residing abroad, who want to get married in Chania... If foreigners, residing abroad wish to comit a marriage in Greece, they should have: 1. Marriage license (prototype) from their country’s competent authority translated and certified, in which should be indicated the period of validity, by release date. (The marriage license gives us data about the person that is interested in marriage and with whom is going to get married in Greece on s click re new st.gr o m (Municipality of Char fo po /crete http:/ nia). In case the foreigner does not mention in the document the person with whom is going to get married, this document will not be a valid marriage licence and can’t be accepted from the department. 2. Recent Birth certificate (prototype) translated and certified. 3. Recent family status certificate (for countries that issue it certified and translated) 4. Recent passport prhotocopy certified by lawyer (with visa

e.t.c.) Furthermore for the commission of the civil marriage, you should inform us with the following data: 1. Residence adress before marriage: 2. Residence adress after marriage: 3. Religion 4. Profession 5. Citizenship 6. Education 7. Contact phone 8. Children surname identification statement (article 1505 C.C.) 9. Marriage application form (given by the municipality) 10. Solemn statement of L. 1599/86 (given by the munici-

pality) The above documents must be submitted on time in order to be checked, fulfilled and signatured and so to arrange with you the date and time of committing the civil marriage. Validation and Translation of Foreign Documents The foreigns (prototypes) documents, stamped with Hague APOSTILLE stamp for members States in the treaty of Hague. For the rest of the States, instead of this stamp, those who are interested in the marriage must get a solemn statement with the authenticity of the signature

from the greek consulate from the country the certificate was issued or from the consulate of that country in Greece and then from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (public relations dpt.). Official translation of foreigns (prototypes) documents in greek and latin with intonation in names and surnames, countersigned either from the greek consulate in the country the certificate was issued, or from the translation service in the Ministry of Foreign affairs, or also from a graduated translator of Foreign Languages Translation and Interpretation department of the Ionian University, or finally from a greek lawyer (of the Lawyers Assosiation), provided that the requirements of the article 53 of 3026/1954( 235 Α’ ) of the Lawyers’ Code, are fulfilled. Validations of foreign certifications, documents e.t.c. must be in prototypes and not in photocopies. P.S. We would like to inform you about the date of marriages, that civil marriages in our municipality, are being held ONLY every Thursday. For your best service, please send us a contact phone number.


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A few things you have to know about Crete

Crete, the 5th biggest Med Island, lies in the southern frontier of Europe. Crete combines mountains and sea, the new alongside with the old and ancient with contemporary history. It is a cultural crossroad due to its strategic geographical position. English, German, French, Russian and other languages are widely spoken in tourist resorts. The climate is a factor that greatly contributes to its attractiveness. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Tap water is safe for consumption, the consumption of bottled water is recommended. The international call code for Greece is +30.

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Velkommen til smukke Chania, en paradisisk og ægte egn fyldt med naturlig skønhed, historie, minder og kultur.Her vil den besøgende opleve naturen i dens fulde pragt, og komme til at stå overfor steder der tager vejret fra en. Endeløse bugtede kyster, eksotiske småøer og gemte sandstrande ved foden af de vilde bjerge. Ufremkommelige men fortryllende kløfter, hellige grotter, velsignede floder, og fredlige dybtgrønne sletter, beplantet med oliven træer og citrusfrugter. En egn selvforsynende med alt og rig på sjældne dyr og planter. I Chania vil den besøgende blive imponeret over de menneskelige værker. Velkommen til vakre Hania, et paradisisk og rent land full av naturskjønnheter, historie, minner og kultur. Det er et land der de besøkende vil oppleve naturen i all dens prakt og se steder som gjør en stum av begeistring. Endeløse kyststrekninger med skummende hav, små bukter og øyer av eksotisk skjønnhet og skjulte sandstrender ved foten av avskrekkende fjell. Vanskelig tilgjengelige, men majestetiske fjellkløfter, hellige huler, velsignede elver og rolige grønne sletter dekket med oliven- og sitrus trær. Et land som er selvnærende på alle måter, rikt på dyreliv og planter, endemiske (stedegne) og sjeldne.

Museums | Musée | Museen | Mузеи | Museer | Μuseot | 博物馆 Archaeological Museum of Chania 25 Halidon str. - Tel. 28210 90334. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Maritime Museum of Crete Akti Koundourioti, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 91875/74484. Open: 9.00-16.00 (1/4-31/10), 9.00-14.00 (1/11-31/3) Μinoan Ship Moro dock, Venetian Harbour. Τel. 28210 91875. Open: Μay-Οct. Mon.-Fri. 10.00-15.00 & 19.00-22.30 (except public holidays) Historical Archives of Crete 20 I. Sfakianaki str., Tel. 28210 52606. Open: 9.00-14.00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Folklore Museum Gavalochori, Apokoronas. Tel. 28250 23222. Open: 9.00-20.00, Sat. 9.00-19.00, Sun. 10.00-13.00 Folklore Museum “Cretan House” 46b Halidon str. Tel. 28210 90816. Open: 9.00-15.00 & 18.00-21.00 Byzantine collection Theotokopoulou str. Tel. 28210 96046. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays)

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Bienvenue. Bien qu’elle ait été bombardée pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, La Canée est considérée comme une des plus jolies villes de Crète, particulièrement le vieux port vénitien avec son phare du XVe siècle et la mosquée des Janissaires. La Canée bénéficie d’un climat typiquement méditerranéen caractérisé par des hivers frais et humides et des étés chauds et secs. Le marché couvert datant de 1913, basé sur les plans de celui de Marseille, est aux abords de la vieille ville et est populaire aussi bien auprès des touristes que des habitants locaux.

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Sights | Spectacles | Sehenswürdigkeiten | Достопримечательности Att göra | Nähtävyydet | Seværdigheder | Attraksjoner | 景点

Ekklesiastic Museums - Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63310. Open: 8:00-20:00 - Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri. Tel. 28210 63319 - Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania. Tel. 28210 91125 - Monastery of Gonia, Kissamos . Tel. 28240 22313

Centre of Mediterranean Architecture Chania, 31 Αkti Tombazi, Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 40101/40201

War Museum Tzobanaki Cassern. Tel. 28210 44156. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.)

Villa Koundourou (Youth Centre and Municipal Cultural Workshop) Chania, 2 Iroon Politechniou str. Tel. 28210 53730/40896. Open: 9:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00

Chemistry Museum 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str. Tel. 28210 42504. Open: 9:00-13:00 (except Sat. & Sun.) Byzantine and Folklore Museum of Spilia, Kissamos Tel. 28240 22080/22357. Open: 17:00-18:00, Sat. 11:00-12:00

Institute of Cretan Justice Nearchou str., Chania. Open: 10:00-14:00

“Chrissostomos” Literary Association Chania, 83 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 53879 Municipal Art Gallery Chania, 98 Halidon str. Tel. 28210 92294/92419

Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda Tel. 28210 51003. Open: 10:00-18:00

Venizelion School of Music 5 N. Foka str. Tel. 28210 43067/52582. Open: 8:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00

Museum of National Resistance, Therisso Open all year round

Lyceum for Greek Girls 1 K. Mitsotaki str. Tel. 28210 42465/59444

House of Eleftherios Venizelos a. Mournies, Kydonia. Tel. 28210 93132/95250. Open: 18:00-21:00. b. Elena Venizelou sqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation). Tel. 28210 56008

Cultural Centre of the Metropolis 2 Ant. Giannari str. Tel. 28210 27807-9 Intellectual Centre of Chania 70 A.Papandreou str. Tel. 28210 40525

Mosque of Kioutsouk Hasan (Yali-Tzamisi) Venetian Harbour. Tel. 28210 83235/83232 Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna Technical University of Crete, Akrotiri. Τel. 28210 55988. Open: Mon.-Sat. Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda Τel. 28210 80132/81410. Open: 10.00-14.30 School Life Museum, Νerokourou Τel. 28210 74764. Open: Mon.-Fri. 9.00-13.30, Mon. & Wed. 18.00-20.30, Sat. 10.00-13.00 Archaeological Museum of Kissamos Τel. 28220 83308. Open: 8.30-15.00 (except Mondays) Olive Museum-Institute of Olive & Subtropicals Τel. 28210 83476/83428. Open: 8.00-14.00 via phone arrangement Sea Life & Fishery Museum, Kolimbari Τel. 28240 23299. Open: 10.00-18.00 (exc. Sat.-Sun.) An. Skalidis Museum, Perivolia, Kissamos Τel. 28220 61052. Frontier Museum of Europe, Paleochora Τel. 28230 42265.Open: Οct.-Μay Mon.-Fri. 10.00-13.00, June-Sept. Wed.-Sun. 10.00-13.00 & 18.00-21.00


Beaches | Plages | Strände | пляжи | Strande | Strender | Stränder | Rannat | 海滩 Numerous beautiful beaches with soft sand or coloured pebbles are found in the prefecture of Chania. All beaches have crystalline waters and look like paradise. Afrata: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 28km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafe, snack Agia Marina: Type: Sand - Distance: 9km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all Inclusive Hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals Agia Roumeli: Village on the south coast of Chania prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Sougia. Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, tavernas, accommodation, mini market, ferry boat trips Agioi Apostoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 3km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, free parking area, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, taxi station, bus stop, mini markets, super markets, tourist offices and car rental offices Almirida: Type: Sand - Distance: 23km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Balos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 55km west of Chania town Facilities: Canteens, umbrellas and sunbeds Chora Sfakion: Type: Pebbles - Facilities: Restaurants, cafes, shops Crissi Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 2.5km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, volley ball courts, children’s playground, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, super markets, taxi station Drapanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 33km west of Chania town Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafe, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, campsite, bakery, mini market Elafonissi: Type: Sand - Distance: 75 km from Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, canteen, cafe, taverns, accommodation, mini market Falasarna: Type: Sand - Distance: 59km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, volley ball court, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation Frangokastello: Type: Sand - Distance: 80km southeast of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, cafes, restaurants, fish taverns, shops, mini market, accommodation Georgioupoli: Type: Sand - Distance: 38km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguards, water sports, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, super markets, shops, ATM cashpoint machines Gerani: Type: Sand - Distance: 15km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, bars, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, all Inclusive hotels, shops, pharmacy, super markets Gialiskari/Anidri Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 74km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, two canteens

Elafonissi

Kalathas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km north east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Kalives: Type: Sand - Distance: 19km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, windsurfing school, cafes, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets, ATM cashpoint machines Kedrodassos: Type: Sand - Distance: 74km south west of Chania town Kisamos (Mavros Molos): Type: Sand - Distance: 36km west of Chania Facilities: Showers, umbrellas and sunbeds, cafes, snack, restaurants, tavernas, accommodation, shops, mini markets, super markets, ATM’s, doctor’s offices

Agii Apostoli

Kolymvari (Kolymbari): Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 23km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets Koundoura/Krios Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 80km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, parking, canteen Kyani Akti Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 18km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, canteens, restaurants, tavernas Loutraki Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurant, accommodation Loutro: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 71km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, cafe, snack bars, restaurants, fish taverns, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops Maleme: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies Marathi Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 16km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants, accommodation

Falassarna

Marmara Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 85km south of Chania town Facilities: Pachia Ammos: Type: Sand - Distance: 71km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, beach bar, cafes, restaurants, taverns, accommodation Platanias: Type: Sand - Distance: 10km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafe, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals, playgrounds, mini golf courts Sougia: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 60km south of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, cafes, bars, restaurants, taverns, fish taverns, mini markets, bakery, accommodation

Balos

Stalos Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 7km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, pharmacies, doctors, ATM cashpoint machines, super markets, shops, car rentals

Glyka Nera Beach: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Canteen, umbrellas

Stavros Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 17km east of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, beach bars, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation, mini markets

Grammeno Beach: Type: Sand/Pebbles - Distance: 75km south of Chania Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, parking, beach bars, restaurants, accommodation

Tavronitis: Type: Pebbles - Distance: 18km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, parking, cafés, snack, beach bars, restaurants, water sports, accommodation, all inclusive hotels, mini market

Kalamaki: Type: Sand - Distance: 4km west of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, water sports, lifeguard, parking, cafes, snack, beach bar, tavernas, restaurants, accommodation

Tersanas Beach: Type: Sand - Distance: 13km nort east of Chania town Facilities: Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafe, snack, restaurant, accommodation, mini markets, souvenir shops, pharmacies

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Cretan flora and fauna | Flore et la faune crétois | Kretische Flora und Fauna | Kритские флора и фауна | Kretiske flora og fauna Kretensiske flora og fauna | Kretensiska flora och fauna | Kreetalainen kasvisto ja eläimistö | 克里特岛动植物 The climate and t he conf igurat ion of t he l and ma ke t he count y of C hani a a p aradis e for t hous ands of pl ants and anima ls. L i lys of t he s e a (p ancrat ium mar it imum), l avd ano (l avd anum), c ycl amen (c ycl amen cret ic um), Cret an tu lips (tu lip a cret ic a), maple (acer cret ic us). The endemic and unique ditt any (or iganum dic t amum), ma lot ira (f ider it is cret ic a) and matzourana (or iganum maiorana), are me dicina l b oi ling pl ants w hich are abund ant. On t he pl ain of Oma los you c an f ind st amnagat hi (ci hor ium spinosum). Dr ie d or f resh ly c ut, t hes e sp e ci a l me dicina l herbs

c an b e found in t he Public Market or lo c a l shops. O ver 1742 unique Cret an pl ants c an a ls o b e found, 10% of w hich exist on ly in t he count y of C hani a. The proud Cret an b e ast (c apra aegag r us cret ic a) lives f re ely on ly in t he Samar i a G orge. There and els e w here, you c an s e e Cret an e ag les (aqui l a chr ys aetos) and p ar t r idges (a le c tor is chukar). Fer rets, skun ks, we as els, hares, haw ks etc. c an a ls o b e s e en in op en pl aces. There is a ls o an ende avour to prote c t an are a on t he nor t h shores of t he count y esp e ci a l ly for t he tur t les (c arett a-c arett a) t hat live t here.

Conference tourism | Le tourisme de conférence | Konferenztourismus | Конференц-туризм Conference turisme | Konferensturism | Conference matkailu | 会议旅游 St. Sofia Foundation - Agii Pantes Tel.: (+30) 2821057043 Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari Tel.: (+30) 2824022060 Fax: (+30) 2824022245 Email: oac@otenet.gr Http: www.oac.gr Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania Tel: (+30) 28210 35081, 35080 E-mail: baouraki@maich.gr και confer@maich.gr http://confer.maich.gr Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/

Cultural Centre Of Chania 70, A. Papandreou Street, Hania Tel.: (+30) 28213 44400-4 Cultural Center of the Metropolis - Hania Tel.: (+30) 2821027808 Fax: (+30) 2821027823 Email: imka@grecian.net Http: www.imka.gr Centre of Architecture of Mediterranean (Megalo Arsenali) Tel.: (+30) 2821040201 Fax: (+30) 2821027184 Http: www.kam-arsenali.gr

Information | Informationen | информация | Tiedotus Informasjon | 信息 Emergencies 112, 100, (+30)2821028746/25791 Police (+30)2821025700 Tourist Police (+30)2821028750/25931 Ambulance Service 166 Hospital of Chania (+30)2821022000-9 Naval Hospital of Souda (+30)2821082538/82414 Gavrilakis Clinic (+30)2821070800 Kapakis Clinic (+30)2821052688 Tsepetis Clinic (+30)2821027633 Health Centre of Vamos (+30)2825022580 Health Centre of Kandanos (+30)2823022550 Health Centre of Kissamos (+30)2822022222 Fire Brigade 199 Airport (+30)2821063171/63264 Tourist Information Centre (+30)2821092943/92624

Tourist Information Centre of the Municipality of Chania, (+30)2821036155/36204-6 Weather Forecast 1448 Οrthodox Cathedral (+30)2821043802 Catholic Church (+30)2821093443 Evangelist Church (+30)2821022365 Synagogue (+30)2821086286 Mountain Rescue Club (+30)2821044647/44359 Foreign Embassies: Great Britain (+30)2810 224012 Denmark (+30)2810 243714 Finland (+30)2810 284270 Norway (+30)2810 225991 Sweden (+30)2821060605

Transportation | Transport | Tранспортировка | Kuljetus | 运输 - Airlines: a. OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, 88 Tzanakaki str., tel. 80111 44444, airport: 28210 63818/63633/66088 (www.olympicair.com). b. AEGEAN AIRLINES, 12 El. Venizelou str., tel. 80111 20000, 28210 51100, airport: 28210 63366 (www.aegeanair.com). - Sea Lines: a. ANEK LINES, Sof Venizelou sqr., tel. 28210 27500 (www.anek.gr). Souda to/from Pireas daily. Ticket office (Souda port) tel. 28210 80050/1.

b. ANENDΥΚ (20.30 Promitheos str. VIO.PA Souda), tel. 28210 95511/95530 (www.anendyk.gr), e-mail: anendyk@anendyk.gr, info@anendyk.gr . Sea links between the south ports of the county. - Port Authorities: a. Chania, tel. 28210 98888, e-mail: chania@chg.gr b. Souda, tel. 28210 89240, e-mail: souda@chg.gr c. Kissamos, tel. 28220 22024, d. Paleochora, tel. 28230 41214, e. Chora Sfakion, tel. 28250 91292. e-mail: xsfakion@chg.gr

- Local buses (blue): Departures from Municipal Market sqr. and 1866 sqr. to all districts of the town and surrounding areas, Akrotiri, Souda (port), beaches, etc. Tel. 28210 93345/98115.

- Car and motorbike rentals: There are many international and domestic companies. Information at the Tourist Information Centre of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, 40 Kriari str., tel. 28210 92943/92624.

- Long distance buses (green): Main Bus Station (KTEL), Kydonias str. To Rethimno-Iraklio, Vrisses-Chora Sfakion, Kasteli, Εlafonissi, Kandanos-Paleochora, Sougia, Omalos-Samaria etc. Also to Thessaloniki (via the port of Pireas). Tel. 28210 93306/93052.

- Taxi: Tel. 18300, 28210 94300 (service for disabled people too). - Aeroclub of Chania: Magical flights around the county and the Aegean islands by qualified pilots (or using your own license) in Cessna 4-seat aircraft. Tel. 28210 27272 (www.aer.gr).


Gorges/Caves | Gorges/Grottes | Schluchten/ Höhlen | ущелья/ пещеры | Kløfter/Huler | Klyfta/ Grottor | Rotkoja/Luolia | 峡谷/洞穴 The area enables the individual hiker to explore the nature and the beauty of the county via routes that are unparalleled beauty. The most appropriate to inform the interested visitor is the Mountaineering Club of Chania. The E4 Path begins in the Pyrenees mountains across Greece, arrives at Kissamos, across Crete to Kato Zakros and finally arrives in Cyprus. As far as the track is part of the prefecture of Chania, it passes from coastal areas and the White Mountains. The main routes of the European path are the following : Kasteli Kissamou – Sfinari (Length: 22,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sfinari – Chrysoskalitisa Monastery (Length: 32 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Chrysoskalitisa - Palaiochora (Length: 22 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Sougia – Agia Roumeli (Length: 13 km, Best Season: All year) Loutro - Fragokastelo (Length : 19,5 km, Best Season: All year) Sougia - Koustogerako-Omalos (Length: 24,5 km, Best season: Spring – Autumn) Agia Triada - Gouverneto – Katholiko (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 2 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of St Irene – Sfakia (Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 8 km Visit Period : All Year , Route Difficulty: Normal) Paleochora - Sougia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Length: 14,5 m Route Duration: 6 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) National Park of Samaria (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 6 Hours Route Length: 16 km, Visit Period : May-October) Gavdos (Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Visit Period : May-October) Douliana – Gavalohori (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) On the Summit of Kigilos (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Agia Roumeli - Agios Ioannis (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 5 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Gorge of Polyrrenia (Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours, Visit Period : All Year) Sasalos-Makronas (Halase gorge) (Route Difficulty: Normal, Route Duration: 4 Hours )

The Gorge of Imbros in Sfakia Route Duration: 2 Hours, Route Length: 8 km The Gorge of Agia Irini in Selino Route Duration: 3 Hours, Route Length: 7.5 km The Gorge of Aradena in Sfakia Route Duration: 2.5 Hours, Route Length: 5.5 km The Gorge of Elygia The Gorge of Trypitis Route Duration: 8.5 Hours The Gorge of Diktamou Route Duration: 3.5 Hours The Gorge of Therisso or Eleutheriou Venizelou Route Length: 6 km The Gorge of Chalase or Sasalou Route Duration: 4 Hours The Gorge of Prasse Route Duration: 2 Hours The Gorge of Kavi or Iligga Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Asfendou Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Kalikrati Route Duration: 3 Hours The Gorge of Katholikou Route Duration: 0.5 Hours Mountain Shelters Kallergi Capacity: 45, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 1 Hours Visit Period : April-October Svourikti - Holiopoulos Capacity: 20, Route Difficulty: Easy, Route Duration: 3 Hours Tavri Capacity: 40, Route Difficulty: Very Easy, Route Duration: 1.5 Hour, Route Length: 7.7 km Volikas Capacity: 30, Route Duration: 3 Hour Caves Cave of Panos or Lera The cave “Panos or Lera” is developed in Mount Vardies, at an altitude of 70m., in the settlement Stavros Kydonias. It consists of an “antechamber” and four rooms with chiselled cavities, which have been explained as places for the welcome of statues. Cave of Asfentos The cave “of Asfentos” is situated at the position”Skordolakia”, at the westeastern part of the beginning of the gorge of Asfentos . Cave of Agia Sofia The cave of “Agia Sofia” is at the western walls of the gorgo of Topolia, at a distance of 47 km from the city of Chania. It consists of two rooms on different levels.

Gorges The Gorge of Samaria Route Length: 18 km, Route Duration: 7 Hours, Visit Period : May-October

We propose... you choose | Nous vous proposons ... vous choisissez | Schlagen wir vor, Sie wählen ... | мы предлагаем ... вы выбираете Vi foreslår ... du vælger | Vi föreslår ... du väljer | Foreslår vi ... du velger | Ehdotamme ... valitset | 我们建议...你选择 MUNICIPALITY OF CHANIA Municipal Market The Municipal Market of Chania, the large building of 4000 square meters in a surrounding area of 17.200 square meters, is the “heart” of the city. It is an original building that, apart from a business activity center, also provides a concrete image of the ancient Greek marketplace. Great for shopping tradiotional Cretan products. Venizelos Tombs One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania are the Venizelos family tombs, a few kilometres east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. Old Harbour Chania’s old Venetian Harbor is the most picruresque and world wide known site seen of the hole Crete. Lots of choices to drink your coffee, to have lunch or dinner in the restaurants or enjoy shopping time. Stavros Stavros is located on Akrotiri, only 13km from Chania, 3km from the airport and 10km from Souda harbour. One of the finest beaches for swimming. British Commonwealth War Cemetery in Souda Bay The War cemetery is a quiet and restful place for the allied forces who lost their lives here on the Battle of Crete in 1941. Aghia Marina Agia Marina is one of the most important tourist resorts of Chania. Great beach for swimming and lots of choices for shopping, eating and clubbing. MUNICIPALITY OF PLATANIAS Thodorou Just a few miles to the north west of the port of Chania. The island is a nature reserve and it is therefore forbidden to go ashore, except that is for one day a year (8 June), when visitors are allowed to take the path to the church and back in order to worship. Platanias The heart of tourism in western Crete. Everything can be found in Platanias... swimming, eating, clubbing, shopping. A “must” place to visit or stay. All days and all nights are different in Platanias and you will find out why. Maleme German Cemetery

The cemetery is 3km south up the winding paved road. The 4,465 men buried here fell in the Battle of Crete in May of 1941. The Germans landed at the small airport of Maleme when they attacked Crete. Samaria Gorge If you come to Chania and you don’t pass through the Samara Gorge then your visit is just... incomplete. The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece, a major tourist attraction of the island and a World’s Biosphere Reserve. A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea. The village of Samariá lies just inside the gorge. It was finally abandoned by the last remaining inhabitants in 1962 to make way for the park. MUNICIPALITY OF SFAKIA Frangokastello The castle of Frangokastello stands since centuries. It reminds of the Venetians, Turks and Greeks, battles and blood, slaughters and sacrifices. The legends are still alive, taking us in their own world and left the “Drosoulites”, visiting us again some magic mornings. Sfakia The south-eastern region of the Prefecture of Chania is called Municipality of Sfakia and includes the villages Hora Sfakion, Anopoli, Agios Ioannis, Agia Roumeli, Asfendou, Loutro, Patsianos, Skaloti, Impros, Askifou and Fragkokastello. The distamce to Chania is about 70 kilometres. Entire Sfakia is characterized by the natural beauty of wild mountainous landscape which is combined unique with the sea. Loutro The village was named by the baths that were found there. The water was coming from Anopoli. Between the old buildings that you can see there, there is also the goverment building that was used during the revolution at 1821. From Loutro you can visit the ruins of ancient Aradenas with the Byzantine church of archangel Michail and Anopolis. Perfect place for a weekend escape. Aghia Roumeli It is a coastal settlement in south-western Crete and it allocates a wide beach while the access is feasible only with boats from Hora Sfakion, via Loutro and from Palaiochora or Sougia, while the village does not allocate road access. Constitutes popular tourist destination because it is located at the southern entry of the Gorge of Samaria, the biggest gorge in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe with a length of 18 kilometres.

MUNICIPALITY OF APOKORONAS Kalyves Picturesque village located about 20 kilometres east of Chania, in one of the greenest areas of Greece. The village It is surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches with crystalline waters like Kalyves and Kiani Akti. Good place for shopping with lots of traditional tavernas. Just 3 km away is Almyrida, with traditional travernas to enjoy lunch after your swimming. Georgioupolis A resort village 43 km east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno. Formerly a small fishing village, Georgioupolis is very much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks. MUNICIPALITY OF KANDANOS-SELINO Sougia Located in a distance of 70 roughly km south-western of Chania. It is built in the ruins of the ancient Syias where mainly in the Roman and first Byzantine period people lived here. Saved ruins are vaulted graves and water reservoirs from the Roman period and a church from the 4th century with eminent mosaics. Nice beach where you can have free camping. Paleochora Located in the south-western part of the prefecture. The distance to Chania is about 70 kilometres. It is built on a peninsula between two beautiful bays where it is rained by the Lybian Sea and it is right to consider it the “Nymph of the Lybian Sea” and “Land of the sun”. The movement in the region is high in summertime, on one side from the excursionists choosing it as the harbour of departure to the Island of Gavdos, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia and return from the Samaria Gorge, on the other from the holiday-makers that select it as a place of their summer vacations.Palaiochora has all the benefits the visitor needs as banks, doctors, supermarket, drugstores, police, post, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, port authority, custom, cinema, bars, disco, and rented cars.

reserve. On the mainland the 17th century Chrysoskalitissa Monastery is approximately 5 km from the island. One of the best places for swimming in the whole world MUNICIPALITY OF KISSAMOS Falassarna May be the best beach on earth, as awarded by its visitors. The place to be for swimming. Also, don’t miss the great party the first weekend of August. Gramvousa-Balos At the north western point of Crete you will find Gramvousa, a small island with an impregnable castle, a fortress, a masterpiece of the 16th century, and Balos, the unique lagoon of Crete, with its blue green waters, it pink sandy beach and famous shells! An impressive and unique environment of steep rocks and cliffs, an immense blue sea and hidden sandy beaches, and the serene lagoon of Balos, combines with the remains of the long lasting history of the region: monasteries, churches and the imposing castle of Imeri Gramvousa. MUNICIPALITY OF GAVDOS Gavdos is a small island which is located 26 naval miles (48 kilometres) southern of Crete and it’s extent is 27 square kilometres. It is the most southern Greek and simultaneously European point with population of 98 residents. Perfect for a daily cruise.

Elafonissi When the weather is fine it is possible to walk to the island through the shallow water. The island is a protected nature

Culture | Kultur | Kультура | Kulttuuri | 文化 A first-time visitor to Chania is surprised by the great number of buildings and monuments on which can be found traces of its great history and rich civilisation. The old town, on and around the hill of Kasteli, was built upon the ruins of Minoan Kydonia and is surrounded by the Byzantine wall, the Venetian wall and the sea. The Minoan civilisation left behind grand tombs, interesting ceramics and objects. During its occupation by the Venetians and the Turks, people of different nationality, culture and religion co-existed. Christians (Catholic and Orthodox), Jews and Muslims, have left discernible traces and produced particularly interesting creations. In the neighbourhood of Topanas with its narrow paved streets, the visitor meets Venetian manors with elaborately decorated facades and Turkish houses with architectural protrusions. There we can find Fort Firkas, the Naval Museum and the church of San Salvatore of the Francheskan Monks (15th - 17th cent. AD) which hosts the Byzantine collection of Chania. The collection of ΙLΑΕΚ and many shops offering traditional

handicrafts can also be found there. In the old Jewish neighbourhood there is the synagogue and on Halidon street the folklore museum (Cretan house) and the church of St. Frangiskos. The church hosts the town’s archaeological museum and houses treasures from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period. Opposite there is the Metropolitan temple of Isodia (representation of the Virgin Mary) with its exquisite hagiographies and close to that are the old Turkish baths. In the area of Sintrivani, around the homonymous square, there is the mosque of Kiuchouk Hasan (1645) and opposite that the quay with the Venetian lighthouse. A little further away, 7 out of the original 17 docks (Neoria) can be found (14th-16th cent. AD). Eye-capturing is the Great Arsenal, which today is used as a convention and exhibition centre. Along the harbour, small cafeterias and restaurants create an inviting atmosphere. On the hill of Kasteli there are still parts of the old Rector’s palace and its court and the engraving on a lintel over a door

reminds us of the existence of Venetian Archives. Near there, the excavation of ancient Kydonia and the ruins of the church of St. Maria of Mirakoli (1615) are located. At the “stivanadika”, which is still characterised by Eastern features, one can buy leather goods. Next to that is the building of Chrisostomos and the new public Art Gallery. In the old Turkish neighbourhood Splantzia is the square of the former monastery οf St. Nicholas (1204) with a bell-tower and minaret. The small church of the period of enlightenment’s of St. Rokkos (1630) can also be found there. Near that is the church of St. Anargyroi (16th cent. AD) with its priceless hagiographies and St. Catherine’s church. Outside the walls, to the east of the old town, we come across Koum-Kapi where during the last years of the Turkish occupation, Beduins built a village. Today the area is a favourite meeting place for young people. In the neighbourhood of Halepa there is the palace of Prince George, the house of Eleftherios Venizelos, the French School

(1860), the church of St. Magdalea (1903) and the church of Evangelismou. From later periods the following places are of interest: the manor “Villa Koundourou”, a workshop of fine arts and a youth centre, the municipal park (1870) with its clock, the market (built 1913, cross-shaped building with hundreds of small shops), the park of peace and friendship of people, the court house, the prefecture, the Venizelion School of Music, the Historic Archives Museum, the War Museum and the Museum of Chemistry. In the neighbourhoods outside the walls there are many neoclassical buildings with beautiful gardens which smell of hyacinth, honey suckle and rose trees. At the border of the town with the cape (Akrotiri) are the graves of Eleftherios and Sofocles Venizelos. The town of Chania, the first capital of Crete, kept its historical heritage of so many centuries almost unaffected. Its atmosphere attracted scientists, philosophers, poets and artists of different origins and it became a cultural centre.


Churches/Monasteries | Eglises/Μonastères | Kirchen/Klöster | Церкви/монастыри | Kirker/Κlostre | Kyrkor/Κloster | Kirkot/Luostarit | 教堂和修道院 The Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Chrysopigi lies a short distance from the town of Chania on the route to Souda harbour. Operation Hours: 08.00-12.00 and 15.30-18.00 Telephone: (+30)2821091125, (+30)2821029840 The monastery of Agia Triada of Tzagarolon is one of the richest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete. It is built near the airport of Chania, in the position Tzobomylos of the Cape Melecha and at the foothills of Stavros Mount. The distance from Chania is only 15km. Gouverneto Monastery. The actual Monastery complex was built from 1537 till 1548. According to tradition, it was connected with miraculous St John the Hermit, and was used for the housing of the Saint’ s pilgrims. Telephone: (+30)2821063319

Katholiko monastery is located 20km east of Chania, near the northern shores of Cape Akrotiri. It is located near the exit of the gorge Avlaki, at a short distance from the sea. The monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa is located 72km south of Chania, very close to the magnifi cent lagoon of Elafonissi. It operates as a nunnery and reminds of a fortress, perched on a 35m high rock with boundless sea views. The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi (in Apokoronas Province) is located about 2km east of Vamos village. The monastery was abandoned for many years but was restored in 1996 and today it is operating normally. Monastery of Pasinos. It is a complex of monasteries built during the Venetian rule (16th century). It architectural style is western, the church being placed in the centre of the complex.

St George of Mythimna - Kisamos. The single-room, vaulted church of St George in the archeological site of Methymna, near Drapania of Kisamos, was built during the fi rst half of the 15th century, in the place of a late Roman Bath. The Holy Monastery of Partenon or Life-Giving Spring was founded by the Bishop of Kisamos & Selinon Anthimos Leledakis in 1905-1910. It was renovated between 1962 and 1965, by Bishop Irineos Galanakis. Early Christian Basilica at Almyrida Apokoronou. It is an early Christian three-aisled basilica of the second half of the 6th century. The church of St George in the centre of Kournas, a settlement with interesting folk architecture. It was built at the end of the 12th century.

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Ancient Aptera This site is located 15 km South-east of Chania, near the village Megala Chorafi a. The strategic location of the city with two ports, Minoa (modern Marathi) and Kissamos (near Kalives today) at the entrance of the natural bay, which guaranteed the possibility to control the movement of trade, boosted its growth. Ancient Falasarna The site of the ancient Falassarna located on the western edge of Cap Gramvousa the west coast of Crete. The town was surveyed again in the 19th century by English tourists, who identified the village and closed the port. Ancient Lissos The ruins of Lissos are saved between Paleochora and Sougia. It

was the port city of Dorian Elyros. It fl ourished in the Hellinistic, Roman and the fi rst Vyzantine period and destroyed by the Saracens Arabs. It also issued its own currency, as Lissos. Ancient Tara (St. Roumeli) The ruins of the ancient city Taras found at south coast of Crete near the village of Agia Roumeli. The city fl ourished particularly during the Roman era. They found the remains of a temple, possibly dedicated to Artemis and Apollo. Souda’s Castle The castle is built on the islet of Souda, and protected the port of Souda and Chania. It occupies almost the entire island. Built in 1715 and surrendered to the Ottomans in 1715. On February 14 the Greek fl ag was raised, lowering the Turkish and giving the signal that there is now the Greek sovereignty over

the island of Crete. Archaeological site of ancient Anopolis The archaeological site of ancient Anopolis located 87 km south of Chania. Anopolis was an independent city during the classical times and fl ourished during the Roman and Byzantine times. Firkas Castle Castle Firkas was built in the 16th century by the Venetians to protect the city of Chania. There Venizelos declared the offi cial union of Crete with Greece. Today it hosts the Maritime Museum and a small theater. Intzedin Castle Located 14 km east of Chania. Has been characterized as his-

torical monument. Built in 1872 in the position of the tower was built in 1646 by the Turks, who drove the Venetians. The name comes from the name of the son of Sultan Abdul Aziz Intzedin. Has been used as a prison for political prisoners, among them which has been the El. Venizelos. During the dictatorship of Pangalos many dissidents jailed, and when the dictatorship fell, Pangalos was imprisoned there too. Finally, from the isolation rooms of Yaros, in 1948, the fi rst communist political prisoners were moved there.

Ancient Polirinia The ancient city was Polirinia in place of the village Polirinia Kissamos, 49 km west of Chania. At the top of the hill was the citadel of which was T-shaped, from where the view was immense, from Crete to the Libyan Sea, which stretched the realm.

Cultural events | Evénements culturels | Kulturelle Veranstaltungen | Культурные мероприятия | Kulturarrangementer | Kulturelle begivenheder | Kulturevenemang | Kulttuuritapahtumat | 文化活动 May: - Celebration of the battle of Crete. It includes events commemorating those who were killed and several cultural events. - “Koresia” athletic games Canoe kayak at Kournas Lake. Beginning of summer: Venizelia - Track events at the National Stadium of Chania. May - September: Athletic events in Nea Kydonia which include: Beach volley Beach Soccer - Beach Handball and racket games. July - August - September: - Cultural Summer Events of the municipality of Chania. It includes music and stage performances at the theatre of Eastern Trench, Public Garden, Venizelio music school, Park of Peace and Friendship and other events in several neighbourhoods of

the town. - Cultural summer events are also organised by the municipalities of Kisamos, Apokoronas and Kandanos-Selino. June: - Cherries Festival in Karanou. - 24 June: Festivity of St. Ioannis Klidonas, in Fres, Akrotiri, Perivolia, Therisso, Vamvakopoulo. - 29 June - 6 July: Naval week festival.

- Naval week in the old harbour and every second year in Palaiochora and Georgioupolis. - 21-28 July: Elafonisia - Municipality of Kissamos. Including memorial service at the monument of Elafonisi, athletic games, performances, festivity in honour of the elderly and traditional treat. - 26 July: “Promotion of Kisamos” - Club, Grambousa pilgrimage excursion from the port of Kisamos to Balos and to

- 30-31 July: Wine festival in Vouves. August: - First Sunday of August: Blessing of the fruit of the earth at the Monastery of Archangel Michael (Rotonda) Kato Episkopi. - 8-9 August: Wine festival in Vouves. - 1-10 August: Venetian Harbour of Chania photography exhibition for Chania Music Tradition. - 16 August: Honey Festival in Afrata. September: - 1-10 September: Sardine festival in Nea Chora and in Souda. - 27 September: World Day of Tourism. Festive events at the old harbour of Chania.

July: - Festival of Kalitsouni cheese pie, in Kandanos.

the island of Grambousa. - 30 July: “Pottery Festival” in Nohia.

End of October or beginning of November: - Chestnut festival in Prases and Elos.

The pilgrims start arriving ancient Lissos on foot or in boats from Sougiaγια early in the afternoon of the previous day. A real fair of Selino in a mythical place.

In the beautiful village where Eleftherios Venizelos declared the revolution of 1905.

August 15th the Assymption of the Virgin: Voulgaro Panagia of the Summit, Kolympari Gonia, Pemonia, Fre, Eksopolis, Litsarda, Alikampos, Kefala, Kalikrati, Koustogerako

Religious events | Evénements religieux | Religiöse Veranstaltungen | Религиозные события | Religiøse begivenheder Religiøse begivenheter | Religiösa evenemang | Uskonnollisiin tilaisuuksiin | 宗教活动

Asi Gonia, St. George’s Day, April 23rd or after Easter Day: A big festival. All the shepherds of the area bring their animals to the mass in order to be blessed, then they milk them and distribute the milk to the pilgrims. Agios Ioannis Sfakion, St John’s Feast, May 8th: Traditional festival of Sfakia. Azogyre, The Holy Fathers’ Feast, October 7th: In the beautiful village with the visitable impressive cave of the Holy Fathers. Elos, Agios Dikaios,May 6th: Extraordinary view and a unique fair. Lissos, St Kyrikos, July 15th:

Sembronas, Apopigadi, St. John’s, June 24th: One of the feasts, that take place on a very high location, with an incredible view. Sougia, Harey, St. Antony 1-2 of July: Unique traditional fair at the seaside small church which is situated in Harey. The route on foot from through the E4 path that lead from Sougia to Agia Roumeli lasts two hours with the unique background of the Lybian sea and piney slopes. It is possible to go there also by boat from Sougia. Overnight stay outdoor. Therisso, Assumption of the Mother of God, August 15th:

Sfakia, Thymiani Panagia, last Sunday of May. Chrysoskalitissa, the Assumption of the Virgin, August 15th: At the beautiful monastery, which is a real «balcony» to the Lybian Sea a famous festival takes place. Frangokastello, St. Nikitas’, September 15th: Big festival during which riding races take place. August 6th, the Transfiguration: Ksirosterni, Tzitzife, Karres of Kissamos, Sassalo

August 29th,John the Precursor’s: Rodopou Gionas, Douliana, Stylos, Kournas September 8th, Birth of the Mother of Christ: Gavalohori, Tzitzife, Sassalo September 14th, Feast ofthe Holy Cross: Nippos, Rodovani September 15th St. Nikitas’: Kampia


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mon ‘buzzword’, although its significance is probably not fully understood by most people. To all associated with the biological or environmental sciences it is a word that signifies great concern. Birdlife International has just released information to try and assist people in understanding the worries. A figure used to highlight the problem is, at this time, one in eight bird species is in danger of extinction. There are many complex factors involved in n click o s w e this alarming figure and re n r for mo retepost.g c / not unsurprisingly all http:/ are generated by human society. Seven months ago I wrote that iconic species of birds (the Atlantic puffin, Snowy Owl and the Turtle dove – the latter on the island at the moment) were in danger and I know that some readers were surprised that what were considered common, European species are under threat. I will not detail the problems again but outline the 5 major threats publicised by Birdlife. These can be associated with animals and plants and also linked with our island.

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side of forests and are unable to fly across the huge gaps between remaining fragments. The financial aspects of logging seem to outweigh the future of life on Earth; there is a global demand for timber, paper and new land for crops, biofuels, housing etc. There is no easy solution, as you may understand from the illegal logging in Amazonia. The Asia-Pacific Forest Governance Project, coordinated by Birdlife, uses a mobile phone ‘app’ to help local people monitor and manage their own area of rainforest. This type of project requires a great deal of education and policing, but may be a way forward for some areas.

1. Industrial and Modern Farming. More than a third of the Earth’s land surface is dedicated to agriculture but the large scale of modern farming combined with the chemicals used are causing problems with 74% of globally threatened birds. A recent study in the USA found that migrating Whitecrowned sparrows exposed to neonicotinoids (a pesticide) lost a quarter of their body mass and fat stores: it makes me wonder what affect these pesticides have on human metabolism. It is possible to farm in a sustainable manner. Birdlife Cambodia works with IBIS Rice, a non-profit organisation helping farmers grow jasmine rice. The farmers obtain a better price for their product in exchange for not using pesticides or herbicides and avoiding hunting or logging.

3. Invasive Species. Man has introduced species into areas, either deliberately or accidentally, without considering the possible harm to the natural flora and fauna. There are examples worldwide – rabbits in Australia, Japanese knotweed, mink in the UK, Oxalis on Crete. During the last 50 years, 70% of bird extinctions have been caused by interlopers such as rats and mice. Birds on remote islands are particularly susceptible, as they have evolved with few natural predators. 88 larger islands around the world have been identified as major areas where native bird species are under threat. About 45 years ago, hedgehogs were introduced to the Outer Hebrides (Scotland) to try and reduce garden pests. They soon became a pest for ground nesting birds. The animals are being removed from the islands and returned to the mainland.

2. Deforestation and logging. As about two-thirds of bird species are found in forests, deforestation is a major problem. Many species cannot live out-

4. Hunting and trapping. I am sure we all have different opinions on hunting and trapping, even legal hunting. A species may be suddenly targeted: one of the most recent is the example of the Helmeted

hornbill. Three years ago its numbers plummeted and its status went from ‘Near threatened’ to ‘Critically endangered’ after it was targeted for its highly sought-after, solid ‘Red Ivory’ casque. Authorities are using modern equipment to try and halt illegal activity (e.g. drones in Italy to discover illegal trapping) but severe penalties are also required to act as deterrents. 5. Climate Change. Just over thirty years ago the general public had little idea of how much the words ‘climate change’ (initially ‘global warming’) would have on their lives. Since then there has been a lot of study and a better understanding of the effects. For birds, there are global studies researching how species are being affected and their prospects. So far, about 25% of bird species studied have been negatively affected by climate change. For example, in the UK, warmer and earlier springs are causing caterpillar numbers to spike earlier so that by the time chicks hatch there are insufficient caterpillars to go round. Despite what a certain President considers, time is running out and running out quickly to halt the spiral: no matter about trying to reverse the problems. Although most of what I have written so far is about birds, similar problems are affecting animals, insects and plants. The problems are reproduced here on Crete. Modern olive farming often includes retaining the Bermuda buttercup (Oxalis) and spraying. There is concern in many quarters about the amount of ‘horta’ (the traditional natural food) that has been and is being lost. Expansion of villages, especially by the sea, roads and accommodation are fragmenting areas in the same way as ‘log-

ging’. My local colony of Serotine bats has abandoned its nest site and roosts due to the exposure of their roosting sites and the removal of trees from in front of the roosts; for the development of a large garden with stone wall, so I understand. A very recent survey has shown that many animals are being ‘forced’ into becoming nocturnal species because of the amount of human activity in what were ‘quiet’ areas. They are then being stressed by the amount of, and usually unnecessary, light pollution at night in the same way that naturally nocturnal, wild and even farm animals are being badly affected. And this light pollution is adding to the problems of climate change. My worry is whether we, as a race, care enough about Nature and our planet. Late News on Light Pollution Just after I completed the article on biodiversity I received a new scientific paper from Germany. I have not had time to read and study the paper but the scientists at IGB state that the biomass of flying insects has dropped by 75%. A lot of this decline is due to climate and habitat change and pesticides but the researchers have found a link between that alarming decrease and light pollution, especially in nonbuilt up areas. There are many reasons for this but a lot of light pollution could be reduced and removed. On Crete, house and villa owners could ensure outside lighting (except motion activated security lighting) is switched off especially when the premises are unoccupied or when people are in bed. Flying insects are the major pollinators on this planet and without pollination…


Giorgos Lappas exhibition in Hania on the Greek island of Crete to August 31 Maria Maragou, notes, “Look- to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 “Giorgos Lappas – From lery of Hania. ing at the terrific output of this prolific artist and its endless refutations, one can’t help thinking of Degas saying, ‘I spend my life experimenting.’” Opening hours are Mondays

Dance Days Festival in Cretan city of Chania The eighth edition of the and impact of time on thought The

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Dance Days Hania Interna- and motion. tional Contemporary Dance Festival in Crete explored prevailing dance trends in Greece, Europe and around the world through performances and seminars. It offered a commentary on the agility of youth and meaningfulness of experience, while addressing the rapid pace of life

... and some poems from our readers... “Better safe than sorry” In ancient Rome it was the law That if your bull was prone to gore You wrapped around its horn with straw – A danger sign to not ignore. So sensible and furthermore I have a variant in store That we should use I do implore For sorting out who to adore. Until you bed them you’re not sure If your new partner tends to snore; What if a snorer had to draw Some little mark on his/her jaw – A “dating app” that would ensure Bad snorers showed two marks or more? Terrific plan with just one flaw – I’d need to show about a score. *****

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“Musing on muses” I’m going through a time of drought – The poems in me won’t come out! My brain, once fertile, now declines To furnish any rhyming lines. No half-formed verse disturbs my night; My notebook page stays virgin white. Perhaps a case of “writer’s block” But what if I’m now “out of stock”? How can I tell? How would I know it, If I had ceased to be a poet?

“Revenge is a dish not eaten” Of local roosters I’m a fan – When in the form of coq au vin. Rather less so when they bray “Oh, look! A bright and lovely day!” There’s one that senses when I’m deep In calm, contented, restful sleep And dreaming that I’m young and rich! That’s when my hands begin to itch To wrap themselves around its neck While inwardly I run a check Of what ingredients could be A useful rooster recipe. Which is as far as I will get: The reason it’s not happened yet The basis of that rooster’s luck? I know he’d be a pain to pluck. *****

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“Boom in business” Though 30 years now in the past I still remember how aghast We stood before the photo shop Where, when in town, we’d sometimes stop Because one photo you could see Was of our son – aged then round three. And smart he looked in his small kilt But this time there was something spilt In all directions – some thick goo With here and there a seed or two –

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in everyday life was also discussed. Performances at various points around the city, dance film projections, and a conference titled “Borders, Limits and Context in Modern Dance,” as well as a photography exhibition, were organised for m ore to run alongside the http: news click //cret o epos n t.gr festival’s main program.

(all poems of thins month written by Niall Finn)

Was spread throughout the whole display. Then I remembered with dismay I’d seen a pumpkin, huge and round, Placed in the window on the ground; A sure-fire way to catch the eye Of customers and passers-by. A clever thought but quite undone By hours and hours of baking sun That heated up this decoration Until the point of detonation. It split apart the pumpkin skin And scattered all the flesh within. *****

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“Inflated with self-importance” The London skies, I’ve heard, will soon Be featuring a new balloon That has the face of Donald Trump And, nappy clad, his massive rump. Trump Baby – since the man reacts Just like an infant if the facts Are not in tune with what he’s said – A temper tantrum’s thrown instead. Since even plastic Trumps have mass The envelope is filled with gas; Perhaps they thought it wasn’t fair To float the thing with Trump hot air. I’ll miss it, though, won’t catch a glimpse Of one of history’s better

blimps. And just as well – the prospect’s grim Of ever looking up to him. *****

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“Ungentlemanly strategy” Mosquitoes see my hairy legs And say “That flesh just simply begs To be mosquito tea or lunch; Let’s have a little, tasty munch!” One way I’ve tried to dodge this fate Is coat myself in what they hate. Unfortunately, citronella Smells quite sweet and I’m a fella. Whisky works and smells quite nice; The major drawback is the price. Another is the frequent clunk Against the light bulb when they’re drunk. There are some firms I know that make A sort of spiral toxic snake Which slowly burns and gives off smoke But I’m a clumsy kind of bloke Who finds he cannot get apart Their “two for one” snake work of art. One or both will surely break So, since I’m selfish, for my sake I offer invites to my place For ladies who, while fair of face, Possess one vital thing as well – A more mosquito-friendly smell. And thus I prosper and I thrive While they are eaten up alive.

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While telling their own stories, Lappas’s figures also reflect the artist’s interests and his ties with history, civilization and psychoanalysis. As the museum’s art director,

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Here to Eternity” is a career-spanning exhibition of works by the late Cairo-born sculptor nowadays on display at the Municipal Art Gal-


Why Greek Salad is so good for your health Greek salad is not only

Greece’s most popular salad, it has now become one of the planet’s most loved, and for a very good reason. Traditional Greek salad, also known as Xoriatiki, is packed with vitamins and minerals that are proven to assist maintain a healthy body and mind. Even though these days there are many variations, an authentic Greek salad features tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, Feta, oregano and olive oil. The combination of these ingredients is a simple way to add key vitamins and minerals to your n o k c everyday diet and over s cli .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret h summer we can guarantee you most Greeks do consume a Xoriatiki every single day!

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Low-calorie and nutrient-dense Greek salad is low-calorie and nutrient-dense, also providing you with a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron. It also contains phytonutrients and antioxidants, which reduces the risk of health complications such as heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been connected to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.

Cucumbers are low in calories but contain many significant vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content. Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels. Oregano health benefits include reducing infections, preventing damage to cells by free radicals, treatment of common cold, treating menstrual cramps, preventing cancer, relieving inflammation and killing intestinal parasites. Other benefits includes combating bacteria, supporting heart health, supporting the body with nutrients, facilitating weight loss and improving digestion. Olive oil is rich in vitamins, it has antioxidant properties, so it might help prevent or

What about Cretan Nutrition? The excellent health and matic conditions of the island

longevity of Cretans are attributed in their traditional diet. The Cretan Diet constitutes the model of Mediterranean diet that has been recognized since the antiquity as ideal for the maintenance of health and longevity. Crete is famous for its rich agricultural production and the excellent quality of its products. The local dishes, the home made foods and the outstanding wine have made it famous, while the Cretan diet constitutes the pattern of the Mediterranean diet that has been recognized as ideal for the maintenance of health and longevity. What most “shines” in Crete is the oil! The land and the cli-

encourage the production of premium quality olive oil. The many days of sunlight that last up to late in the fall are ideal for the flourishing of the olive tree. Moreover, the Cretans have big experience, knowledge of generations, excellent infrastructures and a lot of taste in order to make the correct choices for the culture of olive. What more? The quality of Cretan olive oil production is also proved by the fact that during the past few years, the great percentage of olive oil that is produced in the island belongs to the category “extra virgin” that is found in the top of scale. Concretely, while in 1980 hardly the 45% of the production was included in this qual-

reverse damage from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation and it moisturizes and fights bacteria. Olive oil also reduces brain inflammation and is believed to help fight off Alzheimer’s disease. Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Olives are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are beneficial for the heart, and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer. Feta cheese is mainly made from sheep or goat milk (often combined) and it is a nutrient-rich option and a deliciously flavoured dairy. Feta’s nutritional overview includes significant protein; calcium; B-complex vitamins riboflavin, vitamin B6, B12, and pan-

tothenic acid; vitamin A; iron; phosphorus; zinc; and many trace minerals (selenium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese).

itative type, since the new millenium, the Cretans give in the market 95% of their production, which is characterized as extra virgin olive oil! Some of the traditional dishes that it worth tasting during your stay in Chania are kalitsoynia with spinach, fennel or agriochorta, sfakianes pies, kreatotoyrta, chochlioys (snails) cooked in various recipes, chaniotiko mpoureki, gamopilafo, spaghetti with anthotyro and boiled or ofto (roasted) goat, apaki or sygklino (smoked pork), villager sausages but also fresh fishes and seafoods. You can accompany them with wild grasses, ntako (Cretan rusk with tomato, rigani, feta and olive oil) and dairy products as Cretan gruyere, mizithra and staka (custard from

fresh milk). You should taste xerotigana, that is also the traditional sweet for the marriages. And of course you should clink your glasses with raki, the drink of Cretans. You will find also local wines, local beers and refreshments. Do not forget to visit the Municipal Market of Chania (working hours: from Monday until Saturday, 08.00 -20.00), this architectural jewel of Chania that works since 1913 and constitutes a preservable monument, the heart of the commerce and tourism of the city with the innumerable traditional shops, in which each visitor can supply himself with local products such as thyme honey, cheese, drained herbs for refreshments (eg malotira and melissochorto) a.o.

Greek salad: Ingredients & Method (Serves 6) – 3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into medium pieces or wedges. – 2 cucumbers, sliced. – 1 small red onion, thinly sliced. – salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. – 4 tablespoons olive oil. – 1 & 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano. -3/4 (200g) Feta, crumbled. – handful Greek olives. -combine all ingredients in bowl, toss and serve. greekcitytimes.com


Six reasons Greek Olive Oil is the ultimate superfood Greek olive oil is packed

with essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K and vitamin E. It also contains calcium, iron, sodium, and potassium. Worldwide studies have linked the consumption of olive oil with health benefits, such as a heightened immune system, anti-inflammatory properties and protection against Alzheimer’s. Specifically, Greek extra virgin olive oil, in comparison with other olive oils on the market, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%), way below the minimum 0.9% setn o k c up from the EU and US s cli .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret h authorities. Consuming Greek olive oil is one of the best products you can add to your diet, in order to obtain major health benefits. Olive oil happens to contain plenty of beneficial polyphenols—the natural compounds in plant foods with antioxidant properties and is significantly high in healthy oleic acid—a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. Let’s take a closer look at why you should start pouring more of this liquid gold straight into your food:

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Reduces the risk of cancer Oleocanthal, the phytonutrient in olive oil, mimics the effect of ibuprofen in reducing inflammation, which can decrease the risk of breast cancer and its recurrence. Lowers Cholesterol Olive oil lowers the levels of total blood cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides. At the same time, it does not alter the levels of HDL-cholesterol (and may even raise them), which plays a protective role and prevents the formation of fatty patches, thus stimulating the elimination of

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to be the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease.

Lowers blood pressure Regular consumption of olive Tip- it’s best to add olive oil oil can help decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Lowers risk of arthritis Although the reasons are still not fully clear, recent studies have proved that people with diets containing high levels of olive oil are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. Improves bone calcification A high consumption of olive oil has been shown to improve bone calcification. It helps calcium absorption and so plays an important role in aiding sufferers and in preventing the onset of osteoporosis. Helps prevent Alzheimer’s Olive oil reduces brain inflammation and activates the autophagy process, whereby intracellular debris and toxins are removed. Such debris and toxins are firm markers of Alzheimer’s disease. A reduction in autophagy, researchers claim, is suspected

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Why did Ancient Greeks recline to eat and drink Surviving images in potter-

ies, frescos, wine cups and sculptures show ancient Greeks reclining to one side to eat, drink and chat with friends. Reclining and dining in ancient Greece began at least as early as the 7th century B.C. and was later picked up by the Romans. There are no known health benefits from reclining to eat and drink. The discomfort of stuffing yourself with a big meal might be eased by lying down. But only on one side. The ability to swallow food is impaired by lying down. Furthermore, the chance of food going down into your windpipe, and choking on food is more likely. Acidic contents of the stomach have a greater likelihood of “refluxing” back up into your esophagus, throat and mouth if you are lying down. Reclining during meals spread throughout the Mediterranean Region Yet, ancient Greeks persisted. It must have been both comfortable and convenient, since reclining during meals spread throughout the Mediterranean Region and survived for over a

millennium. Scientists believe that to eat lying down, while others served you, was a sign of power and luxury enjoyed by the elite. People further down the social ladder copied the laid-back dining style when they could afford to. Getty did an experiment recently by resurrecting the ancient feasts. Greek dining couches of the archaic and classical periods were intended for men and, scarcely, their female companions.

The couches were “single beds” that could accommodate an extra person, especially during a symposion (symposium), the after-dinner male drinking party. From seven to fifteen beds were arranged against the walls of the andron, the male dining room, each bed with its own little table and even a step stool. Rather than actually lying down, the men reclined on their left elbows and used their right hands to eat and drink. They propped themselves up

quite high on pillows and held their balance by bending their right knees and bracing them against the left. Women didn’t generally get invited to banquets except for rare occasions like wedding banquets and even then they had to sit upright. It was only in ancient Rome that customs changed, permitting upper-class women to lounge alongside men.

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Dakos This one is a no-brainer. Though you can eat dakos virtually anywhere in Greece, this simple meze should be top of the list when you set foot in Crete. Though its name may vary from one region to another – some call it koukouvagia – dakos is a light yet filling salad based on barley rusks, or paximadi. These are lightly soaked in water or olive oil to soften them, and topped with grated

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Greece, Crete is nearly a country of its own – and for many years, this was actually the case. Though it is no longer an independent entity, visitors can easily discern a strong, singular Cretan identity – and the same can be said about its cuisine, with plenty of local foods to discover in each region across the island. Though choosing items to try when in Crete is a rather Herculean task given its diverse gastronomy, here is our top selection of must-eat options on this storied Greek island.

and spread, it is lightly fried in snails (chochlios) – often still creamy sheep or goat cheese. a pan, just like a pancake. alive – are first fried with flour For the final touch, virgin olive and hot olive oil in a pan, hence oil is sprinkled on the dakos, Kalitsounia the name boubouristi, which is with a pinch of salt, pepper Kalitsounia are small pies the popping sound you hear and oregano. mainly made with cheese when the snails are fried. The though available in a variety of next step involves dousing the Gamopilafo options, including a sweet one. snails with wine vinegar and If you know a little bit of Greek, The savoury version involves a rosemary. then you might have guessed phyllo paste and can include what gamopilafo is. A combi- different ingredients such as Chaniotiko Boureki nation of gamos – the Greek spinach and horta. For the Typically from Chania, the chaword for wedding – and pilaf, sweet version, rosewater, cin- niotiko boureki is a simple yet gamopilafo is a rice dish tradi- namon and sugar are added to tasty zucchini and potato pie. tionally eaten at Cretan wed- the filling. Highly appreciated Also called kolokythoboureko dings. Nowadays however, the throughout the year, they de- (from kolokytho, pumpkin or dish can be found in many tav- serve to be tried when you get zucchini), chaniotiko boureerna on the island. Somewhat a chance. ki includes zucchini, potatoes similar to a risotto, the dish and mizithra cheese, covered is made with rice cooked in a Apaki by a sheet of pastry. meat broth with a dash of lem- Apaki is smoked and salton juice and butter. The result ed pork meat. Left to mari- Raki is a rich, creamy dish you will nate for two or three days in You cannot go to Crete and easily fall in love with. a strong vinegar, the meat is not try raki, the local version then smoked with aromatic of tsipouro. This strong spirit is Sfakia pies (Sfakianes pites) herbs and spices. Apaki can be a pomace brandy made from These delicious ‘pies’ are from cooked and eaten on its own grapes, served in taverna and the southern coastal region or added to omelets, legumes, kafeneia. Called tsikoudia in of Sfakia and may best be de- vegetables or salads. certain regions of Crete, raki is scribed as cheese-stuffed panto be drunk from a shot glass cakes, although you may also Fried Snails (Chochlioi Bou- without any water added. It is find fillings of horta as well. bouristi) the perfect drink to accompaThe dough includes raki and This is a dish for the adventur- ny mezes. theculturetrip.com olive oil and once it is filled er foodie. In this Cretan dish,

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What To Do With Your Pets When You Go On Vacation Whether you’re gone a week or six months there are three main options for your pet when you’re on vacation. You can have someone take care of your pet in your house, have your pet go to someone else’s place or take your pet with you. What you do with them depends on how long you’re traveling, how much money you’re willing to spend and how much you trust others to take care of your extended family. Keep your pet at home when you travel For us, keeping our cat at home and hiring a pet sitter works well for short trips. We’ve asked a neighbor to watch over him in the ck on ws cli post.gr e n e r e past, but as our friends for mo ttp://cret h get busier with kids and work, it’s become more of an imposition, so we find it easier to hire someone.

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Hire a Professional Pet Sitter The main disadvantage of hiring a sitter is that it can be a bit costly. $20 per visit is fairly standard, which can add up over longer trips. Professional sitters are generally very dependable (but check references carefully) and they know how to take care of animals. Our pet sitter even has Pet First Aid training and is insured and bonded. Pet sitters generally visit once a day for cats and

twice for dogs.

ing other people’s things Food, toys, yard, cage, etc. are already set up and your pet already knows the lay of the land No other animals to compete or fight with Your pets can eat the same foods as usual and can keep up with their daily routine The people looking after your pets can also watch the house for you (taking in mail, cleaning walkways, turning on lights, etc.) to give the appearance that someone is home You can just leave the keys and go

Ask a Neighbor, Friend or Family Member This is usually the cheapest option, and is especially good if your pet is familiar with their sitter. If you ask a neighbor or a friend who lives nearby, they can probably come more often than a paid professional. The downside is that if your sitter sees it more as a favor than a job, they might not be as responsible as someone that is being paid. If you want to make their job a little easier, consider getting an automatic water fountain or food dispenser for your pet. Disadvantages: Animals can get lonely if no Find a House Sitter one is around all day House sitters usually live full There’s a greater danger of time in your house, so your missed feedings or walks pets theoretically get the same There’s a greater chance of care you would give them. accidents on the floors Pets get constant supervision Animals will always be on the and attention. lookout for you, which could Because a house sitter lives in lead to stress in some animals your house while you’re away, Unfamiliar care takers may you would need to be com- get attacked when arriving – fortable with them having full especially true with hamsters access to your things. This is and turtles generally an affordable option, as you’re trading accom- Tips modation for pet care, though Make sure you can trust whosome pet sitters are paid extra. ever is taking care of your pet. Whether it’s a business or a Advantages of leaving your professional sitter you don’t pet at home: know, always ask for referrals. Your pet is in their familiar If your pet is staying somesetting (especially good for where else, ask to look around cats) the place to get an idea of how There’s no danger of damag- clean it is and how well the

other pets are being cared for. If possible, take your pet there ahead of time so that they can get used to the place while you can provide reassurance. Bring familiar toys and objects to make their stay more enjoyable. Also make sure they have your emergency contact information, any special needs your pet may have and, if possible, a local contact they can deal with in case you’re unavailable. In general, cats are most comfortable in their own homes and don’t require the constant attention a dog requires. If your trip is short, it might be best to have someone come in to see them daily and to make sure their litter gets changed. Cats should always have enough food and water to last an extra few days in case your sitter is unexpectedly called away. Dogs are usually more social than cats and require more constant attention. It’s best to have a dog living with someone, whether in your home or someplace else. Preferably, have your dog stay someplace they’re familiar with. It’s common for dogs that are left at home when their owners travel to spend the better part of the day staring at the door waiting for you to come home. It’s also common for dogs left somewhere else to act out and behave differently, so make sure whoever is taking care of them has their best interests at heart.


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Tips To Prevent Summer Allergies When Traveling Preventing summer allerby Miltiades Markatos Pneumonologist

gies when traveling can be challenging if you don’t know what types of allergens are actually out there. Let’s discuss some of the common causes of allergies during summer months.

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Pollen One of the most common and notorious allergens is pollen. In fact, its presence can be felt no matter what season or time of year it is. Being airborne, you can’t actually prevent pollen from triggering another allergic reactions. For travelers, one option is to compromise by staying somewhere on r s click re new cretepost.g o indoors when pollen m r / fo http:/ count is at high levels. Also, wearing large sunglasses and wide hats may help lessen the chances of pollen getting in your nose and eyes. Insect stings Insect stings can also trigger allergies. Mosquitoes, bees, hornets, and wasps thrive during the late weeks of summer until early fall. If you’re traveling, you’ll most likely encounter one or two of these stingers. While stings are much less common than other allergens, a bad sting can be life-threatening. As much as possible, keep your body covered by wearing full sleeved clothes and avoid going outside with bare skin. A good practice is to wear footwear at all times rather than walk barefoot in grassy terrains. Poison Ivy Poison ivy is another culprit

for allergic attacks during the warmer months. Sensitivity to poison ivy and related plants are very common, yet most people have adapted to the environments where poison ivy are prevalent. If they do get it, they are able to seek treatment immediately without the condition getting serious.

the fruit to avoid any unwanted sheets, as well as bare floors effects and reactions. without any tapestries.

Travel With Windows Closed To Reduce Exposure When traveling, whether it be in a rental car or bus, some people keep their vehicle’s windows closed and the air conditioner continuously running. This is a good practice to reAvoid Fruits That Can Cause duce exposure to allergens. Cross Reactions Make sure you maintain the Summer is synonymous with car’s filter to maximize its effithe thirst-quenching fruit juic- ciency in keeping the allergens es like watermelon and coco- outside and the indoor air fresh nut. and clean. Unfortunately, some people who are allergic to specific pol- Ask For Allergy Free Units In len particles can suffer from a Hotels cross reaction after intake of If you are allergic to mold and these foods. are planning to stay in a hotel Melon, apple, and celery are a good option would be to ask some of the most common for a room that gets sufficient fruits known to cause this cross sunlight and is away from the reaction. swimming pool. If you’re on the road and are You could ask the hotel if they planning on trying some local have any allergy-free units. fruits, make sure you consider These rooms are outfitted with the presence of allergens inside a mattress and synthetic pillow

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biolo gical honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you. Our philosophy doesn’t stop on food and supplements but we want you to think of your mind and body as well. That’s why we have created next to our pharmacy the Green Care SPA. A SPA that helps to uplift your mind and body with biological face an body treatments, reflexology, reiky, su jok and moxa treatment, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy sessions, bowtech as well as nail therapies. We are waiting for you to restart your life at Daskalogianni 43 - 45, SAKKA Pharmacy www.my-pharmacy.gr / www.greencarespa.gr

Additional Tips Many experienced travelers also pack certain things that will protect them from allergens during their travels. These include: - Allergy medication like antihistamine tablets and eye drops, - Copies of prescription medication in case they need refills, and - Saline nasal spray to keep their nostrils moist during the trip. Saline nasal spray helps lessen the pollen collected from your nostrils, which ultimately lessens sneezing and a runny nose. Use these tips and tricks as you travel around the globe to keep yourself and your travel buddies safe and free from allergies. careworkshealth.com


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