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Crete in the best affordable destinations in Europe

European cities can be expensive, but high price tags don’t have to be prohibitive across the continent. Based on user votes and expert recommendations, U.S News ranked the destinations where tourists can experience Europe without breaking the bank. Among the 12 destinations, a Greek island is featured. Crete is in no.8.

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Unparalleled Mediterranean views are the reason you should pick Crete

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It can be a struggle deciding

which Greek Island to head to on holiday, but Crete should definitely top the list. The picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos boasts amazing views of the Mediterranean. Even with over fifty Greek islands to choose from, it’s hard to see how this holiday destination can be beaten. One of the most remarkable things about the area is how quiet it is, all you can hear are

waves lapping at the shore. Agios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the island, lying east of the island’s capital Heraklion, north of the town of Lerapetra and west of the town of Sitia. If you fancy stretching your legs, the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos is only a short walk away. It’s streets are a colourful, lively blend of bars, traditional tavernas, boutiques and even an old antiques shop.

At night the town comes to life – when the harbour is lit by bars around the Voulismeni Lake. The Cretan Olive Oil farm was a great find – set up to ‘breath new life’ into the disappearing traditions, the farm produces its own olive oil. It even offers ceramic lessons and cooking workshops. Visitors can walk through the 135 year old working olive oil press, ceramic workshop, herbal gardens, wine and raki dis-

tilleries, beekeepers station, sun-drying beds and olive farm. If you’re feeling adventurous, visitors can also jump on a boat from Agios Nikolaus to the island of Spinalonga – a former leper colony – to the north of the island. For those struggling to decide which Greek Island to head to on their summer holiday – Crete definitely has a lot to offer.

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Crete & Santorini in 10 most popular destinations for Brits this summer

Short-haul: Gran Canaria offers best bargain When comparing the average cost of a week’s holiday among the top ten short-haul destinations, across the whole of the summer season, Benidorm offers the best value overall at £1,190. However, when comparing specific travel dates, Gran Canaria actually offers the least expensive week available to book on TripAdvisor this summer.

Long-haul: Biggest savings found in Dubai When looking at the top ten long-haul destinations, Bangkok is the cheapest overall, both for the average cost of a week’s holiday (£1,144) and when considering individual dates over the summer (£973 if travelling at the end of May). However, if evaluating where travellers can save the most this summer by avoiding peak travel dates, it is actually Dubai

could be made if travelling on 5th June instead of during the peak dates of 19th – 25th June, making these resorts significantly more affordable. “This report demonstrates that travellers who choose their travel dates carefully when planning a trip abroad this summer stand a chance of picking up some major savings when they are ready to book the right hotel for more news click on http://cre tepost.gr for their travel needs.

tinations for British holiday-goers this summer, based on the greatest increase in seasonal hotel booking interest, along with the average one-week holiday costs for hotels and airfares. The report helps travellers discover savings at popular travel destinations by highlighting the least expensive week to visit.

By avoiding the peak travel period in July and opting instead for a visit to Gran Canaria on 19 June, Brits could save a massive 194% on the cost of a hotel and flights. During the week of 29th May, UK travellers heading to Ibiza could save 136% compared to peak prices, and those jetting off to Ibiza at the beginning of June could save 49%.

and the Maldives that offer the best savings for Brits who choose their dates wisely. While these destinations are among the most expensive overall, when travelling to Dubai on 12th June UK holidaymakers can save a staggering 177% compared to prices in July and in the case of the Maldives, a saving of 134%

If you are considering a holiday in Gran Canaria during the week of 19th June for example, you can book it on TripAdvisor for a whopping £375 less than the average week’s cost over the rest of the summer – that’s more than the cost of a flight to Malta!” advised Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

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Crete & Santorini are among the 10 most popular destinations for Brits this summer, according to TripAdvisor Data. Ibiza and Bali are the most popular short and long haul destinations for Brits travelling abroad this summer, according to the travel and booking site, TripAdvisor. Spain boasts five of the top 10 short-haul destinations: Ibiza, Majorca, Barcelona, Benidorm and Gran Canaria, which take first, third, seventh, eighth and tenth place. On the long-haul list, there are four Asian and three US destinations in the top 10 – Bali, Orlando, Las Vegas, Maldives, New York Bangkok and Phuket take first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth place respectively. The TripAdvisor Summer Holiday Value report published today has revealed the top 10 long-haul and short-haul des-


Greek Gov’t Offers Free Internet to 13 Remote Island Communities

Gavdos is One of Them A plan announced last year

to offer remote island communities free or subsidized Internet access is set to be implemented on 13 Greek isles in the coming months, Shipping and Island Policy Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis said. According to a reply sent by the Shipping Ministry to a request by the mayors of 13 island municipalities last week, the plan foresees subsidizing devices and subscription costs for free broadband sern vices for some 10,831 o s click

households on the islands of Lipsi, Gavdos, Chalki, Agathonisi, Tilos, Agios Efstratios, Anafi, Sikinos, Psarra, Megisti, Folegandros, Oinousses and Kimolos. The aim, the statement said, is to “ease the feeling of isolation experienced by our islands… and is part of the technological upgrade of island regions which will help residents familiarize themselves with digital technologies and services, as well as improve the services provided by businesses and public services”.

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Do Men of Business Make Better Leaders of Government than Politicians? The opinion of an Englishman

by Hobson Tarrant

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Well if truth be told, I

have been banging the drum for years about how governments need more men or women that have proven their worth by actually working for a living in the real world. The contrast obviously being set against this dreadful modern trend of self aggrandisement of career politicians who merely believe that the rules of life, with all of its pitfalls and foibles, will happily follow the pathways as described in text books, or smoothly enmesh with the mind manipulation tutoring of university professors with their own vested interests and leanings. But then almost without warning, my wish is suddenly thrust upon me... Yes...Enter stage left one Mr Donald Trump! Yet how humbling it is to now realise that being able to define a body as a ‘Man of Business’ does not automatically provide the simple cure to the leadership ills that I have long since envisaged. Now in my defence, I do have to utter that Donald, if I may be so bold as to call him thus, is not by definition exactly from the mould that I had conjured with colourful hue into my mind’s eye. In saying this, I readily accept all the blame that falls due for my shortfall in not more closely describing the essential ingredients that created my ‘ideal businessman’ image, a portrait in thought that sadly our Donny does not

fill the shoes of in a number of uncertain terms. My business created leader of men, was by perfection destined to be a self made man. An entrepreneur who by the sweat of his, or her, own brow and dexterity of thought had fought against the odds to forge a life built on success where others had failed. Yet our newly appointed Don is by comparison merely a shadow, an inheritor of his families invention, who was bequeathed a vast fortune and a readymade business empire that bears his name but is not of his making. Indeed to date, our Trump junior’s biggest claim to fame has been to inspire above average television ratings as a belligerent reality show host, his true credentials as a businessman extending only as far as to lord over his companies as a figurehead, whilst his chosen men of skill are ruled by delegation, dictate and ultimately bullying and fear. So I suppose one should ask... that if his companies continue

to survive or even thrive under such conditions, then would not government also benefit from his whiles? Well I’d have to admit with candour that I don’t really believe that they would. You see, much as it grieves me to give politicians any kind of credit for anything, they do in hindsight have something to offer that our Donny-boy appears to lack, that being a wider understanding of the social and historical aspects of running a country. Aspects that take into account what has gone before, an element of considering the effect of decisions on the nations citizens (even if only to a cursory level) and probably most importantly a fundamental priority and duty to keep the nation safe from harm. Here our dearly beloved Mr Trump appears to oscillate from a cash register and gameshow host mentality to becoming John Wayne with two six-guns loaded and eager to blaze. His attempted reversal of

Obamacare only benefits the rich whilst leaving the poor more exposed and vulnerable. The proposed reduction in taxes for the rich is supposed to release funds for investment to create jobs in coal, manufacture and construction, but is a long term strategy that creates highly significant short term debt for the country. Then probably most worrying for the world as a whole, he is trying to systematically disassemble the intelligence and checks and balances services that ensure no single entity can run roughshod over democracy without being drawn back into line. The list could continue, but for brevity, suffice to say some dangerous and risky decisions are too rapidly blasted from Twitter to be properly thought through. A tactic which can only result in disaster of one form or another. So whereas in the past I have openly advocated that more self styled people of business should take prominence in government. I would now amend my words of opinion to include that such entrepreneur involvement should be counter balanced by the professional politician and that neither businessman nor politicians alone make better leaders of government. Of course I am sad having to come to this conclusion as I have for so many years enjoyed lambasting the men of politics for every ill known to man.


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of May in beautiful Apokoronas and the weathby Yannis Xamonakis er gods have not yet made apokoronasnews.gr their minds up about calling an end to the winter. A murky and weather-wise changeable end of a spring that followed an unusually long, cold and wet winter. So here we go again and the new season brings with it anew the usual problems of the season that recur year after year like gridlocked village roads, abandoned animals, the increase in road accidents on what passes as ck on li c a national road, the inr s .g re new epost for mo ttp://cret creased volume of rubh bish. All things that we have all been complaining about for years with very little effect. And it is true the local councils, particularly the one in Apokoronas is trying to do their best, and significant progress is made in some areas – particularly with abandoned and stray animals, while in others like the road network, the solutions are often outside the jurisdiction of the local council. As for the rubbish, we need to consider that for the system to work properly some degree of cooperation between the good citizens and businesses and the authorities is required for the system to work effectively, something which is often lacking. All things considered, we are once again prepared to mud-

dle through the difficulties for another season forget the hassles life here throws at us and enjoy all the good things about the place. The beaches, the views, the walks, the sun and the summer that does not yet know it has arrived. While it is still not warm enough for most locals to dip into the sea this year, some visitors from cold northern climates have been spotted in the water or soaking the hazy sunshine on many of the 10 Blue Flag awarded beaches around Apokoronas. While many beaches are of the “swim at your own risk” variety, Blue Flag beaches have the added advantage of having lifeguards posted for certain hours of the day during the summer months. Life guards save many lives every year. Unfortunately though, people have died on the beaches of Crete, both lo-

cals and visitors, mostly older but some young and fit people too, many of whom are experienced swimmers and snorkelers. Sadly, some 30 people died in the water in Crete alone last year, a number high enough to prompt minister of Island Policy to announce a programme that includes better education for the young and practical swimming lessons. But this is a long term solution, that applies mostly to the local population. The minister however also suggested that local businesses could make a contribution in supplying better information to customers and by meeting some of the costs of extending the life saver’s services on popular beaches. And since about half of the victims last season were visitors that would appear to be an excellent idea. Tour operators and hotels could provide more infor-

mation about the hazards of swimming in the sea. For even a sea as inviting and apparently calm can hide many dangers, the most serious being underwater rip currents. Obviously the safest place to swim is always between the flags on a patrolled beach, but this isn’t always practical given the length of the Cretan coast line and the number of beautiful beaches Perhaps the use of warning signs with maps of blackspots similar to the warning signs used in dangerous roads in many countries, recommendations of alternative stretches of water and better information for visitors – Greek and non Greek – at the hotels and tour operator desks would help to save some lives this summer and avoid the pain and suffering of the loved ones who are left behind every time an incident in the water results to a life being lost.


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Genetic quirk in people from isolated Cretan villages is found to protect them against deadly heart disease lated population of 1,700 peoPeople living in isolated

Cretan mountains villages live long and healthy lives thanks to a unique gene that protects them against heart disease, scientists have discovered. Researchers studied the villagers in an area of northern Crete because they had low cases of heart disease despite eating lots of animal fats. The study, for the first ck on ws cli post.gr e n time made a genetic e r e for mo ttp://cret h portrait of the population of Zoniana and Anogia by sequencing the entire genome of 250 individuals. They found a new genetic variant, common among villagers, which appears to protect the heart by lowering levels of ‘bad’ fats and cholesterol. Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute found that the variant is 40 times more common in this

small Greek population than in other European populations. Lead author, Professor Eleftheria Zeggini said: ‘Genetic studies like this can help us begin to understand why this is.’ The new gene variant found was associated with lower levels of both ‘bad’ fats and cholesterol The team used the results to give a more detailed view of approximately 3,200 people for whom previous genetic information was known. Heart disease is associated

ple from mountainous villages in the Pomak region of northern Greece. It discovered four separate genetic variants that affect diastolic blood pressure, fasting glucose levels, white blood cell count and haemoglobin levels. Professor Zeggini said: ‘This study shows the importance of looking at the entire genome to better understand the genetic architecture of a population.. ‘We are finding new genetic variants we haven’t seen before. ‘We have discovered a medically relevant genetic variant for traits related to cardiovascular disease, the most common cause of death worldwide.’ The findings were published in Nature Communication.

with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries and an increased risk of blood clots. One of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, it can cause damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes. The villagers were found to get type 2 diabetes at the same rate as the general Greek population, but they do not appear to suffer from the usual complications of the disease, such as diabetic kidney disease. The team also studied an iso- Daily Mail

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Five Regions Collect Most 2016 Travel Receipts in Greece. Crete came 2nd Five out of 13 regions in ros), Central Macedonia (1,688 sand), Attica (4,543 thousand), overnight stays, Greece accounted for the better part (87.5 percent) of the 12,749 million euros in travel revenue for 2016, according to data released by the Bank of Greece, which announced that it will from now issue regional breakdown of inbound travel receipts, visits and overnight stays on a quarterly basis. According to the figures, the South Aegean (3,136 million euros), Crete (3,095 million euros), Attica (1,734 million eu-

million euros) and the Ionian Islands (1,504 million euros) led the way with the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Epirus, Western Greece, the North Aegean, Central Greece and Western Macedonia accounting for the remaining 1,592 million euros. Visits for 2016, across the 13 regions came to 28,376 thousand with the six most popular destinations – Central Macedonia (6,395 thousand visits), the South Aegean (5,227 thou-

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Crete (4,537 thousand), the Ionian Islands (2,457 thousand) and Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (1,363 thousand) – accounting for 86.4 percent of total visits. The Peloponnese, Epirus, Thessaly, Western Greece, Central Greece, Western Macedonia and the North Aegean accounted for 3,854 thousand visits. Overnight stays in 2016, meanwhile, totalled 190,402 thousand with five regions accounting for 85.1 percent of total

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namely the South Aegean (39,996 thousand nights), Crete (39,378 thousand), Central Macedonia (36,330 thousand), Attica (24,769 thousand) and the Ionian Islands (21,493 thousand). The average length of stay was 6.7 nights. At the same time, average spending in 2016 per visit across the report’s 13 regions came to 449 euros but varied widely with the highest average recorded on Crete at 682 euros.


PCBs and Lulu Polychlorinated

biphenyl (PCB) is a substance discovered in the 19th Century and has been used in many industries since then. The list of uses includes coolant for electrical transformers, heat stabilisers in electrical cables and electronic components, carbonless copy paper, adhesives and pesticide extenders. Its usage has declined since the 1960s when adverse side effects were identified. But they are still found in the environment today because of the long life on k c li c and probably still used, s re new t.gr for mo /cretepos although banned. http:/ PCBs do not break down easily or degrade, which made them especially attractive to industry, but although many have reduced in many ecosystems since being banned in the 1970s there is still a major concern. PCBs are now known to accumulate up the food chain, and can cause poor health, damage to the immune system, increased susceptibility to cancer, and even infertility.

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In the last few weeks an Orca (also known as a killer whale) was discovered dead on a Scottish shore after becoming entangled in fishing gear. The Orca, known as Lulu was a part of a pod of whales that was being studied and is also the last known resident pod in UK waters. A report looking into her death shows that things for the UK pod, which now numbers only 8 individuals, may be even worse than imagined. Detailed scientific analysis of Lulu’s blubber found that she had some of the highest levels of toxic pollutants ever recorded in an Orca found in this region. The levels of PCB found in Lulu are thought to be 100 times greater than what is considered the maximum toxic level for marine mammals. The results showed that Lulu had an astonishing 957 milligrams of PCB per kilogram of blubber, far higher than anything anyone has seen before in marine mammals, and way over the limit that is thought to cause harm.

The pod of killer whales Lulu belonged to is balancing on the edge of extinction. As the last known group of orca surviving in UK waters, they have never been observed interacting with any other pod from other waters, which researchers believe is a contributing factor to why their numbers are dwindling. But after studying her carcass, the researchers came to an even more alarming conclusion. Despite being at the prime breeding age of 20 Lulu had never born a calf in her entire life, suggesting that the high levels of pollution found in her blubber may have made her infertile. This has worrying implications for the rest of the pod, as in the last 23 years not a single calf has been observed in the Scottish group, which might suggest high pollution levels have caused the whole pod to be barren. “Lulu’s apparent infertility is an ominous finding for the longterm survivability of this group; with no new animals being

born, it is now looking increasingly likely that this small group will eventually go extinct,” Dr Andrew Brownlow, veterinary pathologist at Scotland’s Rural College, who helped analyse Lulu, said in a statement. “One of the factors in this groups’ apparent failure to reproduce could be their high burden of organic pollutants.” Orcas are at the top of their food chain and this discovery is very concerning not only because humans are top of their particular food chain but also this means that the food the pod has been eating is highly polluted (including the fish that the pod eats and also found in human diets). The Mediterranean is not exempt from the problem and Striped dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins and Orcas here have been found to have mean levels that markedly exceeded all known marine mammal PCB toxicity thresholds, particularly in the western Mediterranean. How long before the few fish left will need to be sold with a health warning?

of England with its own vicar, but it warmly welcomes everyone to come and worship and rest awhile. Over the years many visitors have found their way to this quiet spiritual oasis. Many have said how refreshing they have found being there and what a welcome they get. Some have said that they get “spiritually” recharged. St Thomas’s meets together every Sunday at 11:00 am with a warm welcome for all.

On 16th July it is celebrating the birthday and at 11:00am the Bishop of Europe will be there to lead and preach at a special birthday service. The message from St. Thomas is, “Come, whoever you are and wherever you are from and join in our celebration”. Directions to find the church are on its website www.theanglicanchurchincrete.co.uk

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Birthdays in Crete Being ten years old seems so old to a child. By the time the child becomes 50 or 60 ten years seems very little. The building set in the hills in front of the White Mountains with views across fields and olive groves is just a young ten years old. The place came out of the vision of a few led by Tony and Suzanne Lane as they gathered around their swimming pool. Tony developed the vision into actual buildings and gardens. When you arrive there at the top of the small drive in Kefalas near Vamos and walk down through a large gate you feel you are entering a private olive grove. Then you see amongst the trees a beautiful small stone built chapel. As you turn in front of it the door is open and the small chapel space leads your eye to a vibrant stained glass window. As you carry on passing the chapel under the cooling porch you enter a very attractive open space with a stone tiled floor. You stand still at the entrance and see the clear plastic walls rolled up and feel

the thick plastic roof protecting you from the sun. You see and hear busy insects flying the shortest route through it to the flowers around. Standing looking at the view of wild flowers and mountains you hear the sounds of birds singing out their territories. This amazing building and community that collects here celebrates its tenth birthday in July 2017. This is the church of St Thomas. It is a church within the Church

Revd Canon Philip Lambert, Anglican Chaplain, Crete.


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Greece’s Blue Flag beaches in World’s Top 3! Greece’s beaches have con-

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secutively been placed top three in the world of the highly coveted Blue Flags Program, announced the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF), on the occasion marking the 30th anniversary of the project. According to EEPF, which has been responsible for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s (FEE) Blue Flag program in Greece since 1992, its aim now is to achieve the first position for Greek beaches and coasts. on s click r w e n re t.g The Blue Flag Program for mo /cretepos http:/ is a world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe and is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. Through close collaboration with their members, the Foundation for Environmental Education works to ensure the programme’s expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally. When the program launched in 1987, the Blue Flag was awarded to 244 coasts worldwide and seven beaches were in Greece. Of the 3,568 beaches awarded last year 430 of those are in Greece.

On the initiative of the FEE, the Blue Flag Program labels beaches and marinas based on cleanliness, water quality, organisation, safety and services, environmental management and protection and certifies the best every year ahead of summer. Greece’s beaches have received the second largest number of Blue Flags in the world this year behind Spain. Greek beaches got a total of 486 flags – 56 more than last year. Most of the flags went to beaches in Halkidiki, northern Greece, Lasithi on Crete and the Cyclades islands. The Blue Flag is an international annual award – now in its 30th year – which is conferred on beaches that pass certain criteria including water cleanliness, amenities, environmental

information and management and safety. The awarded beaches in Chania (34) Municipality of Kandanos Selino Voulismeni Grammeno Pahia Ammos Chalikia Sougia Municipality of Kissamos Falassarna/Pahia Ammos 1 Falassarna/Pahia Ammos 2 Kastelli/Mavros Molos/Plaka Elafonissi Municipality of Platanias Geraniotis Limanaki/Porto Platanias Kolimbari Rapaniana/Cavo Spada

Municipality of Chania Stalos Agii Apostoli 1 Agii Apostoli 2 Chryssi Akti Agia Marina Kalamaki Marathi Stavros Agios Onoufrios Kalathas Nea Hora Municpality of Apokoronas Maistrali Kalyves/Xidas Almyrida Kiani Kavros/Mythos Palace Kavros/Eliros Mare Kavros/Anemos Kavros/Georgioupolis Resort Perastikos/Pilot Beach Perastikos/Mare Monte


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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)

Willkommen. Gleichzeitig is t Chania der Hauptort des gl eichnamigen R egionalbezirks, der ehemaligen Präfektur Chani a, der den gesamten Westen K retas umfasst. C hania war von bis 1971 die H 1841 auptstadt der In sel Kreta. Chania hat seit dem Ende der Fremdherrschaf in Schüben ve t ein rlaufendes star kes Bevölkeru swachstum zu ngverzeichnen. Die Markthalle von Chania stam mt aus den Jahr 1911 bis 1913. en Der Bau aus G usseisen mit off Dachstuhl wur enem de nach dem Vo rbild der Markt Marseille konz halle in ipiert.

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

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

- 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

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

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

<< The little sea village of Loutro, just 30 minutes from Chora Sfakion by ANENDYK Ferries. Excellent choice for a weekend “escape”. Great beach and good tavernas all over the place.

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

Imeri Gramvousa. There is an old ^^ shipwreck of a small cargo ship dating from 1968. << Everyone who comes to Crete is going to Platanias, the most famous place in Chania Prefecture. Full of tourists every summer, with sandy beaches, lots of stores, night clubs, restaurants and cafes.


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Ancient city of Aptera in Crete was revealed at special event in Athens

The emblematic ancient city of Aptera, one of the most important cities of Ancient Crete was presented in an event that took place on Wednesday 24 May at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. The event “Aptera, Research and promotion of an emblematic archaeological area for Western Crete” was held by Chanian Antiquities Ephorate and the region of Crete in cooperation with the Cultural Society of Crete. Aptera was one of the most important cityon k c li c states on Crete as its s re new t.gr for mo /cretepos strategic position on http:/ the Paleokastro Hill situated southeast of the natural port of Souda in Chania combined with the fertile valleys that surrounded it, supported its growth into a powerful trade and political centre. Aptera existed until the 7th century BC when it was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake. The long years of excavations and the restoration works implemented within the context of European and national programmes revealed the city’s impressive fortification as well as the ancient theatre. Nowadays, the site Aptera at-

tracts more and more visitors who are impressed by its monuments and the view to Cretan mountains, the Souda Gulf and to Apokoronas hinterland. From Minoan through Hellenistic times Aptera was also called Apteron and lies about a kilometre inland from the southern shore of Souda Bay, about 13 km east of Chania in the municipality of Akrotiri. It is mentioned in Linear B tablets from the 14th13th centuries BC. Thanks to its highly fortunate geographical situation, the city-state was powerful from Minoan through Hellenistic times, when it gradually declined. In Greek mythology, here was placed the scene of the legend of the contest between the Sirens and the Muses, when after the victory of the latter,

Heraklion Archaeological Museum wins special reccomendation in award event

the Sirens lost the feathers of their wings from their shoulders, and having thus become white, cast themselves into the sea, whence the name of the city Aptera (literally meaning “without wings”), and of the neighbouring islands Leucae (meaning “white”). It was at one time in alliance with Cnossus, but was afterwards compelled by the Polyrrhenians to side with them against that city. The port of Aptera according to Strabo was Cisamos. In the third century BCE Aptera was at war with Kydonia, a prominent ancient city on northwestern Crete. In much of the Greek Archaic Period, Aptera was under the control of Kydonia. By the 12th century, a monastery of St. John Theologos had been built on the site; it continued in operation until 1964.

The site is now maintained by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Department of Antiquities. The hilltop, about 150 metres above the sea, commands views of Souda Bay and the Akrotiri Peninsula to the north, the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) to the south, and Kalives and the Turkish Itzendin Castle to the east; the city of Chania is not quite visible to the west. There are several structures within the square monastery enclosure, including a chapel and a two-story block of monks’ cells. The surrounding site is notable for a two-part temple from the 5th century BC, a large three-vaulted Roman cistern, Roman baths, and parts of several Doric temples. An ancient theater and a Roman peristyle villa have also been discovered on the site.

“Emily takes a cruise”

is it you on your own, or with your old man?” “No Cyril he passed, many years, sad to tell, besides travelling on boats, he’d just hate the swell.”

(by Hobson Tarrant)

Old Emily Parkhurst, eighty three if a day, sat quiet in her flat and put pennies away. “I’m going on a cruise one day when I can.” she stopped at the bus stop to tell an old man.

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Archaeological Museum of Heraklion in Crete was awarded a Special Commendation at the annual European Museum of the Year Awards (EMYA), during a ceremony held in Zagreb, Croatia. The EMYA judges praised this museum for presenting “a cutting-edge interpretation of the history and civilisation of Crete, focused on the rise and decline of the Minoan culture.” “The museum has become a huge social and cultural asset for the island, influencing tourism and the economy, while also helping the local commu-

nity to interiorize a positive perception of science and culture,” they added. The ministry of culture said judges praised the Museum’s initiatives for “the dissemination of historical knowledge to different social groups through innovative activities.” The event, organised by the European Museum Forum (EMF), was attended by over 200 people from 29 European countries and is the longest running and most prestigious awards in Europe aiming to recognize excellence in European museums and to encourage innovative processes for the benefit of society.

“That will be nice,” he answered with smile “Then pray sit beside me and rest for a while.” So Emily Parkhurst, she unbuttoned her coat as she told of the advert and what it had wrote. “A place in the sun... Crete Island is best!” She pulled out the page folded neat to her breast. “I’ll go on a boat, a Cruise Liner it’s called. I’ll have my own cabin with TV installed.” “Well fancy.” said he, “my name it is Stan,

“Not a great traveller? My wife was the same, life by the tele was her favourite game.” “She’s gone now as well then?” our Emily asked. “Its sad, left alone to just remember the past.” “That’s true,” answered Stan with a tear in his eye, “I suppose time comes to all, at least by and by... That cruise sounds a treat though, I might try myself, I’ve got a few bob tucked away high on a shelf. The cruise liner it landed one bright summers mourn The smart Souda Bay, flowers, friendly and warm. The gang plank was lowered for guests holding hands Yes Emily Parkhurst and Stan had made plans.


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lific heat and drought tolerant annual, perfect for hot, dry areas. It’s easy to grow, and requires little or no attention. A grower once reported that he has grown Vinca in the same location for 30 years. It successfully reseeded itself each year, with no effort on his part. This plant is known by three names: Vinca, Periwinkle (or Madagascar Periwinkle), and Myrtle. Botanists will tell you that there is also a separate strain or variety of Periwinkle. Vinca plants are native to North America, Europe, China and India. The plants are grown for its attractive glossy, green foliage, as well as its flowers.

from seeds. Sow Vinca seeds outdoors after all danger of frost. Many people will broadcast spread them across an area. These prolific, self seeders, will usually reseed themselves, if left unattended. You can also start them inMedicinal Applications doors 10 to 12 weeks before Over the years, Vinca has been the last frost in your area. used for medicinal purposes. Some varieties can also be Applications included: propagated by rooting cut• Lowering blood pressure tings. • Lowering sugar levels for diabetics How to Grow Vinca • Treatment for coughs, Vinca or Periwinkle will grow colds, sore throats in range of light conditions, • Treating eye and lung infrom full sun to shade. fections They will do well in average soils. They are both heat and Plant Propagation drought tolerant. Vinca or Periwinkle are grown This makes Vinca ideal in hot, Flowers bloom all summer, and up to frost. Common colors include white, rose, pink, and red. Vinca is commonly used for borders, edging, and ground cover or bedding plants. Plants grow 1-2 feet tall.

dry parts of the country where other flowers will wither and wilt. Space Vinca plants 12-15 inches apart. Water well, when planting. Once plants are established, water only during extended droughts. Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season. Mulch around plants in dry areas to help retain soil moisture. Vinca are seldom bothered by insects and disease. Fungus problems can occur in humid or wet weather. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.

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tourism is the exploration of food as the purpose of tourism. It is now considered a vital component of the tourism experience. Dining out is common among tourists and “food is believed to rank alongside climate, accommodation, and scenery” in importance to tourists. Culinary or food tourism is the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and on s click r w e n drinking experiences, re t.g for mo /cretepos http:/ both near and far. Culinary/food tourism is not limited to gourmet food. Cretan Gastronomy Travellers are after unique gastronomical experiences and it is one of the most important trends in the sector of tourism worldwide. Examples of gastronomic tourism services: Seminars of Cretan Cuisine, gourmed’s and wine conoirsseur’s events, visits to places where traditional products are produced, cooking events etc. Given the gastronomic and cultural wealth of Crete, as well as

the local products, it is obvious that there is an opportunity to develop Gastronomic Tourism on the island and establish it as a Gastronomic Destination. Why Platanias? While many cities, regions or countries are known for their food, culinary tourism is not limited by food culture. Every tourist eats at least three times a day, making food one of the fundamental economic drivers of tourism. Platanias is making a significant investment in culinary tourism development and is seeing results with visitors spending and over night stays rising as a result of food tourism promotion and product development. So, we are waiting all of you in Platanias to taste the Cretan cuisine, the most famous around the world for its rich aromas and flavors! The authenticity of Cretan cuisine is what makes it that much different from all other cuisines, as it always keeps it simple. No matter the plethora of in-

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name of a new and exciting wine tour company on Crete. Our mission is to create elite and highly professional tour experiences that focus on the unique and unknown resources Crete has to offer, with a particular focus of course on Crete’s magnificent and unique Wines, and it’s fresh & local gastronomy. The basic requirements that a winery should meet in order to obtain the quality mark “Open Wineries” of the Prefecture of Crete are defined by the following basic principles: • Easy access to the certified wineries. • Detailed information for visitors concerning the products of the Cretan vineyard. • Suitable reception areas and use of the appropriate equipment for the realization of wine-tasting

• Comfortable and safe guided tours in the certified wineries. • Compliance with all hygiene and food safety rules, according to the relevant legislation. The “Open Wineries” quality

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history of the vineyard can be traced back to the furthest reaches of time. Seeds of wild vines have even been found in caves inhabited by prehistoric nomadic tribes. Before the ice age, the vine flourished in the polar zone. Glaciers, however, limited its spreading and pushed various species of wild vines towards warmer zones, such as central and eastern Asia, central and southern Europe, but also the greater area of south Caucasus. That is the birthplace of Vitis vinifera, the wine-bearing vine, several varieties of which are almost exclusively being cultivated today. The art of viticulture is said to have started with the agricultural revolution around 5,000 BC. The Arians (ancestors of Indians living in the area of Caucasus-Caspian Sea), the ancient Persians, the Semitic people and the Assyrians are considered to be among the first known vine growers. In fact, at that time, wine was known even in ancient China! The art of viticulture and winery was then passed on to the Egyptians, the various peoples of Palestine and Phoenicia, and the Greeks. Egypt had a long tradition in winery, starting prior to 4000

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BC: Ancient Egyptians even used mechanical presses, while amphorae of the New Dynasty (1600 - 1100 BC) have also been discovered, indicating origin, harvest and winemaker. Around 1700 BC in Mesopotamia, Babylonian king Hammurabi had passed legislation on the price of wine, but also on having it consumed only during the period after harvest (ageing obviously was an unknown concept at the time). Despite their long tradition, these people soon lost their reputation as great winemakers, which is probably due to the fact that better vine varieties started growing in the Mediterranean climate of Phoenicia and Greece. The Semitic people of the eastern Mediterranean got acquainted with wine early on, judging from the numerous accounts found in the Old Testament. The significance of wine in social life was so great; one has only to consider that Jesus Christ performed his first miracle at Cana in Galilee, turning water into wine so that the wedding he was invited to could continue. Phoenicians were renowned winemakers, but also merchants: Phoenician wine amphorae have been found in every region of eastern and

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central Mediterranean. One of rest of Europe acquired several the first great centers of mari- thousands of years later. Evans time wine trading was Tyros. was so impressed by the living standards of ancient Cretans Greeks developed winery to a he very often praised them great extent, almost establish- in front-page articles in the ing a monopoly in the market worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular journals. for centuries. They acquired The multicolored wall-paintknowledge of wine probably ings in Minoan Palaces depict a when they first settled at their life full of creativity, good taste current land. It is not certain and in complete harmony with whom they learned the art of the natural environment. winery from, but, according to Minoans cultivated their land one of the most prevalent the- and tasted what it so generories, they learned it from the ously offered. Hundreds of eastern people (Phoenicians tablets discovered by archaeor Egyptians), with whom the ologists show a flourishing Greeks, especially the Minoans, economy with agricultural, had developed commercial re- livestock-raising and commerlations. cial activities. The main products Cretans successfully culWine as a core element of the tivated and traded were olive first oil, cereals and wine. The vine has known around European civilization 4000 years of systematic culHowever, the history of wine in tivation in Crete! No wonder Crete and its bonds with the is- that the oldest wine-press land have deeper roots, dating (3500 years old) was found in even further back than the Ho- the region of Vathipetro. Homeric epics. mer informs us that, at his time, One hundred years have Cretan wines were renowned passed since international- throughout the known world. ly-acclaimed archaeologist Sir Apart from the 3500-year-old Arthur Evans brought to light wine-press, impressive amthe miracle of the Minoan Civ- phorae, vast underground ilization in Crete. At the palace wine storage facilities and relof Knossos, the oldest archi- evant drawings in all Minoan tectural monument in Europe, Palaces provide evidence not luxurious four-storey buildings only of wineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central role in were found, with services the the life of the island, but also of


Post-Christianity Christian tradition slowly started to dominate the world and the star of the pagan Roman Empire started to fade. But wine still held a high place in people’s lives. Greece, together with almost the entire Mediterranean world, became part of the Byzantine Empire, the first Christian superpower which was beginning to form. Crete took part in a series of wars and went through tumultuous times which did not favour vine-growing and winemaking. Finally, it was conquered by the Venetians in 1204. In Byzantine Greece, wine production and wine exports in particular started dwindling. Cretans, however, taking advantage of both the security and the commercial networks offered by the Venetians, set off for a second time in their ageold history to dominate the European wine markets – and this time for longer. Cretan winemaking and exports thrived under Venetian rule. In 1415, annual exports of exceptional quality wine exceeded 20,000 barrels. One and a half century later, exports reached 60,000 barrels.

In 1669, Crete was conquered by the Ottomans. For the next two centuries, there is no clear picture of wine production in Crete, but Islam’s prohibition of wine consumption must have had a negative impact. Nevertheless, even the supreme religious and political leaders of the Ottomans, the Sultans, often succumbed to the temptation of this exceptional drink. Cretan wine in the 20th century Crete was liberated from the Ottoman rule in the late 19th century. The new and fairly progressive independent administration of the island promoted the restructuring and updating of agricultural production with all its might. The wheels of wine production thus started turning anew. In the international fair held at Hania at the beginning of the 20th century with the aim of promoting new Cretan products to the markets of the West, 18 winemakers were awarded prizes for the quality of their wines. In 1913, Crete was annexed to the Greek state. But Greece’s tumultuous history over the next decades, with one war after the other, did not favour exports, affecting wine in particular. Despite adverse conditions, however, Cretan winemaking tradition survived all these hard years, owing to its core unit: the family. To this day, many modern companies producing and exporting wines, which are becoming all the more popular in foreign markets and are awarded prizes in international com-

petitions, come from families of large and medium landowners, who kept both tradition and their love of wine alive all these years. In modern reality, Cretan wine has long attracted the attention of and is being increasingly preferred by the general public. Cretan wines are a valuable heritage of traditional varieties, in complete harmony with the island’s climate. The great number of local varieties, the diversity and uniqueness of various wine regions, but also the long Cretan wine tradition form the foundation of Cretan wine’s high quality standing and ongoing growth. This tradition, howevfor more n er, would not bear fruit ews click o n http://cre tepost.gr without knowledge and technology. Cretan winemakers took recent advancements, but also the consumers’ preferences, seriously into account. This is largely due to the existence of a new generation of winemakers, enologists, viticulturists, etc. who are trying to improve all aspects of Cretan wine with knowledge, vision, and passion. New varieties are being tested, and new aromas and flavors are emerging, presenting the consumer with fine wines, which can satisfy all tastes and needs. Making good use of traditional vine varieties and ageold experience, modern wine producers in Crete have managed to elevate Cretan wine to its rightful position. Wines of Crete

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The Roman Empire conquers Crete and Cretan wine conquers Rome A few centuries later, when Crete became a province of the Roman Empire, the Romans realised that their needs in wine – a commodity they were particularly fond of – was too great to be met by the vineyards of the Italian peninsula. They eventually turned to Crete. Its plains and hills were gradually turned into vast vineyards, while Cretan winemakers increasingly improved their vinification skills and produced excellent sweet wines which, through Rome, conquered the entire known world at the time. Many Greek and Latin writers of the time spoke very highly

of Cretan wine, which was also considered to have medicinal properties. The numerous Cretan amphorae found offer indisputable proof of this ancient commercial success. What is more, one such amphora found in Pompeii had CRET EXC inscribed on it, which, according to experts, means Exceptional Cretan Wine.

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the sophistication of the Minoans’ know-how. However, Cretan wine was not confined to the island. It travelled. Minoans went all around the Mediterranean, their ships filled with products of the Cretan land. So they reached the court of the most powerful man in the world, the Egyptian Pharaoh: Egyptian wall paintings depict Cretan ships arriving at Egyptian ports. Merchandise included amphorae, probably filled with Cretan wine. At the wreckage of such a ship off the coast of Turkey, archaeologists found a sealed amphora filled with wine over 3000 years old. Vine-growing and winemaking continued unabated throughout the ages. The Law Code of Gortyn, the oldest legal text in Europe, includes the first set of rules on vine-growing.


How to travel abroad with your dog Traveling

is especially fun when you can bring your dog along, but you will need to do some planning first. When it comes to travel, the dogs are easy to deal with, but the people are not because there are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to animals in general being transported to other countries. Many of these issues will greatly depend on which country you are going to, because they all have different requirements. Here are some things to know before you go.

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Review the customs laws It is essential that you know exactly what the requiren o k ments are in the specifs clic ost.gr re new ep for mo ttp://cret ic country that you will h be visiting because customs laws vary greatly by location. Unfortunately, some countries do not even allow any foreign dogs to enter. Some of the ones that do may require a quarantine process of up to several months. The quarantine will force you to be separated from your dog for quite some time, so be prepared if the country has that requirement. It can also be a challenge to travel with more than one dog, so check to see if there is a limit to the number of pets you can bring with you. In general, most western countries will allow dogs, but you will have to provide proof

that they have been given, line, when you are traveling, and are current on, their rabies and which country you are govaccination. ing to. Certain airlines do not accept Give your dog a checkup pets at all, so your first objecIf your dog has not already re- tive is to find a pet friendly ceived all of their vaccinations, airline. Traveling with pet carnow would be a good time to go in high temperatures can do so because some countries be risky, so some airlines will will ask for their shot records. not accept them at all during A quick visit to your veterinari- the summer months. Also, an for a checkup is also a good check the requirements of the way to discuss your concerns airport where you will arrive and make sure that your dog abroad, because some airports is fit to travel. You may want to in other countries do not acask your veterinarian to write a cept pets or they may require note stating that your dog is in that you provide them with good health and has had all of advance notice that you will the appropriate vaccinations. be arriving with a pet. Find pet friendly travel accommodations Finding the proper travel accommodations for your dog can also be tricky. If you are visiting another country by car, then you can ask if the car rental company allows pets. If you are traveling by plane, then it will depend on the air-

Obtain pet friendly living accommodations Once you have made it through customs, you will need to find living accommodations that accept pets. You will probably have your accommodations ready before you arrive, but make sure that you let the hotel, hostel, or apartment man-

agement know that you will have your dog with you. Make sure your dog is comfortable As you go on your journey, consider the mental and physical comfort of your dog. Do the best you can do to let your dog know that traveling will be safe, fun, and comfortable. Invest in a quality carrier for your dog, because they may be in there for a while. Keep your dog calm when dealing with customs officials so they will know that your pet can handle the transition. Planning is key when it comes to traveling with your pet. Everything really depends on where you are going, so be sure to understand the customs laws before you arrive. Visit your veterinarian for a checkup and vaccinations, buy a nice carrier for your dog, and let them know what to expect before you leave. Have a safe and happy trip!


13 Must-Have Woodworking Supplies

lost without a handy hammer at your disposal. You can even add different types of hammers for particular jobs, such as claw or finish hammers.

5. Saws You should have a variety of saws at your disposal, depending on the type of projects you encounter. This includes a coping saw for right-angles cuts, a 2. Circular Saw A good circular saw is crucial hacksaw for metal pieces, and for rough and long cuts. A ta- a crosscut saw for general purble saw is the better alterna- poses. tive and offers a wider range of use, but a circular saw is a good 6. Planes and Rasps start. Adding a guide to the cir- You can always invest in a cular saw can make it more ac- good planer to get smooth curate, especially when ripping and flat surfaces, but a set of planes and rasps will get the a long piece of wood. job done just as well. For the basic woodworking toolkit, 3. Tape Measure and Awl You will need a good tape mea- a low-angle block plane and sure for any project you tackle. a smooth plane will get you started. Round and flat rasps

should also be incorporated for removing large chunks of material.

10. Clamps Clamps help keep pieces of glued wood together for 7. Chisels and Mallet drying. You can never Chisels are a useful tool for cut- have too many clamps, ting out joints or cleaning out but it’s always a good idea cuts. Make sure you get a qual- to pick up a variety of sizes for ity set of chisels and sharpen whatever project comes your them frequently for optimal way. use. A rubber mallet is ideal for use with chisels as a metal 11. Router and Bits hammer can splinter the ends. A router is a versatile tool in the workshop. They can be used to 8. Safety Equipment cut out various types of joints You should always have a or add a finishing flush trim supply of safety equipment to your project. It’s sometimes on hand whenever working better to buy quality router around wood. bits individually than purchasThis includes a set of safety ing a general set. goggles, ear plugs, and a dust mask. 12. Jigsaw Purchase a good respirator if Jigsaws, also called scroll saws, your shop is not equipped with are best at cutting angles, a proper dust collection or ven- shapes, and tight curves. These tilation system. saws are relatively inexpensive and come with a variety of 9. Power Drill blade widths. A power drill can make a woodworker’s life a lot easier. This 13. Band Saw handy power tool will quick- A good band saw can make ly become an integral part of curved and freehand cuts a your shop and can be used to breeze, but they can also be drill holes or screw in fasten- used to rip large pieces of lumers. You might even consider ber. A 12 or 14-inch band saw buying two to cut down on the is large enough to tackle most time it takes to switch out bits. jobs.

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An awl will help mark the wood ting started in woodworking, and keep tools in line. Add a set having a good arsenal of sup- of pencils and crayons for clearplies can save you time and ly marking out measurements. Avoid using pens because the money on a project. From measuring devices to ink is harder to sand out. power tools, here are a few woodworking supplies you 4. Combination Square Making sure all joints are should add. square is a critical step in the woodworking process. After 1. Hammer A good hammer is essential all, one bad joint can mess up to the woodshop. From ham- an entire project. A combinamering home finishing nails tion square will allow you to to removing fasteners from square up varying degrees and reclaimed lumber, you will be even doubles as a short ruler.

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Hay

fever is also medically referred to as Allergic Rhinitis. It is a common kind of fever and is known to infect people worldwide. Though hay fever is known to occur during one’s childhood, one can suffer from it at any age. Research says that most people suffer from hay fever but generally do not realise, instead thinking they have a common cough and cold. Scientists have pointed out that years of being exposed to allergic substances generally leads to hay fever. Here we will discuss everything that you need to know about this common hay fever.

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Constant sneezing Cough Congestion in nose Constant watery eyes, redness, excessive tears Loss of smell and appetite Runny Nose Sore throat Fatigue Lethargy Cold

Types of Hay Fever There are various types of hay fever out there. If the fever happens during a specific season alone, it is referred to as seasonal allergic rhinitis. On the other hand, if the fever is triggered by something that is found all the year round, it is Symptoms of Hay Fever There are a number of common referred to as perennial allergic hay fever symptoms that peo- rhinitis. Detection of Hay Fever ple are known to complain of: Hay fever can be detected with

need to consult an allergist to treat it. The ideal and most effective way to treat hay fever is by eliminating the root because that is triggering the allergy. The problem arises when we are unable to pin point at the exact root cause. What causes Hay Fever As we all know, hay fever is a Research points out that Histamine is a kind of chemical kind of allergy. The biggest challenge is to zero known to trigger hay fever in on the exact thing that trig- amongst patients. There are various kinds of treatgers the allergy. In the medical world, it is be- ments available worldwide to lieved that allergic rhinitis is deal with this ailment, along mainly triggered by protein with a number of over-thecounter medications to reduce that is present in plants. Various trees, weeds and grass- symptoms. es have pollen that is nothing Apart from this, one can also but dry protein; these pollen opt for specialised treatments grains mix with the air and eas- like desensitisation and immunotherapy to eradicate hay feily transmit to people. ver. Treatment of Hay fever Once you detect hay fever, you StartSat60.com a test called ELISA, which stands for Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay In this test, various kinds of antibodies are used to change colour to detect and deter an ailment.

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Ergotelis F.C. promoted to Football League competition, having made a total of 9 appearances during 2004–2015. The club’s best finish in the competition is 7th place during the 2013–14 season. It has also won the Beta Ethniki (second tier of the Greek football league system) once, in 2006, as well as the Greek Football Amateur Cup in 1983. Its’ traditional colors are yellow and black. After its withdrawal from professional competitions, the football department of Ergotelis reinstated its amateur status, thus merging with the parent multi-sport club, Gymnastics Club Ergotelis. The latter’s officials decided that the Football Club should thus be dissolved and enter into liquidation, a process that would allow Ergotelis to compete in amateur competitions under new leadership,

free of the financial obligations of the previous administration. The decision was fiercely rivaled by major shareholder Papoutsakis, who instead opted for liquidation without dismantling the company, in operation under the provisions of the bankruptcy code. After the Gymnastics Club’s administration reached out on the matter to the Deputy Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis, joined by fellow Football League withdrawn competitors Olympiakos Volou, elections were held in April 2016 appointing Georgios Vrentzos as the new president of the Gymnastics Club, and head of all its football departments. After the Hellenic Football Federation, the Greek Professional Sports Commission and the Greek Ministry of Development all ruled in favor of the Gymnas-

tics Club case and reassured its officials that the club would compete in the Gamma Ethniki, the third tier of the Greek football league system, the club’s new administration was free to open up winding-up proceedings and appoint liquidators, while at the same time rebuilding the football department and attempt a swift return to professional competitions. As the club brought in former Ergotelis stars such as Sergio Leal and Nikolaos Katsikokeris to lead the effort on the pitch and filled the roster with veteran Football League players, the new administration’s project eventually paid off. Ergotelis finished at the top of the 2016-17 Gamma Ethniki Group 4 Table, thus managing instant promotion back to pro-level competitions.

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Gymnastics Club Ergotelis, commonly known simply as Ergotelis, is a Greek association football club, department of the multi-sport club Gymnastics Club Ergotelis, which is based in Heraklion, Crete. It is the club’s oldest and most successful department, officially established in 1929 and named after the famous ancient Cretan expatriate Olympic runner Ergoteles of Himera. The club currently competes in the amateur Gamma Ethniki, the third tier of the Greek football league system, and hosts its home games at the Pankritio Stadium, the city’s largest and most modern sports venue. Ergotelis is one of the two Heraklion-based football clubs to have competed in the Greek Superleague, the country’s top-level football

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