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Rethymno... This is your “on foot“ tour A walk in the city of Rethymno

Rethymno is, without exaggeration, one of the most attractive towns in Greece, with its particular ‘colour’, its wealth of history and architecture – preserving one of the best surviving Venetian cities.

The Rethymno Combination Solo or with your friend(s)?


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Live @ Love @ Laugh

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LIVING

...is the answer to EVERY THING! by Pandelis Spiridakis Journalist Staying Alive is another precious thing my so crazy summer guys ...Where in that Augustian Furious Sun are U??? Eh ???? Watch ou t and dont laugh ΡΕ ....Well let’s do our stuff now , no really ...LET’S ! So if you are on your favourite beach , enjoying hours sun swimming and chilling this is Perfect, Awesome or what? Certainly Now , in the Heart of the summer ...ADMIT IT... Moments here count if Only yoy pay antention. People that pay attention , nener regret : sign that they have fully lived. So Guys RETHIMNO is this

mysterious Land of Hope and DOLCE Vita! Yeah ....Rethimno is the side of life , you return to play and Believe from the First Beginning Life is Funny ...Vacation don’t Full Around ...And Great Believers ...WIN!!! The favourite island among the Greeks will be your favourite too when you come to it. Sunny beaches with crystal-clear water, national parks for a hike, Greek cuisine, traces of the Minoan civilisation... Rethimno has the best of every Greek island. What you want for your summer holiday you are going to get in Greece’s largest island. Make your Dream Come True now and take advantage of this deal UNTIL you even re- think the Chance...

Relax & leave worries behind. What else can you ask for? Things can be Really Simple! CAN we Please Count all The Exciteful Reasons to Celebrate August in Rethimno... -whistle to the girls...at the beach! -cheers screaming to the opposite company -selfie-ing with the Bar- Girl ...staring all people ....all night! -cocktail – talking...Daquirie staff AND asking the One and Only Watermelon Piece from the Next Guy’s Glass ....Add Vacation in Rethimno can be THE ADVETURE ...yoy want to live! So cheer up and Laugh – Time and Fun – Time is all yours! People created life – breaks to fulfill their batteries , forget their problems for a while! People from all over the world are visiting Rethymno with a

plan : They are just good life – keepers and not life – spenders! ...and if you have listened over 10 times the next girl’s cell phone ringing and playing the ringtone ‘’No No No You don’t want me and I Know now’’...Get the passport and Proceed This is certainly Rethimno POST Acting...! We are here , we are ready and you are Reading The BeST Summer STAFF Guys ...Give it a Brilliant and Juicyyyyyyy Break ....Your Turn ! Pantelis Spiridakis in Social Media spiridakisp@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/ pantelis.spiridakis.7 https://twitter.com/spiridakispante https://www.instagram.com/ spiridakispantelis/


Summer dream in Crete begins at... Rethymno Cretan yacht welcomes you

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welcomes you on SUMMER DREAM for an unforgettable experience. The freedom of movement, the quality of service, the comfort of your surroundings and your privacy make your holidays a unique and enjoyable experience. SUMMER DREAM is a 24,15 m boat and provides a master stateroom with a double bed and a sofa, one twin stateroom and two triple staterooms, a kitchen, a mail saloon, a generous sun deck and n o of course a well equiclick news tepost.gr e r o e /cr ped cockpit. for m http:/ We offer a wide range of services: • dinning on board afloat • fishing • weddings or any other special events • chartering from one day to ten days Santorini We welcome you with a light dinner and then you can enjoy your sleep in our convenient cabins. Our departure is at 3.30 a.m. You wake up on Santorini and have breakfast on board. Then your day is Free For Fun. Our departure is after sunset!!! And don’t forget... A holiday on SUMMER DREAM is an experience like no other vacation can offer you!!! Email : kfetokakis@gmail.com Τelephone : 6979115533


Everything is possible... Sinatsakis Villas at the village of Pigi If you can dream your hol-

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iday destination , then you can be happy for your colorfoul vacation Pigi is such a place that fascinates most people and it’s the atmosphere all around It’s where delightful private villas close to sandy beach - Villa Anna, Maria and Ioanna will elevate your accommodation needs for your holidays Sinatsakis villas located in a peaceful and graphic village of Crete named Pigi. And the distances are on k c li c s like a mini excursion to .gr re new epost for mo ttp://cret h a magic landscape... Pigi is a large village with pharmacy, mini market, butcher shop, tavern, cafe bar, bakery, basket court and playground - 10 kilometers away from the town of Rethymno -14 kilometers away from Arkadi Monastery -2 kilometers from the sandy

beach of Pigianos kampos. It is in the middle of two prefectures Chania and Heraklion so you can visit twice as many destinations as you wish during your vacation. The villas were created by a young man named Sinatsakis Mathew in 2016. Mathew is 25 years old and studied in the Tourism Professions School from 2008 to 2010. He worked in great hotels as a waiter and later as a reception assistant. This experience was that made him realize the meaning of the right hospitality and the appropriate infrastructure A Big HOTEL usually sticks in common problems... The big number of the clients brings a negative issue : Τhey treat the hotel customers as room numbers, and not as people And there is the other matter . People there often miss their

privacy ! So Matthew felt the desire to create a small business that respects the visitors and to assist them 24hr in everything they need as a friend and a happy host.... and not as

iday destinations for couples or families with young children. Ammenities to enjoy -Cleaning, linen/towel change every 3 days -Pool & garden maintenance -Holiday advisor service available by landline -Concierge service, Dinner & excursion arrangements Check out the website for more photos, videos and informations: www.sinatsakisvillas.gr And don’t hesitate to dare and make now the reservation – surpse in the e-mail: sinatsakisvillas@yahoo.com and earn -20% discount !!! (you can ask everything you want at e-mail about the villas, the values and the availability) Rethymno is a life-changing island. It’s a place in which you feel you belong and in which you’ll always return. In this mesmerizing location we have with all the modern amenities. created a dreamy villa where manager. If you decide to stay in Sinat- Each of them have 1 or 2 bed- you can experience heaven on sakis villas get ready to learn rooms and they are perfect hol- earth. what does hospitality actually means, Cretan luxury and professionalism together. The villas “Anna”, “Maria” and “Ioanna” are totally refurbished in a minimal and romantic style


Skinakas Observatory Let’s visit the stars! The Skinakas Observatory

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is a research facility operated jointly by the Foundation of Research and Technology - Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.), the University of Crete and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics of Germany. The Observatory location, at Skinakas peak on the Psiloritis mountain at an altitude of 1750m, offers excellent conditions for high on s click w e n e r r quality astronomical for mo retepost.g /c http:/ observations of in the area of the Mediterranean. It is equipped with a variety of instruments which qualify it as one of the world’s best equipped telescopes, at least relatively to its size. Research Activities The research that is performed at Skinakas Observatory covers a wide range of different fields in Astrophysics. The main observational programs are: 1. Variability studies of Active Galactic Nuclei 2. Optical identification of X-ray sources 3. Structure of Spiral galaxies 4. Photometry of stellar clusters 5. RR Lyrae variable stars 6. Photometric and Spectroscopic research of gaseous nebulae (planetary nebulae and supernova remnants) 7. X-ray binary systems including High-mass X-ray binaries, black hole 8. Candidates and cataclysmic variables 9. Search for Novae in M31 10. Interaction of cometary tails with the solar wind Most of the above mentioned programs are done in cooperation between the research institutes of Crete and the Max Planck institute, but also in cooperation with other astrophysicists and observatories from all over the world. The idea to create a site of astronomical research at Skinakas was conceived in the summer of 1984. Soon after the construction of a road to the mountain peak commenced. The university of Crete, The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH, former Research Center of Crete) and the Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany) agreed to build and operate together a telescope with the purpose of providing modern education in Astronomy to University

students and also of supporting astronomical observations with emphasis on the research of extended sky objects like comets and gaseous nebulae. The expected arrival of the comet Halley in the Spring of 1986, after 76 years of wandering through the solar system, set the time schedule for the installation of the telescope,

as in the Spring 1986, in order to participate in the inauguration of the Observatory as well as to observe of the comet Halley. In 1988 the construction of the guesthouse, also made out of stone, was completed and immediately hosted the First School of Observational Astrophysics in Greece. The successful installation and operation of

mirror diameter of 1.3m. The telescope, which remains the largest of the site, was inaugurated in Autumn 1995. The 1.3m telescope, seen on the right, was commissioned in 1995 and is the principal observing facility of Skinakas Observatory. It is a modified Ritchey–Chrétien telescope, that is it has a hyperbolic pri-

which having a wide field of view, and equipped with a highly sensitive electronic camera was especially suited for the observation of the comet. Indeed, after the construction of the road on the rocky mountain and the completion of the first stone-made observatory, hundreds of people from all over Greece, among them many officials, came to Skinak-

the first rather small telescope confirmed the excellent astronomical conditions at Skinakas characterizing it as one of the best sites for high quality astronomical observations in the Mediterranean area. Consequently, the cooperating institutions decided to further develop the Observatory by the installation of a larger and very modern telescope with a

mary and a hyperbolic secondary mirror, in order to provide a large field of view with high image quality. The mirrors were built by Carl Zeiss Oberkochen. The telescope mount is equatorial, computer controlled and was constructed by DFM Engineering. There is also an autoguider with off axis guiding system, which was built by Baader Planetarium.


The Rethymno Combination Solo or with your friend(s)? Traveling with friends or

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Solo can be Both a lot of fun and surprise. And leave you with great memories. Not to mention the stories! When sitting down to plan a vacation, choose your travel companions wisely. A colleague recently returned from a much-anticipated vacation, and on her return, I asked if she enn click o s w e joyed her time off. She re n r for mo retepost.g /c :/ p t t paused a little too long h before her reply, and weighed her words carefully. It was just ok,she admitted. The hotel was gorgeous and the setting was really beautiful. But my friends and I really got on each other nerves. By the end of the trip, I was so ready to leave. 1. Discuss Logistics When sitting down to discuss the upcoming trip, be sure to

outline what’s needed from the get-go. For the actual travel, coordinate times of arrival and any required pick-ups/dropoffs from the airport, train stations, etc. 2. Outline the Budget You may have your heart set on a luxury hotel, for example, that won’t be feasible for several of your friends; the airfare from your home city may be prohibitively expensive to the area you want to visit; the original first-choice dates for the trip are affordable for only two out of the five friends traveling together. 3. Acknowledge And Respect Different Interests If you’re a plop on the beach type of traveler, don’t agree to go on a vacation with your adventurous buddies who love to skydive; if you’re a night owl who loves clubbing, don’t get irritated when your earlyto-bed/early-to-rise traveling friends decline to come along with you. One of the best reasons to trav-

el alone is to meet new people, but this also makes you more vulnerable. It’s okay to hang out, travel and share with new friends, but you might not want to ask them to hold your money. Scam artists can often be the most charming companions you’ll find; you want to be open-minded, but keep your guard up enough to en-

um that was closed ruined your partner’s day; it’s your own day to salvage or chalk up to a learning experience. Also, you can do exactly what you want to do — all the time. Always wanted to try seasighting? Get up for a walk and go for it; 1. Know your strengths Are you a sociable person who

3. Take photos Making photography a mission, even if it’s just little odd details you notice about a place, gives a little structure to your day. And you will notice more odd details, because you’ll have the time and attention to look around. 4. Find your people Offer to take local friends of

sure your safety. Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; you can rest when you want and pour it on when you’re feeling ambitious. Another benefit is that your mistakes are your own, and your triumphs all the more exciting. There’s no worrying that your insistence on trekking all the way across town to a muse-

wants to be in the middle of everything? You might go crazy if you can’t communicate, so head for where you speak the language. 2. Sleep around Look for room rentals in an apartment, which gives an automatic connection with residents when you’re travelling alone.

friends out for dinner, and you ll be surprised how many people take you up on it everyone likes to be tour guide for a night. Also seek out your interests in your destination Friends or Solo Travelling is making your best -totally free in a cretan enviroment full of laughs and people living out loud. Do it like the Cretans!


INDICATIVE DESTINATIONS FROM RETHYMNON TO:

CHANIA 6,80 € HERAKLION 8,30 € BALI 3,80 € ARKADI 3,10 € PREVELI 5,00 € CHORA SFAKION 8,00 € AGIA GALINI 6,80 € CHANIA AIRPORT 8,00 € ELEFTHERNA MUSEUM 3,30 € Scan the QR code to book online your ticket ! Kydonias & Parth. Kelaidi, Chania 73100 Info: 2821 093052 |Storehouse : 2821 97497

Th e rel iab le cho ice in you r sum me r tra nsp ort ati on s

www.e-ktel.com email: info@e-ktel.gr Kefalogiannidon Street, Rethymnon 74100 Info: 2831 022785 |Storehouse : 2831 022659


Women on Crete They Create Agricultural Cooperatives and WIN their LIVING!!! Everywhere, women are

moving, moving -- carrying heavy crates and boxes with great easeand a little laughter -- strong, focused women. They’re doing what they’ve always done,only on a much larger scale. The Women’s Agricultural Cooperative of Apostoli village ‘ERATO’ in Amari was founded in July 2007. The operation of the cooperative helps the women to strengthen the local economy and promote n click o st.gr s w e traditional products. It re n epo for mo ttp://cret h is also an opportunity to try the flavors of pure products without preservatives prepared according to traditional Cretan recipes of past years. The Greek government considered the concept of Women’s Agricultural Cooperatives in the1980’s, to address gender inequality in rural communities where employment opportunities,educational levels and equal rights are frightfully minimal. Most women in these areas born before the mid-20th Century participate in daily

farming chores and maintain the household. Cooperatives operate much like any business, someone’s got to put up the capital to start the operation then prove to prospective investors that it’s viable. The members pay dues and offer specialized services in anticipation of future returns and are ultimately responsible for the company’s success.

Erato Women’s Agricultural and Arts and Crafts Cooperative is located at Apostoloi village, at Amario district, 28km from Rethymno city centre (40-minute drive). It was created by a group of women in the village in order to contribute to the local economy. Visitors will have the chance to taste traditional products, made with pure ingredients,

without conservatives, just as they would do at home. There are various spoon sweets (walnut, grape, pear, lemon, watermelon, sour cherry, plum, etc.) and marmalades (cherry, fig, kiwi, citrus, strawberry, apple, quince, etc.) as well as drinks such as liqueurs (cherry, sour cherry, lemon, orange, mandarin, etc), raki, molasses, wine, among others.

Othonas Traditional Restaurant

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A passion for creativity and love for the Cretan Cuisine Othonas,

a taverna where you can experience the perfect dining experience, is located in one of the most scenic spots of Rethymno next to the fountains and Minare. Othonas combines a passion for creativity with love for the Cretan cuisine to create delicious dishes in an atmosphere of genuine warmth and hospitality.

The restaurant is very clean and tidy, beautifully decorated with traditional items bringing nostalgic memories of the old Rethymno. It is located in the old city of Rethymno, near the Minaret. You will be surprised looking the menu and for sure you will want to try all dishes! With imagination and faith in the quality, serves you everything you want to eat; meat, seafood, pastas and delicious sweets! All people absolutely loved

his fresh Greek salads, appetizers including dolmades (rice stuffed grape leaves) and kolokithia (zucchini fritters). The meat dishes were hearty and delicious including his chicken in sauce and a soft, melt-off-the-bone lamb and Greek potatoes platter.

can really live the pure smell , taste and cooking of the Local Products : cretan cheese , fresh meat, local veggies cooked and served from the unique chef Othonas ...from his own hands you can have the best taste from Rethymno...the taste you will memorise in your company talking. Cause that’s Rethymno: the Othonas Titou Petichaki Square 27, Old right person, the right cretan Town Rethymnon; +30 211 recipe in the right Old Town table!Such a combination to 7909399 This the only destination you remember...


Spili ...the check is @ Venetian ‘Kefalovrissi’ fountain with 19 lion heads!!!! On your way to the bet-

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ter-known Rethymno, we recommend stopping – if even just for a coffee – at one of the village’s many cafes as an excuse to explore the picturesque town of Spili. The streets are paved with cobblestones, and livestock roams the fields. There is a beautiful monastery in Spili as well as plenty of quaint little shops selling dried herbs and other treasures. The town is lush and green thanks to the natural flow of water down the mountain into the town. This fact also makes the climate in Spili quite temperate in comparison to other parts of the island during the summer months. Spili is a picturesque village located at an altitude of 430 metres on s click .gr w e n t e r s and 28 km south-east for mo p://cretepo htt of Rethymno Town. Due to its fabulous location the village offers an astonishing view to the sea and the entire surrounding filled with trees, fountains, springs and chapels and churches with wonderful murals. The main square of the village is lovely and has a fine stone fountain constituted by a row of stone carved lion heads from where crystal clear water flows. The village is famous for

producing unique weaving. The important battle of Mesara, one of the many against the Turkish occupation, took place in 1833 in the village of Spili. In 1941, the village was destroyed by the Germans during World War II. A few taverns and accommodations are available in Spili. Some interesting Byzantine churches and a medieval tower are quite interesting to visit, as well as a wonderful beach with pristine waters in the surrounding area. If besides monasteries and beaches you’d also like to see

a pretty and cosy village than Spili (on the road from Agia Galini in the south to Rethymnon, which is 28km in distance) should be on your list. In Spili there is an abundance of water, so Spili is very green. There is a Venetian ‘Kefalovrissi’ fountain with 19 lion heads and 6 other fountains, that brings crystal clear, drinking water from the Psiloritis mountain. There are many shops with local products here (herbs, tea, nature products), as well as cafes and restaurants. In the streets you find many flowers and old

Find your Ithaca in Omiros and Odyssia Hotels in Rethymno The state-of-the-art Omiros

hotel compound has been designed in striking colour combinations that blend in with the surrounding landscape. The interior design of the rooms is based predominantly on wood and glass, creating an ambience that is bound to bring you back to Omiros Boutique Hotel time and again. The Omiros Boutique Hotel is located in the north of the Rethymnon district in the Misiria region, 150 meters from the beach and 3 km from downtown Rethymnon. The coastal road and the footpath start 200 meters from the hotel. Stretching for 3 km along the coast, the footpath is ideal for a stroll, leading straight to the heart of the old Venetian town of Rethymnon and the Venetian harbour. Choose from 16 luxurious and spacious rooms, Junior Suites, King Suites and One Bedroom Suites and wind down in a light-filled, beautifully decorated room featuring ornamental

wood elements on the ceilings and furniture. All suites feature a modern and sophisticated design with solid oak furniture, spacious bathrooms, and comfortable mattresses ensuring a good night’s sleep.

OMIROS BOUTIQUE HOTEL Ionias, Rethymno Town, 74100, Crete, Greece Tel: +30 28310 27874 or +30 28310 50020

churches. Spili has around 800 inhabitants, so it’s fairly big for a Cretan village. You can walk on the old cobbled streets and take a look in the tourist shops (from all sorts of souvenirs to products like natural herbs etcetera). At the entrance of the village a new monastery has been built, but in a tasteful way. A little bit further, more towards the center of the town, there is a large parking where you can leave your car for a while if you want to do some exploring here.

In the same area a walk tour is enough to make you observe the intimacy and warmth the first look Odyssia beach Hotel transmits. And this is the reason many visitors come again every summer. They have a way of feeeling they can’ t find somewhere else. Feels like home... Odyssia beach Hotel is a family managed three plus star hotel situated in the north side of Crete in the county of Rethymno and in the region of Missiria, only 3 Km from the Center of the old Venetian town of Rethymno. It has 104 rooms with availability to accommodate up to 350 people. One of its great advantages is that it has immediate access to the beach giving the impression that you are still in the hotel even when you are in the sea having your bath or enjoying the sun at the beach. ODYSSIA BEACH HOTEL 18, Mandilara str. Missiria, 74 100 Rethymno, Tel. +30 28310, 50020, www.odyssia.gr


Rethymno... This is your “on foot“ tour A walk in the city of Rethymno Rethymno is, without ex-

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aggeration, one of the most attractive towns inGreece, with it particular ‘colour’, its wealth of history and architecture – preserving one of the best surviving Venetian cities. In the Old Town Renaissance architectural elements of the Venetian era co-exist with Ottoman structures: the rich history of the city is in step with the development of modern tourism. In the summer, Rethymnon has visitors from all over the world, who base themselves here for the exploration of the Prefecture and indeed the whole island, whilst in the n o k c winter the students of li sc re new st.gr for mo p://cretepo the local University htt bring a buzz to the place. Rethymnon maintains its long

cultural tradition with events such as the Renaissance Festival that occurs every summer, bringing to life again that section of the city built then. The main attractions of Rethymnon are concentrated in the Old Town, which is worth exploring without any preconceived route, but by just walking along the narrow

alleys and so discovering picturesque spots, architectural treasures, old mansions and other signs of those conquer-

torical and Folklore Museum which are all to be found in the neighbourhood of the newly-created Asia Minor

church ‘Our lady of the Angels’ before going on to the Fortezza. From here we have the opportunity to look down

ors who have passed through here. Setting out from the Megali Porta (Porta Guora),(the Main Gate or Porta Guora), one of the few remaining remnants of the city’s fortifications, our tour starts at Aghios Frangiscos, the Neratze Mosque (Conservatory) and the His-

Square (Plateia Mikrasiaton). From this square we can see the Turkish School with its distinctive architectural style. Next we pass the Venetian Rimondi Fountain (or the Taps, as the locals call it!), from where we can wander through the narrow lanes of the Old Town to discover the

upon the town and its beach front. Descending then to the Venetian harbour, we return to the shopping street (Arkadi) with its impressive Loggia, and other restored structures of really exceptional beauty, such as the Kara Mousa Pasha Mosque.


Donkey mini Trips...will make this tour the one you will always remember Donkey is a very gentle and

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patient animal and offers a very peachful ride. Our guests from Europe, get surprised and live an unforgotten experience when choosing a donkey ride !! They were very popular in Greece untils the end of 60’s. Each family, lived in the countryside, had it’s own donkey that mainly used for movings and agricultural activities. In Plakias Horse Riding Center DONKEYS seem to have the most loveable piece from the visitors. They even are more famous from the rest animals...many photographs n click o st.gr s w e and caress. re n epo for mo ttp://cret h Plakias Horse Riding Center was founded by Nikos Vardakis, who’d liked to combine his love for horses with his business, tourism. The stable started in 2004 and gradually grew bigger to what is now

known as “the place to ride” in Plakias and surroundings. Our stables are managed along North-European standards. Our staff is competent and multilingual. They have lots of experience in guiding trails and teaching, and will provide you with an enjoyable and safe ride experience. All the riding tours on the beaches of Plakias, the olive groves, or the surrounding mountains are amazing and very picturesque. The scenery with it’s beautiful flora and fauna is very enjoyable to take at an easy pace,but also suitable for active riding. The duration of the guided tours can be about 20 minutes up to 4 hours. In the non-guided tours you can go out toward the mountains for an hour or longer.

The parents will lead the donkey while the children ride. It’s desirable that they have a little riding experience. We will give you a route description and detailed information about the visiting area as well as the appropriate equipment.

olive groves with direction to Damnoni beach. During this short path they can enjoy the flora and fauna of south Crete as well as the view to the Damnoni beach. By arriving at the beach, the riders follow a path beside the

the top of the White Mountains (usually with snow until June) and enjoy the view of the small mountains around Plakias. If you won’t live it , you can’t imagine the Peace + the Freedom inside you...

A trip unique takes the riders to an amazing ride beside the sea, with direction to Damnoni and Ammoudi beaches. Starting from the horse riding center, the riders follow a path through flowers and

sea to the east, with direction to Ammoudi Beach. The view of the coast of southern Crete and the Libyan Sea is fantastic. After exploring the Ammoudi Beach, the riders take the way back, where they can discern

Plakias Horse Riding Center 7460 Plakias Rethimno Crete, Greece Phone: +30 28320 / 31196, 32033, 32034, 32018 Email: info@cretehorseriding.com


Carob: The lost Treasure of Crete Carob has a long history in

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human consumption. The Greek Theophrastus recorded in 4BC that his fellow Greeks called the carob the Egyptian Fig. There is also evidence that Ancient Egyptians used carob. Both the pods and seeds have been found in Egyptian Tombs. Further, the Romans ate the Carob pods when they were green and fresh for their natural sweetness. Thus, Carob is no newly discovered food. As the founder of Creta Carob, Elias Manousakas states “It is the lost treasure of Crete”. Cretan Carob n click o news tepost.gr e r o In Crete, the carob trees /cre for m http:/ thrive in difficult soils and like arid conditions that are naturally free of fungus and pests. Thus, the uses of chemical sprays are not necessary on Crete Island. The tree grows 15 m in 50 years. It does not bear fruit for the first 15 years. However, once fruiting, it will yield one ton of beans in one harvest. Carob pods are harvested in the middle of September. The growing carob pods look like green broad beans but they turn to a dark glossy brown as they age. Each pod can contain up to 15 seeds. Products you can’t even believe ou can taste from carob are: -Whole carob -Carob coffee -Carob Tea -Carob Biscuits

tiness in some teenagers eating larger amount of chocolate. Creta Carob was established in Carob is gluten free thus it is a 2006 and started its operations great treat for those who suffer in 2011. It is a family compa- from a condition called celiac ny that main focus is the pro- disease. duction of different biological • All of our carob products are products from the Carob Pods. gluten free, high in protein and Creta Carob is located in Crete low in fat. Island in a little village called • They contain twice as much calcium than dairy milk. Argyroupoli. Carob is a healthy alternative to cocoa. Carob, unlike cocoa, is free from caffeine and theobromine, that are both stimulants. • Also, carob does not contain amine and phenylethylamine which can trigger migraines and allergic reactions. • It has no oxalic acid which prevents the body using calcium and zinc. • Oxalic acid in cocoa may be connected to the onset of spot-Carobcake

• They are rich in Vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D and offer many traces of minerals. • They aid digestion, lower cholesterol levels, relieve diarrhoea in infants and adults, relieve asthma (whether or not caused by allergies), act as an expectorant, are caffeine free, ease coughs and colds, contain Gallic acid, and help prevent polio.


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