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Real Crete Manousos Tzanidakis was from Eleutherna of Rethymno. He was a man of dignity. Genlte soul, gentle manners. A real Cretan. “Kalws tsi!” This is how we greet here, in Crete. It means “welcome”. Welcome dear reader to the land of Crete, the land where Zeus, the God of the Gods was born, the land of hospitality, of El Greco, of Kazantzakis. Here, everything is in huge “quantity”: We eat a lot, we drink a lot, we argue a lot, we love a lot, we sing a lot and we dance a lot! Whatever we feel we express it through “mantinades”* -Our pain, our grieve, our happiness, anger… everything. In Crete, you can discover a whole new world. It’s not just the culture or the people. It’s mother Nature, the different places, towns and villages all put together in a magnificent picture. People here, especially the villagers will be warm, making you feel like family. They will offer you a “peskesi”. It might be something of no value at all but it will be from their heart. Take “It’s all Greek to me” with you as your companion, and travel all along the island. Swim into the sea, feel the sun burning your skin, taste the Cretan cuisine, drink wine and raki, dance and sing, laugh out loud and enjoy your staying in the biggest island of Greece! This is not another tourist guide. It’s something more than that. In this booklet you will find useful information about the island of Crete, the Museums, where to go to eat, drink and have fun. Here, we introduce you people that deserve our respect and should become our role models. There is also Cretan fashion too! Because creativity is one of Cretans’ characteristic over the centuries. This issue smells Crete! Summer- it’s here, feel it. “-What are you thinking of? -Crete, I said. -Me too, said my colleague. I’m thinking of Crete and my soul. If I was born again, I would like to see the first light again here. Crete has an unbeatable power […]” Nikos Kazantzakis- Μια Κυριακή στην Κνωσσό/ A Sunday at Knossos. * Mantinades (singular mantinada, Greek: μαντινάδα, μαντινάδες) is the art of musical declamation (recitative) in form of a narrative or dialogue, sung in the rhythm of accompanying music. The word is derived from Venetian matinada, “morning song”

Marianna Tziraki

• Visit the new archaeological museum and of course Knossos. The civilization of Minoas will amaze you especially the beauty of the place. • Walk around the city of Heraklion. Start from the “Koule” fortress near the port and walk all the way until the city-centre and the square of the lions’ fountain. Enjoy a dish of sweet bougatsa at “Kirkor” shop, wander around the streets of the flea market, the small streets and definitely end your tour at the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis, the most famous Cretan writer. • Take a trip to the south. Through beautiful agricultural villages, cross the whole district, drive up to the Asterousia mountains and then down to the Libyan sea. Have a cool dive into the clear waters of, maybe, the least touristic sea side of the island. • Visit at least one vineyard. “Tamiolakis”, “Douloufakis”, “Boutaris”, and many others! The entrance is open for the public. You will taste some of the best wines of Greece, not only of Crete. Search for the roads of Wine in Heraklion and taste the ancient Cretan art of winery. • Visit Anogeia. The wonderful traditional village near the borders of Rethymnon district and the mountain of Psiloritis. Walk around the picturesque streets and talk with Cretan old men, visit the house of the most famous Cretan singer, Nikos Xylouris and have a real traditional Cretan dish in one of the wonderful taverns. Do not forget to taste antikrysto meat, a way of meat grilled with the Cretan way.

ZALO means a step, in the local dialect of Crete. This is exactly what the ZALO boutique is about: a step forward to the world of souvenirs. It just opened its doors to the public, in order to reinvent the idea of… “something Greek” to bring back home. If you enjoy great design and want to discover real Greek creators, this is the place. Stelios and Manos, the owners and souls of ZALO are passionate with design and love Crete. They offer a range of exquisite, 100% Greek products -from handmade diaries and knowledge games, to homemade cosmetics and pure honey - to remind you of your time here and make you smile. It is worth a visit even to have a chat with the guys and find out some great tips about the local city life!

Papa Aleksandrou 2 ( Next to archaeological museum ) - Heraklion -

KLOTHO Klotho was the youngest daughter of the 3 Faiths. She was the one who decided the present of each human according to the myth. She sewed their destiny until death. Alexandra Theohari, loyal to the story of her country, mythology as well as Art in general, she decided to follow the steps of her grandmother and create in the island of Crete her own workshop, making her dream come true. The colorful threads, the golden stitches, the artistic patterns even the sound of her grandmother’s loom are so memorable and lead her to take the big step. “Klotho” brings Cretan woven to life again, though some people believed that it was out of fashion. Simple lines, geometrical patterns inspired by Greek and Cretan mythology with minimal influences of Classic Greece’s simplicity. “Klotho” creations are for those who love and appreciate the meaning of handmade, but also for those who visit Greece and want to find the authentic Greek creation. Clear Greek cotton, leather from local tanneries as well as cooperation with the best Greek industries in order to achieve the best result in the sewing and finish of the cloth. The patterns of the clothes and accessories of “Klotho” originate from books and albums of museums and collections that are then examined and fiddled by Alexandra without changing anything of their character. She spends hours of color matching in order to reach a final decision. The final stage is the weaving with the loom.

An atmospheric, cozy place and of the most popular gourmet hangouts of Heraklion, since 2000. All these years “Parasies” - the original name of the restaurant- has been opening its doors to foodies in a smaller, intimate and beloved place. Our desire and goal is to combine classic nostalgic flavors and special blends even at the simplest dishes so that we can please every taste. It is a daily challenge and a great honor for us, when guests, as we like to call our customers, recognize and appreciate our culinary philosophy. The quality food, the finest wine labels and a coordinated team, make sure you feel comfortable while enjoying scents, flavors and authentic recipes and offer you and your guests an ideal suggestion for quiet lunches and lively dinners. *According to the Cretan dialect parastia or parasia has been the traditional way of cooking in Crete for many years. A fire was set between two parallel rectangular stones and a cooking pan was put above. Thus ‘parasia’ was selected as the name of the restaurant, where the open kitchen dominates as a trademark. Sofokli Venizelou & Handakos 81, 71302, Heraklion Crete, Tel: +30 281 022 5009 - - instagram: parasties_urban_kitchen

Off we go to the summit! A mountain climber of Psiloritis shares his experiences

Interview with Stelios Votzis

The word “mountaineering” makes people think of “hill walking”. The truth is that it is not only that. There are more that are included in this general term like rock climbing, mountain skiing, alpinism etc. I first started mountain climbing four years ago, as an amateur, when I first enrolled in the local mountaineering club of Rethymno. I wanted to come closer to myself through nature. I wanted to experience that feeling of the unknown, of the primitive. It is so awesome being isolated from the anxious pace of everyday life, its comfort, or even technology. My love for mountains, the incredible feeling that nature provides, exploration have made me love mountaineering unconditionally and it has become a way of living for me now. You can really understand the meaning of freedom through nature’s beauty, you can learn companionship, and co-operation since there is no negative competition but only support and help. Above all, we are human, and we help each other whenever it is necessary. The unique moment when you reach the summit of the mountain is of exceptional meaning to me. The adrenaline, that strong feeling inside your heart makes you realize of what really matters in this life… and you can find it only up there. Crete is definitely one of the most blessed places to live. It is a great combination of mountain and sea. This authentic difference makes it so appealing to many outdoorsy. Anybody can go from the mountain to the sea in no time at all. Thanks to Crete’s nature we can go canoeing in any canyon we want- there are plenty of them here. We can go hiking, without any special knowledge or even night mountaineering. The first time I went to Psiloritis was three years ago. We started walking at night in order to see the sunrise at the summit. I will never forget that feeling. Since then I have been visiting Psiloritis every year. How to get to Psiloritis: The most well- known paths to follow in order to reach Psiloritis are the following: The first starts from the “Lakkos of Migeros” at a hight of 1568 meters by following a beautiful cobbled path that meets the E4 path at the hight of 2200 meters. If we keep following the east route of E4 we can reach Psiloritis and in specific- the chapel of “Timios Stavros” at the hight of 2456 meters. The other known route is from the East side of Psiloritis, in the spot of “Toumpotos Prinos” at the hight of 1.600 meters, where you can find the shelter of the Mountaineering club of Rethymno. In order to approach the shelter you can either go on foot or by car. You will also find a signed path (part of the E4 path) that starts from the village of Fourfouras (42 miles from Rethymno) and lasts for about four hours. If you go by car you can follow the road from the village of Kouroutes (45 miles from Rethymno) where there is a road of 12 kilometer until the

shelter. The duration is 3 hours. The last known route starts from the plateau of “Nida” (the hiking lasts for about five hours). The plateau of Nida is a very fertile land at a hight of 1.400 meters up in the mountain of Psiloritis , 24 miles away from the village of Anogeia and 78 kilometers away from the town of Rethymno. EQUIPMENT: According to the level of difficulty of the routes and as time passes an individual can get their equipment. • Hiking boots: Everybody should choose the proper boot for their foot in order to feel confident. It must be until the point of the ankle. It is up to the kind of hiking route that you will follow and there is a wide range of boots to choose from. There are special boots for mountaineering on ice etc. You should be very careful so as to make your walking safe. • Backpack: You should have a big waterproof mountaineering backpack (40-90 liter) with an adjustable back when on excursions of plenty hours, or days of hiking, as well as a smaller one (20-40 liter) for the more relaxed routes. • Clothes: We should have good quality clothes, especially synthetic ones, heating clothes, fleece blouses, socks, waterproof jacket, hiking trousers. According to the weather conditions you can optionally wear a hat, a cap, gloves, sunglasses, walking sticks, gaiters in order to avoid having snow inside your boots. • Pharmacy: Each of you should carry with them a personal pharmacy kit as full as you can. For example you can have antiseptic bandages, sticking plasters, painkiller, aluminum blanket etc. • It is also necessary to have soap in a separate case, toothpaste, tooth brush, wet napkins, plastic bags, as well as a billy can, a spoon, a fork and a flask. Make sure you have a sleeping bag, a substrate, a torch with extra batteries, a compass, a knife and an individual rope with you.

4essera Cause Greek is Chic 4essera is located in the center of Heraklio city, close to the Museum. In 4essera you can find clothes, accessories and shoes by new Greek designers that are manufactured exclusively in Greece. 4essera that means “four” in Greek and “pass” in Latin, gives every modern woman a way of fashion. 35, Idomeneos St. Heraklion +30 2813009238 - fb/instagram: 4essera

Tsourlakis Tiles

The most famous tiles in the world have one name “Tsourlakis tiles” and they are made in Rethymno, in Crete. Countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, England, and even Dubai, choose the well known “Tsourlakis tiles” of Vaggelis Tsourlakis in order to give a special style in their places. Everything started in 1913, with the grandfather of Vaggelis, who was the one who was making tiles and other constructing products. After that, the business passed down to the hands of Vaggelis’ father and his uncles, but they only produced tiles. Years later, since Vaggelis Tsourlakis had gained a lot of experience from the factory he started making tiles on his own, without knowing that he would create a unique style that would make the difference. He started in 2011-2012. The templates that he followed are the neoclassical houses in Athens, with their impressive colorful tiles. Each of the customers can create their own tiles! Tsourlakis tiles have a white range of tiles and patterns to choose from. Whether you are an individual or an architect you can design your own tile, and the mold will be kept with your own name in their storage and can be used whenever you need. The materials used are completely natural: marble dust, sand, concrete, and minerals that help us to produce the colors. There are very few factories of this kind in the world and our way of working is totally traditional.

info: - Find Us on Facebook : Tsourlakistiles

LOOMHANDMADE BAGS From Crete with style! We will always go back to the old way… and we will always find ways to combine it with the present. Tradition and handmade products go together with our present and our future and this won’t change. It is a part of the Greek culture! This is the concept of “Loomhandmade” bags. Somewhere in the village of Argyroupoli, in the beautiful, cozy workshop of Eleni Kouidi and Antonia Stathaki, a mother and daughter team, you can find the most elegant handmade bags you have ever seen. Each and every of the bags is made only for once and that is what makes them so special and unique! “Loomhandmade” bags are -as the word says- made with a loom, fabric by fabric. The materials used are all 100% natural, like sheep’s hair that is dyed by the two women, cotton cloth, rags from old clothes, noodles or leather. The basic characteristic of all our products is our respect to Mother -Nature.

“Danae”, “Kirki”, “Helen”, “Penelope”, “Klotho”, “Atropos”, “Artemis”, “Aphrodite”, “Hera”, “Demetra”, “Estia” are some of the names- collections of Loomhandmade all inspired by the Ancient Greek mythology. Be sure that the bag that you are holding has its own personality, style and name- Literally!

Archontiki Soap pure products with grandma’s recipe Fresh ideas, herbs, fragrance oils combined with pure olive oil are the basic ingredients that make the “Archontiki soaps” so unique. Aggeliki Reizaki has created a cozy and traditional workshop in which she produces her soaps at the village of Archontiki in Rethymno. Today she follows the steps of her grandmother Aggeliki who was her tutor and has developed her recipe. The procedure of the soaps’ production has been turned into a ritual by Aggeliki. Her colorful soaps smell so fresh like they are real fruits! And the most important thing are their high level of quality with the certificate of the General Chemical State laboratory that assures each customer that Archontiki soaps are appropriate for use for every kind of skin. “Since I was a little girl I remember myself being in the world of soaps! The most characteristic thing of my grandma was that she would put oil, water and soda in a big pot. And then after she had had her mixture done she would pour it in a wooden drawer. When the mixture was cool and set, she started cutting it”. Of course Aggeliki has found new ways and techniques for the production of her soaps in order to make them more impressive. Fragrance oils, and other pure ingredients like aloe vera, daphne, jasmine, honey, and many other are her new ingredients. The handmade “Archontiki soaps” are in separate categories: •

Olive soaps (simple, with aloe, with daphne, with honey)

Scented soaps (vanilla, lavender, magnolia, rose)

• Glycerin soaps (vanilla, gardenia, carnation, jasmine, cinnamon, watermelon, lavender, lemon, strawberry, chamomile) Don’t forget to try the special body oils with gardenia, magnolia, jasmine, vanilla, coconut, watermelon, baby powder! Find out more information about the handmade “Archontiki soaps” as well as for orders too in their webpage: & fb page: Archontiki-Soap-Shop


“THE CRETAN” by Agapi Papoutsaki

I met him at his village, Houdetsi. He has been there for 35 years. Labyrinth is his home and Houdetsi, Crete are his homeland. He first came in Crete in 1970 with a friend. Ross had already started studying plenty of music idioms, not only European. One night, completely out of the blue he listened to the music coming out of a lyra at a local café of Kamilari village. He liked its sound so much and this is how his relationship with this musical instrument started. “During the middle years I gave up my studies in European music and dedicated myself completely to Indian music and Afghanistan’s music too. After I had travelled a lot in those places and studied their music, I went back to England in 1974 where I started mapping again a new trip to India in order to continue the job I had started there. Due to the fact that those kinds of trips to such places are so tiring I thought of stopping by to Crete and try myself in Lyra that I remembered I liked so much. So, there I was in Crete again in 1975. One thing brought the other and eventually I stayed here starting to learning with my tutor, Kostas Mountakis.” As time goes by and I get to know him I understand that in some way the music of Crete touched him and fitted completely his own temperament.

-You were born in England. Your parents are Irish and you have travelled around the world, you have learnt about different musical traditions and have collaborated with many musicians. In what way do you believe that all these experiences and the different stimulus have shaped and keep shaping your music identity? The music that each individual produces is an instant result of what they have experienced themselves internally and externally. So, all the things that I, personally have experienced in my life since I was a little boy, when I used to live in America, Canada, Japan and England, as well as when I was older, and India, Afghanistan, here in Greece. All these musical idioms have affected me. All the things that I do have a power on me. I try to let them affect me freely I do not try to be authentic concerning their characteristics. In fact, I believe that every individual can be authentic only with themselves. Nowadays, I think that this is getting more and more intense because, in my opinion nobody is a product of a specific culture. Maybe after sixty or seventy years we will be able to talk about that. If someone is born in Greece, and has been brought up here that person is a product of Greek culture because that person hasn’t experienced any other culture. The truth is that all of us have effects, and experiences from other cultures, so we all have various origins from many places of the world, so this is somehow a rule. -You have studied a lot many of the musical traditions of the East. Is there any special feature that attracted you and pushed you there? I was always the kind of person that was attracted by those kinds of music since I was a little child. Before I was born, my parents had lived in Iraq for four years. My mother, as a musician would listen to some melodies sung by the locals there, and she remembered them even when I was a child and she would play them with the piano. I remember myself looking at her. I felt like she wanted to tell me something. Although I started with a violoncello when I turned eleven years old I started playing the guitar and around thirteen or fourteen years old- when we lived in San Francisco, in America, a friend of my father took me one night to Alik Akbar Khan’s concert. That was a top Indian musician that played the Sarod, one of the most popular musical instruments of North Indian music. People of Stanford’s university would regularly organize concerts with Indian music or Iraq’s. I was so amazed with that concert because it was the first time I had ever listened to that kind of music. Those years

we had only heard of those kinds of melodies by a sitar with Beatles’ songs. The first thing I noticed was that I have always been keen on the form and the discipline in classical musicthat was the reason why I liked it so much, so when I heard that man playing- subconsciously I could understand the freedom of improvisation, and the form that provokes you to exceed yourself. That was what impressed me the most. When I went back home and for the next few days I kept trying to mime the melody of his songs with my guitar. I soon realized that I needed that specific musical instrument in order to play that music. So again I changed my destination. For the next two years I didn’t do anything special on that and when I went to England I came across the Indian society of London. This is how my schooling in Indian music started. Later on, my tutor sent me to his own tutor. I passed from Afghanistan too where I stayed nine to ten months and had lessons with Ustad Mohammad Omar, a top executive of rabab in that period. (musical instrument of Afghantistan’s music). Through all these trips of course, I stopped by Persia, Turkey, Greecethat I realized that all the musical idioms have so many relations between them, that they are not individual, but strongly connected. That made me understand that there is another type of music which- apart from the European polyphonic music, is called Tropical music and that it is based on modes. “Modes” are like musical recipes that I personally prefer calling them “music archetypes”. While I was getting to know this kind of musical world I started realizing other things concerning the goals and reason of existence of that specific music that really meant a lot to me. East music- especially when we talk about our era has to do a lot with the meaning of personal expression. It’s not always like that, but this is what we usually come across nowadays and in East music’s tradition. Unfortunately I believe that especially in the 20th century it is strongly emphasized and I can see some exaggerations. They ask you “What is melody?”, “What is rhythm?” but nobody can listen to them at all. I have always adored good melodies. That has always been of exceptional importance to me, as well as the magic of rhythm and the combination of these two. Nobody can describe the magic of a melody or of a musical pattern because these two touch us inside, we just know it, just feel it. It’s something that makes us expand our view on many things. First of all, on time: when you listen to a song, you are in close relation with its beginning and ending. You experience it spherically. We exceed our own conception.

This is the dimension that East musical traditions emphasize. They don’t care about personal expression and emotions even though this is what most of the people think. But it’s not. Here in Crete, there is a specific song that is called “Oso varoun ta sidera” (As the irons keep hitting). It is a song with such sad lyrics that is sung by a happy melody. I will always remember that when I would listen to that song, especially in melodies of that kind, the singers or players were so passionate, but this didn’t make a good impression on me. These songs need a more gentle way. You just express the feeling, with the melody and the lyrics, nothing else. There is a code of exceeding the personal dimension. But how far can it take you? It might take you far from your own limits and can change the feeling of time. Sometimes, I think of music’s power. The fact that it can give you so much and you can gain so many experiences in a life that is so short that in any other dimension of experience we would need thousands of years. I have found tropical traditions that work for me- personally, I don’t say that this is for people- and they do affect me a lot. There are also other musical idioms from East’s tradition too that have the same effect on me and on other people but w have to make some choices and I chose East music.

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-The music workshop that you have founded at Choudetsi called “Labyrinth” has a very good reputation and is very active. What goals did you have in the beginning and do you feel that you have accomplished them?

This happens for sure, because music speaks in a more deep and substantial way to people. It’s what I call the archetypes. There is a specific procedure of translation of that archetype into experiences etc. So, when people feel that there is something common in this experiencing basis, this means that they not only understand someone else’s experiences but they also feel like they are theirs. This exact thing happens with music too.

Labytinth started basically as a group of research in 1982. All the people that belonged in that group played together in Heraklion in different shops and earned our living by playing music. Of course, that was really good and pleasant for us because it’s a blessing making money by doing what you love. But we didn’t play what we really loved but what was catchy. There are other people doing jobs that they don’t like at all. We were lucky enough to have music. We wanted to do other things for our personal pleasure, to feel full. So, that’s why we decided to gather and study different types of music, not only local ones. Sometimes, somebody from another place would come to us and give us some new material to study. All these things happened while I was having a more close relationship with discography and teaching. So “Labyrinth” ended up being a music production company and was transformed into a kind of music school. We also opened a music school in Petralona, Athens, but the main school “Labyrinth” was still working and at that time there were many tutors there,

Labyrinth today! The dreams for the future… The seminars are in a very good way. In the first thirteen- fourteen years we would put emphasis basically on existing traditions like Cretan music, Anatolia’s music, Horasan of Persia’s music, Afghanistan’s, North India’s which are specific traditions that come from the past and get new shape today. However, the last three years we emphasize something extra which is very important to me, the feature of contemporary and new creation. It’s not enough studying the past, but also to be able to use this material in a more creative present. This dimension is the one that starts getting features not necessarily local. For example, we have musicians that are from Crete, they play lyra, they care and love cretan music, but they also have an interest on other musical patterns that are related to Cretan music. So, this means that each and every of them can have a geographic starting spot but this is not a limitation. It is where it starts, not where it ends. In what degree and with what way music brings people from different cultures together- and maybe people from different mentality. What is your own experience?

-Are there any concerts you will participate in this summer? Of course there are concerts that I am organizing during summer. There are also some separate at Labyrinth every Friday in the garden starting from the 17th of June until the middle of September- with a concert with a variety of musicians as guests and other musicians who are tutors in the workshop. The concerts are free for public throughout summer. There is also a festival which is in 4th -7th of August for this year, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday- and at the same time we have some plans for other concerts in different places in Crete and off- although I am not usually absent during summer due to the seminars. It is not right to miss them until they finish. But sometimes I go to some trips, but only few.

“Koukouvagia” offers an unbeatable quality of food based on the everyday supply of our products from local Cretan and not only- producers. Our dishes are prepared with love and care from our cook- team. Our drinks (wine, tsikoudia, ouzo, retsina) are totally traditional and the design of the place reminds you of an old Cretan workshop. The artistic mezedopolio (* place to eat appetizers) Koukouvagia has its own signature and this can be seen by the warm hug of the regular customers of Heraklion- and not only, as well as customers from other places of Crete coming for our innovating and high-quality tastes, our spectacular and friendly service. Artistic Mezedopolio - Koukouvagia Milatou 13 - Heraklion


Telephone: +30 2810 283307 FB: koukouvagiaKM

We renovated an old urban house from the decade of 50’s in the city centre. We kept all the basic characteristics of its architecture as well as the “air” of the past. We offer coffees of the “Speciality” category from all over the world and we produce espresso and French coffee with different ways in order to emphasize their flavors. In our wine list we chose delicate wines from every kind of composition. We accompany them with food or snacks based on fresh, local products. According to the season and the mood, somebody can enjoy them in our pedestrian area or our green inside yard, in our urban rooftop under the stars or even next to the cellar and our library area. Idaiou Androu 7 - Heraklion

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A park in the city centre of Heraklion! An idea that finally came true after several years of thinking in one of the most central streets, at Milatou street! In a totally green environment full of trees,“Parko” introduces a new way of escaping from our routine combining at the same time an excellent quality of taste,a specialized production of cocktails and a direct, friendly service. Milatoy & Idaiou Antrou - Heraklion - Τelephone:+30 697 487 0135- FB: parko240

• Visit the old Venetian harbour. Don’t miss the sunset hour! • Maritime museum of Crete. The whole history of Crete is there! • Archaeological museum of Crete: One of the most interesting museums. Don’t forget to take a photo of the garden. • Agioi Apostoloi beach. Perfect for families and children. • Visit the open Market for the best souvenirs and ouzeri of the town.

KYRVAN Kyrvan means made in Crete The small beautiful boutique in West Villafe, in the most beautiful neighborhood of New York belongs to the designers that have “Made in New York” on their labels. It has been a long time since I last saw such a “proud” brand. It is the kind of brands that stands out and has transformed the traditional and folklore style into Art. It has developed what we call artistic creation to a new revelation. KYRVAN has its base in Ierapetra, a seaside town on the island of Crete, formerly known as “Kyrva”. It is founded by three friends whose common origin and love for their local heritage inspired them to create an everyday elegant espadrille shoe handmade from traditions wefts and patterns. There is only one basic philosophy of this brand: Μake high quality shoes that stand out for their unique identity and craftsmanship, and at the same time to promote local tradi-tions and preserve the art of weaving and shoe making. Though they strive to make their products locally, they are also passionate about providing the highest quality of materials. Therefore we source the soles of our shoes from our Mediterranean neighbors in Spain, who are the original jute sole artisans. Their shoes, dressed with traditional wefts and patterns, are handmade in Crete by local artisans. Some of our fabrics come from local weaving workshops, and others are vintage traditional textiles. Each pair is one-of-a-kind and the number of pairs for each style is limited. The shoes are packaged in a traditional Cretan handmade shoulder bag called a “Vour-gia”, with braided strings and a tassel, made from 100% cotton. The Vourgia bag was tra-ditionally used by Cretan farmers to carry their food, water or wine when they went to work in the fields.


“Pentovola” is a beautiful shop in the city centre of Heraklion near the area of Agios Minas. You will find unique Greek presents, all handmade with love. 20 Katexaki str - Heraklion - Τel: +30 6978 130 011 - FB: Stella Stivaktaki

LIFE IS A BEACH MISSION: CRETE Ammolofoi- Kedrodasos- Agiofaraggo- Maridaki Mpalos- Elafonisos- Falasarna- Vai Without any doubt Crete’s history is full of great and heroic moments. But the island is not only known for that. Mother Nature makes this island the perfect place to visit. Of course this is something that you can read about and not experience by yourself during your vacation. That’s why, “Life is a beach” will help you with that and we will recommend you the best beaches of the island. Allow us to ask you whether you like adventure or you want to combine comfort and pleasure at the same time. Because of democratic reasons, our recommendations are equal for both types. Let’s begin with the adventure seekers. Based on the quote “No pain, no gain” LIAB* suggests five beaches that might be difficult to reach but will definitely pay you off if you try! Starting with the municipality of Rethymno, the best beach to visit is Ammolofoi (hills of sand). It’s the perfect beach to gaze at the sunset while being totally relaxed and free of any kind of civilization. The reason why this beach falls into the “action” category is that it is difficult to both descend and ascend it. So, avoid midday hours because the sand is extremely hot!


Our next stop smells like Chania… The place is called “Kedrodasos”. Believe us, words are so poor to describe. Even though it s a bit difficult to reach, the beauty of Kedrodasos cannot be compared to anything! There are trees of cedar all around, making the best shade under Crete’s hot sun. Both Ammolofoi and Kedrodasos have no access to tavernas or any other kiosk for water so it is necessary to bring some on your own. Kedrodasos

Leaving from Chania, LIAB stops at the municipality of Heraklion for two suggestions. Our first beach is “Agio Faraggo” (Saint Canyon) and we strongly recommend it! There are some pros as well as cons concerning this beach. The cons are the 25-30 minutes of hiking through the canyon. 5 meters before meeting the beautiful beach, you will see a chapel with a well so you can drink water from it. Agio farrago is the perfect destination because it combines clean water and a spectacular sense of isolation. It is undoubtedly Cretans’ favourite beach.

Agio farrago

While crossing Heraklion, we stop by the “Maridaki” beach. Here, we enter a small but very picturesque and beautiful village which is full of welcoming people and small tavernas. The beach is definitely to be compared to the other beaches mentioned. Water is so clear like crystal! There is also an imposing rock hill that surrounds the beach. The reason why this beach is in the category of “action” is the difficult access to it because of the road. Maridaki

Loyal to our promise we will now move on to some other kinds of beaches that combine comfort first and will please your eyes at the same time! Starting with the municipality of Chania, “Life is a beach” suggests “Mpalos”. Its view gives the sense of being in a movie scene. The feeling is one of a kind! You can reach Mpalos by boat. It is a cool (literally) way and you can also stop for a dive into the waters of Gramvousa. Mpalos

Next stop: Elafonisos. The access is very easy. Here you can enjoy the clean water and the wellknown pink sand. It is one of the most famous beaches of Crete and of the world- better than the fame of a museum! And of course visiting a museum during our vacation is also necessary!


There is also one more beach that makes us stay in the Municipality of Chania, specifically in Kasteli. Falasarna is the beach that combines accommodation, fun, and of course delicious food from the picturesque tavernas. The biggest advantage of Falasarna is the sunset. In our own words sunset is like fried potatoes. Everybody likes them. The colours during the setting are exceptionally intense and the feeling cannot be described. We like it. End of story- So, Falasarna have a hidden “weapon�. Falasarna

It is difficult yet necessary to leave Chania- a place that- from our point of view has the majority of beautiful beaches- and we move on to Vai and its palm forest. The beach is full of palm trees and it is 24 kilometers away in the east from Sitia and about 6 kilometers from Palekastro. Its access is very easy and there is a variety of gastronomical choices to make, so it is absolutely necessary to visit. We shouldn’t forget mentioning that this is maybe the only beach with sand in the Municipality of Lasithi. Vai

The Wooden Handmade Sunglasses & Accessories from Crete A small workshop based in Crete that creates top quality handmade wooden sunglasses & other objects. Made from pure wood & organic lenses they will be your favorite summer accessory. For more woodcrafts, memorabilia & wooden jewellery visit us today! We love nature, we love simplicity, we love to use our hands, our crafts and our tools & we love to recycle! Like us for more details on our techniques & products: Fb pages : Double O Sunglasses | Double O Woodcrafts Georgiou Gennimata 94, Agia Marina Heraklion, Crete, Greece Tel.: +30 2810 261174



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Fairyllet company is related to the field of design, creation and trading of dancing equipment. Our basic principles are quality, consistency and responsibility.

With a long-time experience in the field of dance and shows, we can help you design and create the theme of the costumes that you want to represent. We can support costume orders for groups for all kinds of dances, costumes for shows of dance schools and rhythmic gymnastics as well as special creations and costumes for kindergarten and schools. ADDRESS: Pediados 93 Kainourgia Porta, Heraklion

Tel: +30 281 033 6882

•Visit the old town. Stroll around the cobbled streets and feel the magic of the Venetian and Turkish Architecture. •Fortetzza fortress. Don’t miss the sunset! The view is amazing! •Triopetra beach. Swim into the sea and enjoy the sun. •Beaches of the South. Visit them all! Especially Agios Pavlos. The small chapel is so picturesque! •Visit the brand- new museum of Eleutherna! •Visit the central Park of the town of Rethymno! It is full of trees and you will avoid the hot sun too! There is a brand-new playground for families to visit!


Maria Nafpliotou Actress “Even though I have my grandmother’s name Maria’s from Sifnos, from the side of my father, I have the body of my mother who was from Crete. I wasn’t born there but my bondage with the island is very strong. I remember those bright years as a child there and they are so memorable. I was so cheerful and free. I still have very alive relationship with my relatives there. We are 32 cousins, maybe 36- we still argue about that. I’m sure you can imagine of our everyday life then. Every year I had the most beautiful summertime. We would play in the village, we would speak with the Cretan accent just because we didn’t want to be laughed at by the other children and get the nick name of “The Athenians”. We would also feed the pigs and clean up the barns! We were so free that no one really cared where we were all day. We were everywhere. At each house of the village each time. My village was and still is my biggest love”

Christopher Papakaliatis Film director - Actor “Crete is my shelter. My father is Cretan. I grew up in Athens since I was four years old, but Crete will always be my home. The biggest part of my family lives there, my brother, my cousins. All my memories are with no doubt associated with our vacation, Easter holidays, and summertime there�.

Kostas Kaparos

Founder & Creative Director of Caparo company

I spent my childhood during summer at Nea Peramos, a suburb of Kavala and during winter I was in Rethymno. My mother is from the Nothern part of Greece and my father is Cretan. Sea and mountains. Thessaloniki and Vrisinas. Two cultures all mixed up. All my memories of the village are so free. This is how I grew up… I studied graphics in Athens and here I am… stuck in the capital city for a decade. I became a part of the TEDx Anogeia team in summer of 2014. I took on the champagne and the optical identity of the conference. After one year it still remains one of the best experiences I ever had, the people, the knowledge, the memories from that night of the 8th of August at Anogeia in the heart of Psiloritis, Saint Yakinthus. Even though this event is over, there is something that will keep this memory alive, like the design “Light your way up” which was the motto of the conference. It has been loved ever since and has been recognized successfully. It has been awarded with nine prices in Greece and abroad. 3 bronze Ermis Awards, EVGE award & praise EVGE (Greek graphic & illustration awards), 2 awards in the new designers’ competition, bronze award in the European Design Awards. It has also been hosted in electronical and printed publications around the world. The campaign narrates optically the obscurantism of our times and explains that the only way of getting to the top is with knowledge as our weapon. The heroes in this surrealistic tale for grown-ups are Zeus, Kourites, Thor, Highlanders and an imaginative Cretan guy with the moustache and the Cretan head -bandage (the text of the tale belongs to Katerina Vaimaki) . I decided to stay in Greece and not abandon her now even though I had many proposals from abroad and created the Caparos graphic company. Our job has to do with corporate and product branding as well as with the illustration.


Curriculum Vitae He was brought up in the mountains of Crete but he had always had a special love for the sea. Yiorgis is a true cosmopolitan, he likes travelling around the world with his characteristic temperament and he is extremely lovable in every part of the world. He has very good relationship with all high societies and especially in media that host him regularly in every kind of TV show and although Yiorgis is a man of low profile he does their favor and he narrates his stories as well as his views.In his CV you can find a variety of occupations since Yiorgis has worked as an astrophysicist, cheese producer, beekeeper, madinadologist*, carpenter, philosopher, taxi driver, diplomat, doctor of the world, web developer, café owner, fisherman, politician, political scientist, and recently he has been asked to be a member of the new space mission of Crete to the moon with the title “Moon, so many secrets”. When he is not away on a trip he usually goes to Athens for fun or for business reasons so there is a range of places where you can spot him like Koukaki, Petralona, Eksarhia, Kolonaki, Glyfada or Kifisia, because Yiorgis is a gentleman and a street person. He is also a nominee for Nobel award for Mantinades and has won the guiness award for drinking raki for 32 days and nights at the café of the upper square of the village with only a watermelon as a meze without seeds and some cretan cheese. Yiorgis is also one of the biggest heartbreakers and all women sigh whenever he passes next to them. He always wears his golden chain on his chest (beti). It has been around his neck since he was five years old and he was born with a thick, curved, black moustache, something that has created a big scientific phenomenon in mankind.

Personal information Whenever Yiorgis wants to say something, he is straight and has no fear. Eventhough he doesn’t speak that much. His favorite quote is “Nothing” (Prama). He is low profile, generous, genious, and strange as the New York Times recently wrote about him in a special interview about him. “The most controversial personality from the Cretan Mountains”

Personal interests Cheese production, Philosophy, Politics, Art, Tasting, Grilling of roasted lamb, public speaking, mantinades, Cretan music, beekeeping, hanging out for coffee, walking, raki, social events, PR, diving, fishing, etc. *Mantinadologist: The person who makes up mantinades, the art of musical declamation in form of a narrative or dialogue, sung in the rhythm of accompanying music. Spring (Aniksi) “First day of Spring “ Yiorgis © 2015 “Today you wore again that white garment that suits you And the flowers of May are complaining again “Evales pali simero to aspro pou sou paei Kai paraponethikane ta loulouda toy Mai”

Mother’s day (Giorti tis Miteras) “Misemos” Yiorgis © 2015 “Dear mother, your loss Leaves a difficult gap Listen to that, mother just for once from your older son” “Mana mou diskolo keno afini o misemos sou Akousto mana mia fora Ap’to megalo gio sou” My proud mother, My shy mother I can’t believe that The call is for you “Mana mou uperifani, Kai ntropali mou mana Den to pistevo pos xtypa Gia sena h kabana”

“Moon, I am asking you Do not forget of my mother I don’t want you to leave her In the dark” “Feggari paragelo sou Kai min to lismoniseis Ti mana mou sta skoteina Den thelo na afiseis” Put as a sign The summit of Psiloritis that is full of snow In order not to get lost Because she will be waiting for you “Tou Psiloriti tin korfi Tin chionoskepasmeni Vale simadi min xathis Giati tha perimenei” Lyrics: Loudovikos of Anogeia

A place dressed in mystery… with style and fun mood, a Party Restaurant that every night its heart beats in the rhythms of the city…. Welcome to Dish… a “plate” with lots of flavors, great mood, fun and livelihood and almost 24hour operation! In the area the light grey color is dominant with small touches of metal decorative details. The restaurant area is relaxed and cozy giving out a warm atmosphere and in the bar you will find industrial decorative touches and the always welcoming bar for drinks and chat. The menu is all about fresh materials and you will find salads, pasta and tasteful plates with meat. The rhythms start early in the morning for a relaxing coffee and sweets and at noon you can enjoy your lunch or a break from work. At night, Dish is “the place to be”, the rhythms are going high and the music is loud and funky, until the first morning hours. In the heart of Heraklion, a place that sets the tone with distinctive style, personal service and unique tastes! SERVICES Dish is the ideal place for small, relaxed personal events, business lunches and small corporate events.

• Visit the town of Agios Nikolaos and have a drink by the lake • Don’t miss a visit to Spinalonga and Plaka. You will definitely start reading the “Island”, a best seller book written for Spinalonga’ story. • Elounda Kolokytha beach. You have to swim in Kolokytha beach. • Mohlos village. Best fish taverns in the area. • Visit Monastiraki village and its famous canyon

My own Spinalonga

by Nikos Orfanos

We all know Spinalonga…that uninhabited island in the gulf of Mirabelos. Everybody! Not only Cretans. Spinalonga is one of the most visited places in Crete after Knossos. Maybe it’s the beauty of the landscape, maybe the history, the memorable feeling of walking around the Venetian walls make the visit there a unique emotional experience. Spinalonga is a moving place. As I personally experienced it, for thirteen months in a row during the filming of “The Island”, in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Thousands of people used to live there, in that dry rock. Venetian soldiers, chainides, rebels, Turkish- Cretan, leprous, and now visitors all over the world. If you stand under a shadow of the walls and gaze at the island, you can imagine of the everyday life of those people, their happiness, their sadness, the kicking out, their fights, their life, their death, you will feel like every small stone of that island is a joyful but at the same time sorrow memory, forgotten… It is the life that touched the stones and gazed what you can see now while you are thinking. The narrow paths of Elouda, hug that little rock with the immense energy. You will see the clouds covering the land and Spinalonga being spotlighted by the sun. When you leave from Agios Nikolaos, without wind and reach Plaka, with the wind blowing so badly. I am wondering, who is the one that created that otherworldly micro-climate? I prefer explaining it with my imagination than with meteorological facts interpretations. If you go to Plaka you must definitely cross the sea and get to Spinalonga. Walk all the way through the loggia and wander around the Muslim buildings that are being renovated very quickly. See the leprous’ houses. Stand across the walls in front of the old hospital and the small church. Spinalonga was a place that society didn’t want to remember, because it was thought to be a place of torture and pain and wanted to wash away everything associated to it. Luckily we found out that it was a place full of love, sympathy, dignity and of extreme beauty. And of course… it was a place full of magic! If you visit Spinalonga for once you will be drawn by something back there, again and again… whenever you step your foot on Crete. But what am I saying? Is there a place on this island that doesn’t “call you to go back”?


Museum Experience

Historical Museum of Crete The Historical Museum of Crete is situated in a very beautiful neighborhood of Heraklion’s port. The museum was founded in 1953, with the goal of keeping the cultural heritage of Crete from the byzantine period until today safe- and of course represent it to the visitors. The building is an old neoclassical of 1903 that has been recently extended. The visitor has the chance to learn about the History and Art of the island through a modern point of view. The goal is to make the sightseeing more alive and friendly to the visitor. The use of technological applications is an example. The collections of the museum include byzantine objects, or from the period of Venetians, of Ottomans, but there are also exhibits that light up the recent history and culture like the ethnographic collection or the part of the building about the second world war. Also, some of the parts are dedicated to some special personalities that are associated to Greece like Nikos Kazantzakis, El Greco, whose pieces of art are in the museum too. House of Α. & Μ. Kalokairinou. Sofokli Venizelou 27 / Lysimachou Kalokairinou 7 71202 Heraklion, Crete Tel: (+30) 2810 283219, (+30) 2810 288708- Fax: (+30) 2810 283754 Winter hours: (November- March) Monday- Saturday | 09.00-15.30 Sundays- public holidays: closed Summer hours (April- October) Monday- Saturday | 09.00-17.00 | Sundays- public holidays: closed

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum The museum of Nikos Kazantzakis is dedicated to one of the most significant personalities in Crete. It is situated in the central square of Myrtia. This is the village where Kazantzakis was from. It is a quite picturesque village just a few miles away from Heraklion. The Museum was founded in 1983 by Kazantzakis’ relative, the writer George Anemogiannis, with the goal of keeping Kazantzakis memory alive as well as to promote his works and thoughts. The building was ultimately renovated in 2009 by following a new approach in the way of presenting the museum’s collections according to contemporary practices’ for Museums. With this way the exhibition was enriched with new interactive sound- optical exhibits and has given the chance to the visitors for wireless audio touring. The exhibition of the museum includes written works of Kazantzakis as well as letters, Greek and foreign publications of his books, paper works, personal objects and photographs, rare audio-optical material, theatrical material and other pieces of Art that depict Nikos Kazantzakis. The visitor can also watch a documentary about his life and his works (in seven languages). Furthermore, there is a splendid library where someone can read the books of the Cretan writer and relax. Myrtia 70100, Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia Heraklion, Crete Telephone: 2810 741689, Fax: 2810 742232 E-mail: The Museum is open: April- October Monday- Sunday 09:00 until 17:00 Closed during public holidays November- March Only Sundays 10:00 until 15:00

Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete The museum of contemporary art of Crete is in the old town of Rethymno near the fortezza fortress. The public art gallery of “Kanakakis L.” which was founded in 1992, with 150 works of art was gradually developed and became one of the best museums in Crete. Today there are 650 works of art inside it, all created by contemporary Greek artists. The basic axis of the building is Venetian and during the 20th century it was used as a soap-making workshop. The building was connected with the one next to it and became this fine modern museum. The basic gallery a part of which is dedicated to the Rethymnian painter L. Kanakakis- follows the Greek artistic production of the second half of the 20th century. It is emphasized on the decades of 1970, 1980 and 1990. Also, there are some special exhibitions with national character hosted. It is to be pointed out that the visitor can ask for touring in the Museum’s basic and temporary exhibitions in Greek and in English. Mesologgiou 32, 74 131 Rethymno | Τ: +30 28310 52530 E-mail: 1 May - 31 October: Tuesday - Friday

09:00-14:00 & 19:00-21:00

Saturday- Sunday 10:00-15:00 | Monday: Closed 1 November - 30 April: Tuesday until Friday


Wednesday & Friday 09:00-14:00 & 18:00-21:00 Saturday - Sunday Monday



Museum of Typography (Chania) Just a few seconds outside the town centre of Chania you can find a one of a kind museum. It is one of the most special that is in Greece and it is called “Typography Museum” of John and Helen Garedaki. The museum is a member of the European Typography association and for this year it is a candidate for one of the most important European awards, the title “European museum of the year 2016”. It was a personal vision of the editor of the local newspaper “Chania news” John Garedakis, who was the one that made this idea come true thanks to the help of willing colleagues. Since 2005 that was the opening day, the Museum keeps being informed and enriched with new exhibits. The visitor can learn about the history and evolution of typography from the ages of Gutenberg until today through a rich exhibition that includes not only plenty of kinds of pressing machines but also a variety of machines, tools and other objects that are associated with the Art of typography. Between the exhibits there are also rare books, archives of newspapers and lithography, while recently there has been added an exhibition about the history of writing. The basic goal of the Museum is to be visited by students, researchers, people of all ages who will have the chance to gain knowledge and to create their opinion about Typography through touring and applications. During your visit you will have the chance to type on your own in the old pressing machines of the museum. Manufacturing Park Chania, Building 13-03. Access only by car/taxi. Easy entrance for disabled people. Contact: T: +3028210 80090, +3028210 51003 (115) Email: Winter schedule: During winter the museum will be opened every Sunday 10:00 - 15:00. Visits of groups and other days can occur only with an appointment. T: 2821051003 (εσ. 115) και 6974020861. Summer Schedule 18/4 - 30/9:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10.00-16.00 Friday: 11.00-19.00 | Monday & Saturday: Closed

Historical Archives of Crete The historical archives of Crete is situated in a neoclassical building in Chania, and it is thought to be the second most important archive of Greece after the General Archives of State, because of the amount of archives and the material. It was founded in 1920 and its basic goal was to collect, archive, and supervise every kind of material or evidence that is associated with the history of Crete while making sure that both citizens and special researchers will have access to it. The archives that are kept here are over 1.000.000 and cover the period of 1821 until today. In the collection there is also the official correspondence of the Cretan rebellion, the archives of the Cretan fighters, official papers of the Turkish slavery in Crete as well as the whole archive of the Cretan State (the independent Cretan state from 1898-1913, so Crete joined Greece). There are also archives from the second World War and so many more archives. Furthermore, in the building you can find special objects with historical significance. There is a room dedicated to the ex prime minister of Greece and executive Greek politician, Eleutherios Venizelos. The visitor can see some of his personal objects. Also, there are books to see and rare published ones in the building’s library (No borrowing of books is allowed though). Address: Ι. Sfakianaki 20, 73134 Chania, Tel - fax: 28210 52606 e-mail: and Internet site Hours for public: 9:00 - 13:00 except Saturday - Sunday and public holidays

Museum of Dominikos Theotokopoulos / El Greco The museum of Dominikos Theotokopoulos/ El Greco is in the beautiful village of Fodele, just a few miles away from the town of Heraklion. Theotokoloulos was born during the Venetian slavery in Crete in 1541. Here he became a painter of Saints of the Cretan School. He was then educated in Italy and he ended up in Toledo of Spain where he died in 1614. He disobeyed the rules and the artistic mainstream and he developed a new style of his own. The museum was founded in 1988, after the renovation of the house that according to history- Theotokopoulos was born. There are many damages in the building but it was renovated fully according to the patterns of the initial design. The visitor can see an exhibition with copies of the painter’s works through slides, but also they can learn about information of his predecessors. Fodele 71500 Tel: +30 2810521500 | Email: Schedule Daily visit at the museum, from 9 pm until 7 am

Library of University of Crete The library of university of Crete was founded in 1977. It supports the educational and researching work with two departments in the Campus of Rethymno and Heraklion. Every department works as a whole organization trying to serve every educational subject of the University. The department of Rethymno serves human and social education and the department of Heraklion serves Scientific and technological Sciences as well as Medicine too. The library is one of the most innovative academic libraries of Greece based on contemporary librarian standards. It also has a rich variety of scientific books and magazines. The new building of the central library of Rethymno is a very modern and imposing building of 5.500 meters, designed to satisfy all the demands of its users needs with pleasant and quiet places to study while having a splendid view of the town of Rethymno and the sea. The visitors that do not belong to the corpus of students can use the services of the library and have access to the main collections of it after they enroll in the visitors’ book in the entrance. It is to be mentioned that there is a special room that offers access to disabled people. Rethymno Campus of Gallos, 74 100 Rethmno, Crete Tel 28310 77800, fax: 28310 77850 e-mail: Schedule Monday- Friday: 09:00- 20:00 Saturday: 09:00-15:00 Heraklion: Campus, Heraklion Voutes, 70013 Heraklion, Crete Tel: +302810 393256, | e-mail: Schedule: Monday- Friday: 08:00-20:00 Saturday: 09:00-15:00

Knossos - Archeological museum of Heraklion Just a small distance away from the town of Heraklion (5 kilometers south- east of the town) you will find the archeological place of Knossos. The palace of Knossos according to the myth was the base of the mythological king Minos, and it is the most significant spot that reminds of the great civilization that blossomed in Crete during the bronze period between 3000 BC – 1100 BC. The area was excavated initially by Minos Kalokairinos in 1878 who found the first ruins. Later, the English Arthur Evans started systematic excavations that lasted from 1900 until 1931 bringing to light the huge group of buildings of the palace. It is a very imposing building that it is expanded around a central yard and the area is around 22.000 cm. It is the administrative, religious and financial centre of the Minoan buildings of Knossos and it is one of the biggest and impressive of the three palaces found in Crete (The rest are of Festos and Malia). If you want to have a more complete opinion about the Minoan civilization ( and also see some important findings from pre-historic periods until Roman years), you can also visit the Archeological museum of Heraklion- one of the biggest museums in Greece- you will see very special and impressive exhibits just like the original wall- paintings of the Palace of Knossos or the well -known disk of Festos. Knossos Tel: +30 2810 231940, Email: Schedule | Winter: Daily 08.00-15.00 | Summer Daily: 08.00-20.00 Archeological Museum of Crete Xanthoudidou 2, Τ.Κ. 71202, Heraklion (district of Heraklion) Tel: +302810 279000 Email: Schedule | Winter: From November 1st 2015 until March 31st 2016 Monday: 11:00- 17:00 Tuesday- Sunday- public holidays: 08:00-15:00 The collection of Historical times will be closed for the public. Summer: From April 1st 2016 until October 31st 2016: Monday 8:00 - 20:00 Tuesday- Sunday- public holidays 8:00 - 20:00

Venetian walls of Heraklion Whoever visits Heraklion they will see in different spots of the town parts of old Venetian Walls which are the best preserved fortified works in the Mediterranean. The walls started being built in 1462 and were done just a few years before the fall of Heraklion by the Turkish in 1669, so the Venetian period in Crete was over. These walls are a sample of the most developed fortified buildings of that period with an innovating system of bastion and anti- bastion (there were 7 bastions on the whole) parts of which were standing out of the main building. An example of the effective function of that system is the fact that it made it repel the Turkish for 21 years in a row until the fall of Handakas (the old name of Heraklion) It is to be mentioned that the visitor can follow the route of the wall in order to watch the great view up from the bastion of Martinego (where you can see the grave of Nikos Kazantzakis with the well known proverb “I hope nothing, I am scared of nothing, I am free”) but also walk inside the tomb gates of the fortress. Some of them have already been renovated and are used as places of cultural events and exhibitions, like the Makasi loggia that is a museum of memory of the second World War (during which it was like a jail) and the Gate of Jesus, where the exhibition of N. Kazantzakis “Odyssey” is hosted.

Having completed our third year in business, we would like to welcome you to our “home” with enthusiasm, passion and expertise! Crop for us, as used in our “moto” - Crafting Our Passion expresses the passion and the total devotion to what we love, coffee!

Selection takes place after cupping raw specialty coffee new crops. We finely roast them in our own roasting profile and by following strictly our preparation process we are trying to imprint the uniqueness of each chosen single origin in every cup. We focus on knowledge as well as sharing it along with the training of both our employees and anyone who might be interested, as we are also Authorized Scae Trainers. The fresh and tasty beers of the Greek micro breweries, the local and Greek wines, the traditional and special products that make up our main menu have come to add up to the taste of the puzzle called Crop.

We start this “ journey” in taste at 8:00 am with breakfast, soups, pancake towers, eggs Benedict as well as salads, pasta, barbequed meat to accompany beer and wine along with vegetarian dish and appetizers that are served with our special cocktail recipes. Aretousas 4 Str, 71202 - Heraklion Crete - +30 281 022 1058 / FB: Crop.Roastery.Brewery - #crop_roastery_brewery

Emmanouil K o s m i m a

While wandering in the narrow streets of the town you will find the shop- workshop of gold of Manolis and Katerina. Let your imagination free and ask for any kind of cross, just like you want it. When it comes to wedding rings there is a variety of collections to see but also you have the chance to order the kind of ring you want or like to Manolis, and your wish will come true. Tailor made jewelry and handmade creations with love. STORE Thiseos Str. No. 13, P.O.BOX 71201 - Heraklion PHONE: +30 2810331054 - mob: +30 6945853730 Fb: εμμανουηλ κοσμημα | instagram: emmanouil kosmima |

Stellina’s care

beauty center is a beautifully decorated place that offers services for your face. Our basic principle is our passion for healthy beauty and care with absolute safety. Our services (eye-brows shape, professional make-up and apply of our products) are totally affordable. 20 Smirnis str, Heraklion Tel: .+6983369183

Marin Dream Hotel In a very small distance from the Heraklion town centre, constitutes an ideal choice so much for the professionals as well as for the travellers who are visiting Heraklion for recreation. Providing the exotic view of the harbour with the famous fortress of KOULE standing beneath the Hotel visitors will escape from the everyday routine. The relaxing environment and the friendly atmosphere that prevails in combination with the accessible prices at all the duration of year render MARIN DREAM HOTEL a really‌ must be and dreaming choice ! Epimenidou 46, Heraklion Crete 712 02 Tel.: +30 2810 300019 Fax: +30 2810 300319 email:

Ekfrasi Logou

“Ekfrasi Logou” is a contemporary centre of speech therapy for children and adults. Aggeliki Roumelioti is a speech therapist and she is the director of the centre. She graduated from the department of speech therapy of Ioannina, Greece. Her education and qualification is constant due to her presence in various educational seminars and conferences. Meticulous research, diagnosis, and dealing with speech disorders are the basic goals of the centre. Our interference has to do with difficulties in speech for children as well as adults. In particular: Minor, medium or serious learning difficulties, speaking delay, special speaking disorders, phonologic disorders, listening disorders, stammer, expanded developmental disorders (Autism, difficulties in social interactions), ADHD (Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder) , Dyslexia, phonic disorder. For adults with speaking- communication problems: Cerebrovascular accident, (aphasia), dementia, vocal problems ( dysphonia, nodules in vocal cords) polypus, inarticulacy Our therapeutic programs are personalized and our sessions are individual. We regularly inform parents about their children and there is also a close cooperation with doctors and other teachers. We have a free program for prevention and diagnostic assess in our place. The sessions are fully covered by insurance funds. Prevention, diagnosis & therapy of speech disorders for children and adults. “Ekfrasi logou” Speech therapy centre, Aggeliki Roumelioti Liakouri, Speech therapist Mpetinaki 7, Mastampas Heraklion, Crete Tel: 2810 235335 - Mobile: 6973043065 - Email:

Hand-made candles from bees-wax

First of all you will try to touch it, smell it, and then you will end up watching it with amazement. This is how it has always been and will be. The feeling of all-time purity, beauty and softness… Its history goes back to the centuries, specifically 1600-2000 ago, in the Egyptian civilization. This product has always been associated with everyday life and needs besides other bee products. Through special procedures, the honeycomb is given to people that work with love on bees-wax and produce whatever they can imagine. Like these candles! There are many patterns and shapes to choose from. The colour that best expresses that kind of candle is a combination of “honey-gold”. It is one of a kind decorative product that can express the Cretan and not only- traditional feeling of home. By: Xromata & Aromata, Rethymno | Fresh flowers, candles, Wedding and baptism arrangements Kastrinaki 1b, Rethymno | Tel: +3028310-23640 | Facebook page: Χρώματα και Αρώματα


The house which is the base of YogaOnCrete came into our family’s hands in the late 80s, was renovated by its interior designer owners, and has thereafter frequently hosted family and friends for holidays. In 2006, the owners’ daughter, Eugenia, decided to give this place a new spirit, and use it to host the first yoga course. Along with the yoga courses, she was hosting people who were to become friends, as well as her love for yoga and a life inspired by the principles of yoga. Over the years, the YogaOnCrete team has grown. It is this team that gives life to the - physical and metaphorical – space, which supports the practice of techniques that encourage the emergence of one’s authentic self and the joy that stems from the connection with our true essence. Each member of the YogaOnCrete team has made their own personal journey and search, along with academic graduate and post-graduate studies in different subjects (sport psychology, clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, finance, journalism, dance, fine arts). Combined, these journeys make up a colourful art-work of experience and knowledge. The yoga, dance and capoeira teachers, the massage therapist, the hiking guide, the chef, and the helping staff, are all professional at what we do. We share a deep desire to serve and love for our respective subjects, which are for most of us practices that have proven invaluable in our own experience and have helped us immensely in our own self-growth, which is why we are passionate about sharing them. While we respect the value of the service we offer and take it very seriously, we recognize that, especially nowadays, people have a deep need for simple, true connection and communication, in which laughter and a lightness of spirit can work wonders. Many say, that being on a holiday here feels more as if we have invited friends round for a holiday. And this is the one characteristic of YogaOnCrete that we value most and want to keep intact: the feeling that you are welcome, as part of a group of people of varied backgrounds but essentially very similar to you, and that we will do our best to make your experience the most precious souvenir you could ever take back home! During the summer season (June to October) we hold various courses of yoga and other holistic practices that usually last a week. Individual travellers can join and either stay in a shared or single room. Additionally, we offer B&B outside pre-scheduled course dates, and are also open to drop-ins during the courses, subject to availability. The house, outdoor yoga platform and studio at YogaOnCrete can also be rented for a private group, or by a teacher to host a yoga or other holistic practice retreat or holiday, and practice, learn and grow in a stunning location, with the care of our on site staff. Information: Chora Sfakion | Sfakia, Crete 73011 Tel: +30 28250 91109 +30 6937363890 |

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