Just to show how you could enjoy the surroundings, imagine you packed a picnics and set off for Kissamos. 

Picnics in Crete often on the beach in the shade of a tamarisk tree
In the shade of a tamarisk tree…

Driving the Paleo Ethniki – the old road from Chania west to Kissamos which avoids all the usual traffic. 

Views towards Kissamos from the old road
View from the old road to Kissamos

A lovely leisurely drive thru sleepy villages, stopping to admire the stunning views of jagged mountains and precipitous gorges.   


If it was  Spring there would be the riot of colour from the flowers! Fragile red poppies dancing in the breeze, extravagant blue anenomes, and yellow Oxalis daisies carpeting the olive groves.  

Blue anenomes facing the sun

Explore the empty harbour outside the town. Walk on the deserted beach. 

Fishing boat at Kissamos Harbour

Set up picnic in the shade of tamarisks at the foot of the Rodopou pensinsula.  You will be  in a little slice of heaven.  And you can have  Lyra beer, brewed in Kissamos too!

Lyra beer, great for picnics in Crete
Lyra beer, brewed in Kissamos (Pellegrino for the ladies!)

Eating Outside

There is nothing quite like eating outside.  Al fresco eating is so convenient in a number of locations in the Mediterranean gardens.  Surrounded by those magnificent views over the Apokoronas and the White Mountains. 

Dining at the villa with the rising moon

But to have good food out in the midst of nature, really away from it all, is kinda special. Food always seems to taste better in these situations.

Showing the serious business of raki tasting during picnics in Crete
Serious business, sampling the raki!

Breakfast Picnics in Crete?

You don’t have to go far from the villa to set up in an olive grove and enjoy the views and the clean fresh air.  In the summertime it can  be just nicely warm at this time of day – so its ideal for a picnic.

View from the olive grove

High in the hills, in an olive grove which overlooks our hill, have your own picnic breakfast. 

Find our more about living in Crete

There is much more in our blogs. These show things to do in Crete, whether it be walking a gorge, hiking in the foothills of the White Mountains, or taking a drive to see the sites.  Chania is a great town to visit, particularly to go to the street markets, and of course you’ll want to get the benefits of the Cretan diet – be it the yoghurt and cheese, or the olive oil.

This Dream Villa

Villa backed by White Mountains

And if you would like to live in a place where you can see these, here is just the place. This is a dream villa which we designed and built 10 years ago and now reluctantly are ready to sell and move on. Its in the Apokoronas, in the west of the island, 35min drive from Chania, 55min from the international airport