What’s it like to live in Crete? Here you will find about about things to do and see; breathtaking walks, fascinating drives, gorges to hike through. There is history, nature, interesting architecture – lots to explore. And the Cretan Diet – the olives, the yoghurt, cheese and super fresh local produce.
An eclectic collection of pictures we love of Crete to tempt you to come here to live and work!
The joys of picnics – eating outside in the midst of nature in the heartlands of Crete. We take you to some of our favorite locations, introduce you to the breakfast picnic concept!
Spectacular views of Cretan landscapes from this villa in the foothills of the White Mountains – as painted by Urban Larsen! The Apokoronas, the Mediterranean sea, the tiny village of Chiliomoudou
Carnivals in Crete. We take you to those at Rethymno and Kalyves. See the creativity, the excitement and the joire de vivre
All about the Cretan Wine Fair, held annually in Chania, where you can choose wines from the 33 wineries on the island
Walk thru the green and verdant Mili Gorge south of Rethymnon, with ruined water mills and many bridges over the stream, and see what the forces of nature can do!
Chania Santa Run for charity takes place each year on 26 December. We get caught up in all the fun and excitement!
Christmas in Crete: some of the nativity scenes in local villages near to the villa, and the fantastic illuminations in Chania!
All about beers in Crete – beyond Mythos, Amstel, Heineken to the micro breweries – Lyra, Lafkas, Septem
The history of Aradhena village – why it was abandoned, who built the girder bridge across the Aradhena gorge, all in a day out to the Anopolis plain from the villa
How to climb Pachnes, the highest mountain in the White Mountain range and see the unique landscape of the Madares, the high desert. A not to be missed experience – how to do it: where to start, what you will see, what its like
Top tips about driving in Crete – Cretan driving, speed cameras, finding your way around, and off road thrills! And things to watch for when hiring a car when you first come to visit
Making prickly pear jam from the fruit growing in the gardens of the villa – how to pick the fruit, prepare the jam and not get pricked!
Stylos – discover a Cretan village in the Apokoronas, about 10min from the villa. It has fountains, tavernas shaded by plane trees, a Byzantine church, Minoan tomb, and a Pleistocene fossil!
A varied day out featuring a lush valley walk, an iconic beach, a monastery with a special feel and spectacular views, and a bold commemoration of World War 2
Comments about the villa from guests who have stayed here over the last 8 years.
So much to do and see in the old Venetian harbour of Chania. Where to eat? Where to drink? What to see? Here are some of our favourites.
We describe walks you can see from the villa terraces, looking over at the White Mountains all within a few range.
Walking a Cretan gorge is a not to be missed experience. To stand in the base of a gorge, looking up over 100m of vertical cliff, sometimes only a couple of metres apart, is an awesome experience. But which one to choose?
When you are living in a place its important not to lose that holiday energy and inquisitiveness. So here’s a few ideas to whet your appetite and get you out there exploring what Crete has to offer.