Folklore

Cretan folklore dances

Folklore, traditional dances, festivals and celebrations in Crete. This great island of Crete, whose population could never be finally subjected by any conqueror, has always been sung, revered, and soaked with blood. Crete has a rich landscape with a great aura and its inhabitants have an extended, proud and masculine character and, in certain areas, the heart of small children who welcome all foreigners with love and kindness. But this extended character trait, with its great wealth of folklore, shows its original form only outside the big cities of the island and should not be expected in the centers of… learn more

Products from Greece

The most popular and best products from Crete and Greece ! See larger image Additional Images: Elea Creta Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil 3lt Tin can Features: Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the island of Crete. New harvest !!!, Great Taste Gold Award 2012. Elea Creta products are ISO 22000, IFS and HACCP certified, Traditional Greek flavor. Deep, bright green colour and a fruity, bittersweet taste hints, Very low acidity (0,5) , rich content of polyphenoles, high nutritional value, Greek natural product, Mediterranean Diet. Suitable for Vegetarians. Elea Creta, Extra Virgin Greek Olive Oil, 3lt, Tin can: Coming from… learn more

Bus Timetable

bus station of Aghios Nikolaos

Bus Timetable Summer Season 2017. The bus timetable for the summer season 2017 (valid from 4 April to October) for East Crete. All links between Heraklion, Malia, Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, Elounda and the surrounding area. The departure times refer mostly to the local bus station. In the case of intervening bus stops, it is always possible to expect traffic-related, normal deviations from the arrival of the buses. Alternatively, you can also use a taxi or get a rental car. learn more

Car Hire

Suzuki Jimny Cabriolet SUV

Tips and Hints for Car Hire on Crete. Getting a rental car in Crete is pretty easy. This can be done online or by telephone without any problems. It is even possible to visit one of the many car rentals on Crete in person and have a rental car after a short time. Even if the reservation is only made at the last moment, you can be quite sure to get a car – though perhaps not at the best possible price or a specific vehicle model. As Crete is the largest island of Greece with more than 3,000 sq… learn more

Beach holiday and climates

Swimming on the south coast at Ierapetra

Water temperatures, climatic data and information about beach holiday in Crete. For a beach holiday in Crete it is best to go from June to September. At this time, the sea has a really pleasant bathing temperature of 72 to 75 °F (22°-24 °C), while the temperature of the air is usually between 75 and 86 °F (24-30 °C). Inland, it is very hot during this time, but on the coast there is often a refreshing breeze from the north-west, which makes it difficult for swimming on many days at wind speeds over 9 mph (15 km/h) due to the… learn more

Greek Orthodox Easter Celebrations

Midnight Mass

Easter in Crete. Easter is the most significant festival in Greece and has the importance of Christmas in Western Europe. Every Greek is trying to be at the celebrations in his hometown and also many Greeks from abroad are travelling to Crete or other locations in Greece. There are also many tourists who want to have an experience about the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on Crete, from where are the pictures further down are coming. Although the date of Easter of the Orthodox Church is also defined as in Western Christendom (first Sunday after the full moon spring), the dates… learn more

Snow on Crete 2017

Snow on Crete

Snow on Crete in 2017. The winter 2016-2017 is a particularly hard one on Crete. So there was already ‘white Christmas’, ‘New Year’ and today – on January 8, 2017 – it was so long and strong that the two Rescue puppies Simba and Ali had their first ‘snow baptism’ in the mountains. learn more

Mosquitoes on Crete

Mosquito

Mosquitoes on Crete, prevention and defenses. Mosquitoes are found all over Crete, especially during the period from April to October – the main tourist season. This time is the ‘Kounoupi’ sky for mosquitoes. Especially in wind still, after a spring with lots of rain and mild winters, there are many mosquitoes. Although there are no known cases of transmission of a disease, they are still humming in the night and they leave itching stitches. The mosquitoes in Crete are of different genera than in Central Europe and the first stitch usually causes a violent itching with severe redness. Only after… learn more

Fires on Crete

Firefighting helicopters for firefighting in Crete.

Fires on the island of Crete. Every summer there are serious fires on the island of Crete and throughout Greece. In part, they are causes of natural kind, but usually carelessness by open fire or even discarded cigarette. Unfortunately, however, it is also often the arson case, partly to make space for buildings available. Therefore, in the summer increased attention in dealing with open fires is necessary and signs of an emerging fire should be as soon as possible be reported to the authorities. The following photos are from fires and extinguishing work near Elounda in recent years. learn more

Taxi Fares

Buses and taxis

Taxi fares starting from the airport Heraklion for the summer season 2016. Directly when you leave the airport building of Heraklion after arrival, you stand in front of the taxi stand. The taxi drivers are willing to bring guests to every imaginable destination in Crete. Especially with 3 or – with children 4 – people this can be faster, cheaper and above all more comfortable than by bus. Of course, it may be easier and cheaper for longer distances and shorter stays of about 7 days, to rent a car direct at the airport from one of the various car… learn more