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Is Crete the next big thing in the international wine scene? Decide for yourselves with a visit to the superb wineries of Chania.
Smack in the heart of local life and myth – whether as a food staple, a mirth-inducing toast to friends and strangers, a powerful natural remedy or a valuable trade commodity – wine is omnipresent in Crete. And it has been so since time immemorial: viticulture in Greece’s largest island dates back to Minoan times, with the oldest wine press (some 3500 years old) found in the region of Vathipetro.
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Day trips around Chania
From stunning countryside and time-honoured traditions to epic food and charming village life, Chania captures the very soul of Crete. Whether you’re looking to get active in the great outdoors, explore some of the world’s most wondrous monuments or get immersed in the vibrant local culture, this sun-kissed region is crammed with must-see places to visit and things to do. Using the Adeste Chania Luxury Villas in Apokoronas as your base, get ready to be wowed and make memories that linger long in the memory. Following last month’s post, here are more handpicked suggestions for the best day trips around Chania, to experience your Cretan sojourn to the fullest.
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Heavenly beaches, breathtaking gorges, lovely hamlets, high mountains… you name it!
Chania, on the western side of Crete, is a spectacular region with some of the most stunning landscapes you will find in Europe – if not the world. It’s also close to some of the big-ticket must-see Crete attractions – and therefore one of the best bases for exploring the island on day trips. Whether accessed by a private car, public transport or with an organised tour, these places near Chania will blow your mind and transform your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
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Here’s what to do, eat and order to make the most out of your visit to Crete
A mythical land teeming with natural beauties, legendary characters and an age-old history that has inspired sagas, Crete is like a mini-universe of its own. Perhaps that’s why its fierce and proud inhabitants also have their own, distinctive way of doing things – watch them, for example, getting ecstatic with the primordial sounds of the lyra and the violin at a local panigiri. Or start exchanging witty, verse-like banter, at the kafenion – this is the famous mantinades and their roots are traced back to the Renaissance era.
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Crete is a magical tapestry of splendid scenery, ancient treasures, wonderful cuisine and enduring culture – and that’s a reason in itself to visit. Spirited, passionate and proud, the locals have always championed their unique customs, and their time-honoured traditions remain a dynamic part of the island’s soul. Cretan feasts & festivals (panigiria) are at the epicentre of these ancient folkways – and probably the best way to experience fun, the true Cretan way.
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Good-looking Chania attracts a swarm of happy visitors every year with good reason: Between admiring the city’s 14th-century Venetian architecture, getting lost in quaint alleyways strewn with Jewish and Ottoman landmarks, exploring top-tier museums or tasting excellent food in postcard-pretty restaurants, you’ll not have even a minutes boredom on Crete’s arguably most picturesque city. If you’re looking to make the most of your time here, read on for more ideas on how to spend a whole day in the old town of Chania.
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Blending man-made and natural wonders, Chania is a veritable traveller’s paradise. Here’s how to spend a whole day in the old town of Chania, to savour every moment of your trip.
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The new Archaeological Museum of Chania is the latest gem that piques the curious travellers’ minds, consolidating the city’s position among the world’s top cultural destinations
There are many great reasons to visit Chania: A heady cocktail of past and present, Crete’s former capital, has a long, turbulent and deeply captivating history packed with mysteries and drama. This is reflected in the city’s one-of-a-kind architectural legacy which fuses Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and Jewish influences, into a mix that’s jaw-dropping. Indeed, Chania boasts some of the Meditteranean’s most instagrammable nooks and crannies – picture evocative monuments and bougainvillaea-clad, 17th-century mansions amid cobblestone alleys. But that’s not all. Postcard pretty nostalgia aside, having proven its resiliency time and again, this city resolutely lives for the here and now. Sporting a thriving foodie scene, vibrant nightlife, and great shopping – from folk creations to stylish pret-a-porter and from Haute jewellery to fine leather, Chania is a modern traveller’s dream.
“Crete,’ I murmured. ‘Crete…’, And my heart beat fast.” – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek.
The great writer’s words echo popular sentiment – at least for all those who have been to Greece’s largest island. And though it could not be more Greek, Crete is really a country on its own, with its unique history, folklore, and traditions. If you are planning an escapade to one of its most popular destinations, Chania, then you should carefully consider where to stay, to get the most out of your visit.
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When in Rome do as the Romans – meaning that when you are visiting another place, you should follow the customs of the people in that place. If you are planning a holiday at the Adeste Luxury Villas, here’s what to eat in Chania to get immersed in the local rhythms, culture and cadences
“The people of Crete, unfortunately, make more history than they can consume locally”, British writer Hector Hugh Munro (aka Saki) once wrote. Cretans also – this time, fortunately – produce a surplus of edible goods of the highest order, thanks to their island’s blessed weather conditions and terrain.