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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.
Social distancing and self-isolation have been the operative words throughout 2020. Υet all this stress that we are currently experiencing has taken its toll. We are all in need of some sort of a break. After all, staying healthy presupposes staying sane too; and for this to happen, just getting away from it all, is nothing short of imperative! The trick then is to embark on a (much needed) holiday but still keep away from the maddening crowds. So how does one go about it? Crete is a hospitable paradise with more than 300 days of sunshine in a year. And though (no wonder) it is one of the most touristic destinations in the world, its sheer size and uniquely diversified morphology afford ample opportunities for privacy and seclusion. Take the glorious Cretan beaches for example: From cosmopolitan stretches of sand or world-famous, exotic lagoons to deserted bays and secluded coves, there is something for every taste and disposition. Even in these difficult COVID- 19 times. Here we’ll be taking a look into the best secluded Cretan beaches: Unbeknown to most, little slices of heaven on earth with crystalline waters in technicolour blue; with no organised facilities or a selfie stick in sight; just perfect for keeping your social distances safely in the company of your -handpicked- nearest and dearest.
World-famous olive oil, world-class cheeses, a large variety of greens and herbs, hormone-free fruit and vegetables, fiery spirits…With more than 300 days of sunshine in a year, Crete produces a surplus of edible goods that stand out for their health benefits, quality and taste. Drawing on one of the planet’s most long-standing and renowned gastronomic traditions, these raw materials -packed with goodness- are combined in straightforward, unpretentious ways, designed to bring out the unique aromas and flavours of each and every one of them. The Cretan cuisine is one of foundation; not of complicated sauces. So the strength of Cretan food lies not in elaborate technique, but in the variety, and purity, of the local produce. It’s healthy, it’s super- fresh, simple, yet extremely palatable and downright delicious. That’s why Cretan food ranks very high among the delights of holidaying on this sun-kissed island. In fact, Cretan food might as well be a good enough reason to visit Crete on its own. To whet your appetite a little further here’s what you’d be savouring every day in Crete:
Fun looks a lot like a family holiday in Chania, especially if you’re residing at the Adeste Luxury Villas. Alas in view of the current global circumstances, for now, recreating vacation moments with the gang, while staying safe inside, will just have to do. Read on for some inspiration and tips on how to get through this rough patch before it is time again to start planning your next family escapade.
The sun-kissed Cretan terrain has been producing delectable taste bombs like the extra virgin olive oil since Neolithic times. Discover our island’s culinary legacy and its basis -the wondrous Cretan liquid gold- with an olive oil tasting in Chania.
There are many good -actually great- reasons for which to have your next family holiday in Crete, no matter the season. Here’s a few: Fantastic weather with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. A remarkably beautiful as much as varied scenery, ranging from paradisiacal beaches to awe-inspiring mountains, gorges, and ravines. A delectable cuisine based on the wealth and goodness of the local produce, exemplifying the world-famous Mediterranean diet. Some of the world’s most important heritage monuments and sites, let’s not forget that Europe’s first advanced civilization, the Minoan, was born on Cretan soil. But also impeccable services, up to date infrastructures and that’s not to mention warm, friendly locals, who, like all Greeks, adore kids.
With a history that spans over 5.000 years, winemaking in Crete is one of the oldest surviving traditions on the island. Omnipresent in the everyday table and special occasions alike, wine is embedded in Cretans’ lives: As an accompaniment to meals, as a welcome to friends and strangers, as a mirth inducing toast at weddings and christenings, but also as a natural medicine for the ailments of body, heart and spirit.
A stunning backdrop composed of steep cliffs, rocks and verdant patches. Crystal clear waters sparkling against cerulean skies. Dolphins playing along the way. Secluded shores, deserted caves and exotic beaches. Bay hopping – or island hopping. Sailing into the wind, having fun on the waterside; sunbathing or lounging on board in style. Enjoying cocktails against a tangerine-purple sunset or candlelit dinners under the stars. In other words spending immersive, unforgettable moments, in the company of family and friends – old and new alike. This is the gist of “holidays”. And what sail trips in Chania, Crete look and feel like.