Ancient Eleftherna is a wonderful historic and charming village, situated at the north western foothills of Mount Idi, and well known for the archaeological site. Here in this quaint and quiet village you will find a traditional taverna, some traditional greek cafes and a basic mini market. This great location is perfect for exploring Rethymno, Panarmo and the surrounding smaller villages, such as Agia Triada, Pigi and Loutra, which are all in easy reach via car, with Rethymno being found within a 25 minute drive away.
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Crete boasts a number of fantastic local cuisines including dakos, kaltsounia, sarikopitakia, dolmades and traditional Greek salad to name a few.
A local and typical taverna.
Most of the nightlife is found in the heart of Rethymno old town and sea front. Relax with a drink by the water’s edge in the old fishing harbour or soak up the atmosphere in the heart of the old town with its traditional charm and beautiful architecture. Rethymnon has a wide choice of cocktail bars where you can relax or dance the night away and a selection of local nightclubs which continue into the early hours. You can find nightlife in the popular resorts of Adelianos Kampos and Platanias, including a variety of café’s, cocktail bars, a music bar (small nightclub) & live Greek dancing .
A small and local mini-market offering basic essentials.
Battle of Crete A...local event
The commemoration of the Battle of Crete during WWII is one of the greatest events in Chania calendar and features a series of ceremonies, parades, athletic competitions, traditional folk dancing and music. This festival takes place in May at Maleme where the original battle was fought in 1941, just outside Chania main town.
Chania Rock Festi...local event
Attracting rock music lovers from around Greece, this festival features both Greek and foreign performers and takes place in the old city of Chania.
Lato Festivallocal event
The Lato Cultural Festival is celebrated in July and August in the city of Agios Nikolaos. It is a great fair featuring a number of local concerts, international musicians, folklore contests, folk dancing, art exhibitions and theatre plays.
The Cretan Diet F...local event
The Cretan Diet festival is celebrated in the city of Rethymno in the first week of July and promotes all locally produced products while celebrating Cretan food and the legendary Mediterranean diet.
The Hyakintheialocal event
Taking place in the village of Anogeia on the slopes of Psiloritis, this established event is celebrated for three days in July. The event honours the Saint of Love or 'Aghios Hyakinthos' with feasts and parties with a different theme each year, traditional to Cretan culture, music and heritage.
The Renaissance F...local event
The Renaissance Festival of Rethymno is celebrated for two weeks in July with theatre and dance performances, music concerts, art exhibitions and other visual arts featured in the Erofili Theatre, located in the Fortress as well as the Neratzes Mosque.
The Houdetsi Fest...local event
The Houdetsi Festival takes place every year for 4 days in August in the village of Houdetsi situated approximately 23km from Heraklion. It is a unique festival blending all kinds of music from around the world with the traditional Cretan music and culture.
Dormination of Vi...local event
The month of August is considered to be the month of festivals and visitors will find that there are celebrations happening every day in several areas of Crete. The most important day of the month is the 15th August dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. The city of Chania is filled with festivities especially in the main monasteries of the area where guests can enjoy feasts, drinks, folk music and local dances.
Assumption of the...national event
On the 15th August every year, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Villages are decorated, festivals are held, traditional dances are staged and there is a generally a great festive atmosphere.
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