It is the inland villages of Crete, untouched by mass tourism, that are the essence of Crete. Travellers and visitors are always welcome. Hospitality is ingrained in the Cretan way of life, it is respected and understood.
See the villages marked on the map below...
Margarites village in the centre of the island, 30 km south-east of Rethymnon Town, is a beautiful village offering pottery and plenty more.
Matala is an interesting beach village on the south coast of the island with a colourful history and unusual rock formations.
Kamilari is a small village sitting on a cluster of hills in southern Heraklion.
Zaros is a mountain village in Iraklion nomos, close to Lake Votomos and Rouvas Gorge.
Fodele the birthplace of El Greco, is in a lush valley full of mandarins and oranges. The village huddles over the rushing stream amongst shady trees.
Kerasia is a small modern village set in the rolling foothills of Psiloritis in Heraklion region, surrounded by grapevines, olive trees and perivólia.
Dafnes is 18 km south of Iraklion town and home to a vibrant wine industry.
in the central north of the island, is 14 km from Heraklion town and
only 7 km from the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos. A beautiful
village with many beautifully restored buildings, it sits amongst wine country.
Tzermiado is a small village on the beautiful Lasithi Plateau, surrounded by fertile gardens and ringed by the Dikti Mountains.
Kritsa is 10 km from Agios Nikolaos in the foothills of the Dikti Mountains. A proud Cretan village of Lasithi prefecture, in the east of the island. This village is so pretty it has been chosen as a movie set, and its steep streets are full of atmosphere. An ancient site sits atop the nearby hillside, Lato was a city in Dorian times, during the fifth and fourth centuries BC.
Elounda sitting on a bay 11 km from Agios Nikolaos in Lasithi, is one of the most luxurious villages in Crete.
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