Insider Tips - Crete

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Our top insider tips for Crete:

 

Traditional summer festival

Among the many summer culture festivals on the island, the Réthimno Renaissance Festival is the most ambitious. Within the impressive walls of the Venetian fortress the Renaissance Serenissima era comes alive with a varied programme of concerts, music and theatre pieces. The amphitheatre is one of the most popular places to go during the festival. The festival runs from July - mid September.

 

Hike through a gorge

The Iríni Gorge is equally as impressive as the Samariá Gorge but is not as well known. The rock faces soar hundreds of metres high and many parts of the gorge are covered in forest. The hike starts at the southern edge of the village of Agía Iríni on the road from Chaniá to Soúgia. The gorge ends after 7km (4 miles) at the Oásis tavern, which serves delicious and authentic food. When you reach the end of the walk you can take a public bus or taxi back to the starting point.

 

Bungee Jumping

In Arádena, on the south coast of Crete, you can do a 138m (454ft) bungee jump from the bridge into the Arádena gorge. Liquidbungy | Open June – August, Fri – Sun from noon | 100 euros | Arádena | Tel. 69 37 61 51 91

At the Star Beach resort you can do a 50m (160ft) bungee jump from a crane. Star Beach Bungee | Daily from 10am | approx. 50 euros | Chersónisos

 

A real farmer’s market

Every Saturday afternoon the little village of Míres showcases one of Crete's largest weekly markets. There are fruit and vegetables on sale, as well as textiles, tools and household products.

 

Freshwater alternative

The freshest salmon and rainbow trout are served at the Zarós trout farm on Mount Psilorítis. The moderately-priced tavern is situated on the road to the little mountain lake of Záros.

 

Argyroupoli mountain village

A beautiful mosaic from Roman times has survived in the old part of this mountain village. Visitors can obtain free village maps from a little shop that is situated at the village gate by the main church. The shop sells cosmetics and coffee that are made from Cretan avocados cultivated in the area. It also sells a range of natural products made from carob.

 

Homely guest house 

The Cretan Villa is a two-storey guest house with a tiny inner courtyard. It was built during the 19th century and was once the town’s first hospital. Its proprietor, a true local patriot, has decorated it in Cretan style and takes good care of his guests. 9 rooms | Odós Oplárchu Lakérda 16A | Tel. 28 42 02 85 22 | Moderate

 

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