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Escape from the crowds and experience paradise in southern Crete. Separated from the north by a beautiful stretch of mountains, this area is full of hidden beaches, incredible hikes and, of course, a warm Mediterranean hospitality. The wonderful scenic landscapes are heaven on earth for hikers, with striking contrasts throughout. The towering cliffs and beautiful beaches make for stunning views, whether taken in from land or water. Welcoming locals add even more charm to the already characteristic fishing villages, where restaurants, live traditional music and great atmosphere create an idyllic environment.


Luxury Villas in Matala

Escape from the crowds and experience paradise in southern Crete. Separated from the north by a beautiful stretch of mountains, this area is full of hidden beaches, incredible hikes and, of course, a warm Mediterranean hospitality. The wonderful scenic landscapes are heaven on earth for hikers, with striking contrasts throughout. The towering cliffs and beautiful beaches make for stunning views, whether taken in from land or water. Welcoming locals add even more charm to the already characteristic fishing villages, where restaurants, live traditional music and great atmosphere create an idyllic environment.

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January
  • Inokritika - an exhibition of Cretan wines made by local producers.
March
  • Memorial Parade, held in Heraklion to celebrate the uprising of Greeks against Ottoman Turks in 1821.
April
  • Burning of Judas celebrations. Easter is the main public holiday in Greece and in Ayios Nikolaos, it is celebrated with the burning of an effigy of Judas on Lake Voulismeni accompanied by the sound of firecrackers.
July
  • Heraklion Summer Festival. This arts festival runs until September and has welcomed arts groups such as the Kirov Opera, Bolshoi Ballet and the Vienna Opera.
August

  • Houdetsi Festival, Heraklion - a four day celebration full of music, art and food.
November

  • St Minas Parade, held in Heraklion by the townspeople to commemorate their patron saint, who rescued Christians from slaughter by Turks in the 19th century.
Suggested general activities:
  • Iráklio (Heraklion) Archaeological Museum
  • Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre
  • Grotina - Greco-Roman city ruins
  • Archaeological and Folk Museums, Sitia
  • Panagia Kera - Crete's most famous Byzantine church
Suggested sporting activities:
  • Hike the Crete gorges
  • Snorkelling
  • Fishing
 

TIME ZONE Greece operates on GMT + 2 hours.

LANGUAGE Modern Greek (as opposed to Ancient) is the national language of Greece. Vernacular speech contains many borrowings from foreign languages, including Italian, French, Turkish and English, so you may hear some familiar words in everyday speech. "Tourist Police" whose lapel badges picture a Union Jack or American flag speak English. In Greece, people whose work brings them into contact with visitors from overseas are generally excellent English speakers.

CURRENCY The Euro, divided into 100 Cents.

MONEY MATTERS Travellers cheques can easily be converted into Euros; some larger stores will take them as payment. Smaller denominations are preferred. Major credit cards are widely accepted (though American Express less so) and ATM access is widespread.

TIPPING Like most European countries, tipping in restaurants is common, with a recommended 10% on a discretionary basis according to service. Check that a service charge has not been added to your bill before deciding whether to tip. Taxi drivers do not usually expect a tip but it is common practice and considered polite to round up taxi fares.

WEATHER Greece enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, occasionally wet winters. Summer temperatures can reach the upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and sun protection in the form of sun cream, a sun hat and lightweight clothing is recommended.

CLOTHING Style is fairly casual throughout Greece though in more rural areas and during Easter more conservative dress may be observed, for example covered shoulders. Cathedrals, churches and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime as the heat can be extreme during summer months. You are advised to take lightweight light coloured items, including a sun hat to protect your skin from the affects of sun damage. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate light to medium-weight clothing selections and in winter you will need a pullover and a coat. When dining at better restaurants and for any special occasion during your journey, dress is more formal. For gentlemen, a "jacket and tie" standard is appropriate, with an equivalent standard of eveningwear for ladies. Bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels.

HEALTH For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

ELECTRICITY Electrical service is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.


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