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Winery Boutari
Krousaniotissa Krousaniotissa
Viannos Village
Felea Goods
Peza Union Crete
Honey Dinas
Homemade Pasta Melko
Olive Oil Critida
Cottage Industry Dinapoja
DS Distillers
description

Two magnificent mountain ranges Idis and Diktis, the famous mountain Psiloritis, the rich valleys and fertile land of Mesaras, the worldwide known archaeological Palace of Knossos and Phaistos will welcome you to Heraklion.  There are many beautiful sandy beaches in the region, such as Hersonisos, Malia (top tourist destination), Agia Pelagia, Mattala (favourite hippie spot) and Kalous Limenes.

what to buy
  • Olive oil
  • Wine
  • Tsikoudia
  • Honey
  • Kefalotyri (type of cheese)
  • Ksinomizythra (local cheese)
  • Graviera (type of cheese)
  • Apaki (cured meat)
  • herbs
what to see
  • The Palace of Knossos
  • Phaistos
  • In Heraklion town: Lion Square, Meidani, Koule, the Venetian walls, Kazantzakis tomb
  • The Archaeological Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • Museum of the Battle of Crete and the National Resistance
  • Aquarium
  • Hersonisos and Malia
  • Mattala
  • Agia Pelagia
what to taste

The land here is considered blessed.  Olive oil and olives, cereals, grapes (sultana, rozaki, perlet varieties), honey, fruit (from citrus fruits to bananas all year round), wine (local varieties like Malevizi), tsikoudia (a local drink made from distilled grape marc), aromatic herbs and spices, especially dittany of Crete, rosemary, mint and malotira are all of exceptional quality.  The local cheeses like anthotiro, mizithra, kefalotiri, ksinomizithra and graviera and also apaki (cured smoked pork), pihti (shredded pork in lemon & citrus juice), local meats and chohlii (snails, a local delicacy) are also delicious.  This is probably the only place in Greece where such a wide variety and high quality of vegetables and wild greens can be found.  The tomatoes, lettuces, leeks, artichokes, onions, and all wild greens (askordoulaki, glistrida, askolibri, papoules) guarantee a great detox for your body.


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