“Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side, densely peopled and boasting ninety cities. Each of the several races of the island has its own language.
Homer, the Odyssey
Since the early ages, Crete has known prosperity and recognition, giving birth to the first civilization in Europe. The Minoans. In the recent years, Crete has preserved its unique culture, where local tradition holds an important part, incorporating it with grace in the modern way of living.
Four counties distinct for their own traditions constitute the island of Crete; Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Ag. Nikolaos (St. Nikolas). Chania, the jewel of West Crete, is the second largest county of Crete, found
To meet any part of Crete in all its glory and beauty, someone should ask for the help of the locals, or simply pick up any trail, allowing oneself to get lost only to discover another of Crete's countless traditional villages, or a well-hidden “mystical” cove.
Through this small guide, we are attempting to take you on a small tour around West Crete, introducing you to the Crete that we have come to meet.