A day out in the countryside of Crete. A perfect chance for you to get to know the real Cretans and the real way of life in the small villages of the island.
Driving through the scenic route of central Crete we pass the fertile wine plain of Peza and we make our first stop at the Monastery of Agarathos one of the oldest on Crete. The church of the Monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and manuscripts, dated 1559, provide evidence that it had an important library and was an educational center.
Next stop will be the village of Thrapsano which completes today 8000 years of history of handmade pottery. Within the same natural environment and in the same great tradition, watch the potters continue to create masterpieces worthy of the Art of Minoan Pottery.
At the southern slopes of Dicti Mountain is the picturesque village of Viannos, where you can taste Greek coffee in a traditional “Kafenio”, before we continue our route to the south coast and the tiny village of Myrtos, through beautiful landscape of wild flower vegetation. Here we have our midday break with plenty of time for swimming in the calm waters of the Libyan Sea and lunch.
Passing Ierapetra, Pahia Ammos, Istron and Agios Nikolaos we make our last stop in Neapolis where you can taste “Soumada”, a traditional Cretan non alcoholic drink made of almonds. This will complete a day that you will have felt just like you have been a Cretan yourself!!