Villa Belleveue

Aghia Pelagia Lygaria 1, Heraklion, 71110, Greece
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Dance!Cretan dancing is known...

by anniina

Dance!Cretan dancing is known for its vitality. A famous Cretan dance is the Pentozali. The Pentozali, danced throughout Crete, was done by armed warriors during ancient times. The rhythm is provided by a Cretan lyre and the dancers, holding hands, start dancing slowly in a circle. As the music quickens, so do the steps and the dance reaches a frenzy speed, ending suddenly when the lyre does.

Another well-known dance is the Syrtos. The Syrtos is lead by a dancer who skilfully and energetically leads the group. The leader provides the initiative for the dance and will do a variety of complicated steps, while being supported by the line of backup dancers, doing more mild steps.

On our last day, just 'by...

by Rieke

On our last day, just 'by accident', we had the best encounter of our stay ! We were driving around, to take some more pictures, and when I left the car to take a photo of a cactus, I heard some voices shouting something in Greek. I turned around and saw two elderly people making signs to come. Curious as I am, I did not hesitate and walked through the fence. They were making signs with their heads and hands towards the corner of the garden. I had to go there and take pictures. As I came closer to the corner, I saw a kind of very small open 'shower base', where 3 people stood barefoot, crushing grapes !
They started laughing when they saw my face, total unbelief ! Very friendly, they immediately handed me 3 bunches of grapes and asked me to take pictures, if I wanted ! Of course, I did not hesitate ! You can see some more pictures in my travelogue !


by Juliet67

Constructed on a largely man-made hill, Knossos is the largest, most solidly-built and impressive of the island's Minoan palaces.

It had a total area of 22,000 square metres and sustained a population of between 80,000 and 100,000 people. Excavations began when Minos Kalokairinos, a native of the city, began experimental digs in the palace area.
However, systematic excavations were not begun until Sir Arthur Evans arrived in 1900. The controversial reconstruction that Evans supervised was deemed necessary because of the extreme depth of the site.

The palace was confusing due to its multitude of layers--each period of settlement had been built on top of the previous one. The remains seen today are mainly those of the New Palace Period of around 1700 B.C.


The province of...

by Juliet67


The province of Rethymno is one of the four provinces of Crete. It stretches from the White Mountains until mount Psiloritis, bordered by the provinces of Chania and Heraklion. It covers an area of 1.496 km and has a population of 81.157 inhabitants. The city of Rethymno is the capital of the province of Rethymno and has been built in the north coast of Crete where there is the Cretan Sea. The population of the town of Rethymno is around 23.126 inhabitants.

The province of Rethymno is the most mountainous one. The basic products that are produced are olives, oil, and vegetables. In the mountainous area of Rethymno is developed the cattle breeding but the town of Rethymno is mostly commercial.

Festivals and celebrations

The Renaissance Festival is a big event for Rethymno. It has started in 1987 and takes place every year since then. The duration of this festival is three weeks and hosts a variety of theatrical, musical and multi-media spectacles.

The Cretan wine Festival takes place in public garden, lasts three weeks every summer and attracts thousands of visitors. This festival exists 35 years in Rethymno.

The local Carnival held at the start of lent every year and it is regarded as the best Carnival in Crete.


by buna

And since you visit once your heart stays there for ever.
Crete is separeted in four prefectures:
Especially the southern part of the island, looking to Africa, has the most nice seasides you can find in Europe. So prepare your laguages and fly to CRETE.
Taste the delicious tastes of Cretan cuisine and meet the friendly people with the special traditions and culture.


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