Traditional Products, Crete Island
A major draw to the Lasithi for the many buses of day trippers is to see the 'thousands of whiteclothed-sailed windmills' which irrigate the high plain ringed by mnountains.
But there are apparently very few working windmills left. The Rough Guide to Greece says that the windmills that do still operate work only for limited periods, which apparently is mainly in the month of June.
There are many roadside taverns though that seem to have taken these windmills as marketing features adding character to their businesses.
I would recommmend the drive as very worthwhile for the scenery, a look into Cretan rural life and the number of windmills that I saw still around the plateau as impressive!!
In this, difficult to reach, area people have developed a sense of independence and love of liberty that did not, however, save them from calamity during the recent history, often the centre of revolutionary movements during the Turkish and German occupations. In August 1944, in reprisal for the resistance activity of the inhabitants, the village was flattened and many of its residents were executed.
Wander the streets of Anogia from the top to the bottom of the village, see the woven tablecloths and linens (with much salesmanship from the old ladies). In the lower part, where the Plateia Syntagmatos Kafeneio is and the statue of Vasilis Skoulas, the tavernas to the right with succulent lamb and other foods cooking outside in open barbecue-ovens; follow the sign behind the statue to see the original wood carvings and paintings of Alkiviadis Skoulas ("Grillios"), his son who is reasonably senior himself will show you the gallery (if he is not there - ask at the Kafeneio and they'll summon him to show it to you) at the Museum Grillios. Original wood carvings with much use of the natural shape of branches, and an appealing naive painting style in pictures of Eleftherios Venizelos and more.
Have a look at Nikos Xylouris's house right on this square - Anogia is also famous for it's musical tradition.