Markets, Crete Island
Municipal markets can be found in most towns in Crete (as well as all over Greece). They're open from the morning till early afternoon.
There you'll be able to buy fresh food, some local crafts, drinks, even clothes. I especially adore municipal markets in which one can have a cup of coffee or lunch.
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Hania's Market all the local products that you might want, such as produce like chestnuts, bread, bananas, honey, and "eptazyma" toasts. You can also start a bit early and stock up on the famous Cretan grappa "raki" or "tsipouro". Though I don;t recommend getting blitzed before lunch!
You can also buy leather items, hand-made ceramic souvenirs, various fabric and jewellery.
What to pay: Everything here, as elsewhere in Greece, is pretty cheap by European standards. If you feel it is too expensive, just keep going. You can ALWAYS bargain here for better prices. They somewhat expect it.
Saturday gypsy market is situated near the port, and bus station for Chania - Rethymno (main station). It begins with usual pirate market, where you can buy false Rolex or Chanel, and continues into a real market for real Cretans, which means that food is cheap and abundant.
What to buy: 1. Dictamus tea. It is a mountaneous sort of oregano, endemic for Crete. Cures cold, stomach, it`s good for many other contitions, it has a taste od sun and spring in the mountains. Costs 1 EUR for the bag. Buy any amount you like!
2. Kefalotiri cheese. It is strong, with smoked, disgusting, stinking crust (don`t eat it!) 1 kilogram is 8.5 EUR, but the taste is superb. If you want to just try, or buy less then kilo, be quick and precise. Otherwise, you will end up with the cheese you don`t like.
3. Caplosca (ka-plos-ka). Strange cactus fruit with taste between kiwi and banana. Let the salesman show you how to remove the crust, because it bites bad! NEVER touch the caplosca before removing the crust. Price: 2.8 EUR for kilogram
What to pay: How much you can carry?
This is another old shopping centre in Herakleio downtown.You can find a lot of things in good prices and you can try for a better one!
Thats how Agora looks inside! The shops are very close to each other and the whole building has the shape of a cross,so, it has 4 entrances.
This is the main shopping centre in Chania. Its an old building and inside you can find most eatable things, some local kind of breads, cheese, milk, botans and more like souvenirs...