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Crete’s Samaria Gorge Opens to Public on May 1

Written by  |  Monday, 09 April 2018 00:00  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

Samaria Gorge in Crete opens for visitors on May 1.

According to an announcement, the forestry agency has taken all necessary precautions to protect the ecosystem.

It is said while Samaria Gorge is a unique ecosystem of magnificent beauty, crossing the gorge can be a very arduous process. Visitors are only allowed to walk along the central path and never leave it under any circumstances.

Visitors must abide also by the signs placed along the path, especially those referring to possible rock falls.

Smoking is prohibited to protect against fires and is allowed only at resting areas.

Samaria Gorge has been a national park since 1962 and the 16 kilometer (10 mile) hike is a major tourist draw.

Anogeia - Hyakintheia

Written by  |  Friday, 22 June 2018 03:00  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

This is a three day event, taking place annually in July. Dedicated to Aghios Hyakinthos - the Cretan "Saint of Love"

This is a three day event, taking place annually in July. Dedicated to Aghios Hyakinthos – the Cretan ‘Saint of Love’, it takes place in an area specially prepared for it, a little outside the village of Anogia, up the Psiloriti slopes (at 1200 m up!).

Each year the Festival has a different theme, but usually this marries traditional Cretan music and folk traditions with similar ones from other parts of Greece, or even from further afield in the Mediterranean. At the same time, traditional cheese-making processes are on display – whilst guests can consume raki and other Cretan delicacies.

Rethymno Celebrates Colorful Greek Carnival

Written by  |  Thursday, 21 June 2018 00:00  |  Published in ENTERTAINMENT

It all started back in 1914 and ever since, year after year, the Cretan city of Rethymno hosts a traditional carnival celebration like no other place in Greece.

Over three weeks, the Cretan coastal city holds parties and masquerades with traditional dancing and music, theater performances, street parades and children’s events.

Two important events during the calendar of the Rethymninan Carnival are the legendary Treasure Hunt as well as the Grand Final Parade that closes the celebrations.

Nearly a century of celebrations have been adding humor, light and color to the streets of the city. This year, the celebrations focus on hope for better days, on seeing the bright side of life in a world made of ordinary gray experiences.

The carnival celebration began last Saturday with Rethymnians paying tribute to “His Excellence, the King of Carnival”, as locals call it. Events will keep it running until Sunday Feb. 18 when it will be time for the Grand Parade and the closing ceremony in the village of Gerani, a great night with a camel parade and kites.