The tour of CreteCultural Events, FestivalLESSMORE
The tour of Crete
We invite you to Crete, the largest, most beautiful, historic island of Greece! A rugged island of craggy mountains and deep, green valleys studded with millions of olive trees, situated in the Mediterranean midway between Greece and Africa, the Middle East and Italy.
Crete is 260Km long and 60Km wide, dominated by four mountain ranges. The Ida Massif, rising to a height of 2,456 m, is at its center. Because of the island’s strategic location, Crete has been the focus of contention throughout history. Dorian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian and Turkish conquerors have all left their marks on the island – without, however, subduing the proud and pleasure-loving Cretans.
On May 8th 2016, cyclists from all over the world will come together for the first edition of the “Tour of Crete” cycling challenge to test themselves in this unique odyssey of distance, geography, climate and culture of Crete. 6 stages, will offer an amazing cycling challenge and a magnificent showcase of Crete.
Cultural Events of TzermiadonCultural EventsLESSMORE
Cultural Events of Tzermiadon
AUGUST : Three-day Potato festival which is also celebrated in the home of the potato, Peru.
Three-day festival at DIKTAIA (where the cave Diktaio Antro is located, the birthplace of the mythological God ZEUS)
27/8 The feast of “Ksefournisma” (a type of traditional bread of Crete) the name of which means seven doughs.
August. Courgette Festival.
Events in SiteiaCultural Events, FestivalLESSMORE
Events in Siteia
It is organized every two years by the General Headquarters of the Navy and the Coastguard of Siteia, in the last week of June. It includes lectures, music and dance events as well as sailing contests.
Carneval of Siteia
A relatively recently established event, it gathers participants from villages and cultural associations of the municipal District of Siteia. It is organized by the Municipality of Siteia and takes place on the last Sunday of the carnival in our town.
A series of cultural events in the town of Siteia, that begin in early June and last until late August. It is a well-established custom, with very wide resonance.It also includes music, theatre and dancing events as well as painting, photography and sports events (“Cornarian” Race with participation of athletes from all over Greece, Beach Volley).
It is a new festival and it is planned to take place
in June in the centre of the village Piscokefalo. It is organized by the Cultura; Association of Piscokefalo. It includes musical events.
It is celebrated in the last 4 years in the central square of the village Tourloti in June. It is organized by the Cultural Association of Tourloti. It includes musical events.
“Mirabello” Events at Agios NikolaosCultural EventsLESSMORE
“Mirabello” Events at Agios Nikolaos
Throughout the year, a series of events are organized in Agios Nikolaos in the Municipality under the name “Mirabello”. These events include concerts by both locally and internationally renowned performers, theatrical performances, art exhibits, sporting competitions and traditional Cretan evenings and feast day celebrations. Specifically, the Children’s Festival, the “Kalydonia” swimming competition, and a three-day arts and literature event with participants from all over Greece, are a few of the events that have become institutions here and are held every year with great success.
“B.I.G. Party Ierapetra Experience”Athletic EventLESSMORE
“B.I.G. Party Ierapetra Experience”
The biggest beach party in Crete takes place at Ierapetra, and is universally known as the “B.I.G. Party Ierapetra Experience”. There is also no shortage of sporting events, including: 5X5 Tournament (beach soccer) at Pachia Ammos and Myrtos, beach volley at Kato Paralia in Ierapetra and in late April, at Mythous, is the Mythos Minoan Trail Mountain Race (MMM), a super-marathon which involves a 26 km national road run, a 35 km mountain bike trail and a 7 km hike.
If you find yourself near Iero Alsos Kavousi in June do not miss the following:
A) Half Marathon 21.1 km trail running
B) Ancient Olive Road 2.5 km
C) 400m road run for primary school children
D) A 45 km cycle ride in the Thripti mountains.
E) Long distance hike 21.2 km
F) Short distance hike
Casa dei Mezzo Music FestivalFestivalLESSMORE
Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival
The Casa Dei Mezzo Festival at Makrigialos, Ierapetra is the only summer classical music festival in Crete, with renowned international artists taking part.
More information: www.casadeimezzo.com
“Local Produce: Nutritional and Therapeutic Properties”FestivalLESSMORE
“Local Produce: Nutritional and Therapeutic Properties”
The Municipality of Sitia, in cooperation with the Sitia Development Organization and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Department of Nutrition and Dietetics) is organising a festival entitled: “Local Produce: Nutritional and Therapeutic Properties”. During the festival there are cooking demonstrations and tastings of local produce from Sitia and the areas with which it has developed cooperative relationships: the Lassithi Plateau, Chios and the area of Mount Troodos in Cyprus. There are also demonstrations of Cretan cooking by well-known chefs, who have creative proposals for incorporating local products in modern cuisine.
Other interesting events surrounding the main festival include informative seminars to help the effective promotion of local products, visits to model production and standardised preparation facilities, artistic events, traditional music and dance events, exhibitions of photography and painting, a graffiti competition, demonstrations of personal care and health products, interactive musical and theatrical games for children, and many more.
Local hotels and catering establishments in the city take a particularly active part in the events, with special price offers, and unique treats for visitors. The Municipality of Sitia and the Sitia Development Organization extend an open invitation to participate in this great celebration of Sitia’s local produce, with the myriad aromas, flavours, music and dancing that flood the city’s main square.
Media representatives, including those from specialist magazines in Greece and abroad, will be attending the event and helping Sitia take its rightful place on the global culinary map and in the international food and drink markets. The festival takes place as part of the project “TOPON EFORIA – Nutritional products and sustainable development in the cooperating regions” of the Cross-border Cooperation Programme CBC ‘GREECE-CYPRUS 2007-2013’.
The Cretan Wine FestivalFestivalLESSMORE
The Cretan Wine Festival
In the cool Municipal Garden, the “Travelling Club” of Rethymno organises the Cretan Wine Festival every summer. A rich programme including traditional Cretan and Greek folklore music groups is offered. A large number of local and foreign visitors can enjoy Greek music every evening. Wine is free. The visitor will find wine choices from the largest wine producing companies of Crete and will be given the opportunity to try almost all the flavours and varieties of the famous Cretan wines.
Carnival in RethymnoCultural EventsLESSMORE
Carnival in Rethymno
The town of Rethymno organises the greatest carnival parade on the island of Crete and one of the most impressive of Greece. It is worth mentioning that apart from the magnificent parade, various other events take place in the framework of the carnival festivities. On Shrove Thursday a street party is organised at Platanos Square and at the Church “Mikri Panagia”, with live music for everyone’s taste, as well as titbits and wine. All the locals look forward to the event, as it has developed into the largest open-air party the town has ever organized.
On the Sunday before the great parade, a party is organised for the participating groups. Of course, the party, which includes plenty of food, wine and dancing, continues until the early hours of the morning. On Shrove Friday, two days before the actual Carnival parade, one gets a first impression of what it will be like, as the parade goes through the streets of the town at night.
More than 4.000 people work feverishly for months in order to present their masks and carriages on the great Carnival parade.
Shrove Monday in the picturesque villages of the Prefecture of Rethymno: Revival of traditions and customs in picturesque villages of the Prefecture of Rethymno challenges and invites everybody to experience an unforgettable Shrove Monday.
The villages of Meronas at the foot of Mount Psiloritis and of Melidoni welcome hundreds of aficionados of the old customs, including Carnival games, happenings and satires. Customs like the “kidnapping of the bride” and the “Kantis” (the smudging of people, in combination with good wine and Cretan music) offer a unique experience.