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  • The Τour of Crete

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    The Τour 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 20th 2018, 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.

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    • Summer Festival in Heraklion

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      Summer Festival in Heraklion

       During the summer interesting cultural events take places in all villages to celebrate religious feasts. The festivals contribute to the survival of local customs and traditions and enrich the visitors’ experience. Less-known cultural events are organised to commemorate historical anniversaries.

      “KASTRINO CARNIVAL” – Events held during carnival in the Municipality of Heraklion

      “INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM”

      “POTTERY CERAMICS FESTIVAL” Thrapsano, Municipality of Pediada Minoa

      “DAFNES WINE FESTIVAL” – Dafnes Cultural Association www.winefest-dafnes.gr

      “ARCADEIA” – Organized by the Cultural Association of the villages Ini and Monastiraki “INATOS”

      “AIKATERINEIA” Cultural Association of Agia Aikaterini

      “Poimenes Agravlountes in Gergeri” Festival of traditional pastoral wind instruments organized by the Cultural Association of Gergeri.

      The “Eftazymos Festival” organized by the Kastamonitsa Educational Association, named for the traditional Cretan chickpea flour bread, and dedicated to the inventive skills of generations of Cretan women.

      “PARATHAMNEIA” a series of mainly musical events organized by the Cultural Association of Tefeliou

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      • “Houdetsi Festival”

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        “Houdetsi Festival”

        Houdetsi Festival is a 4 day celebration of music, food and art that takes place in the little village of Houdetsi located 23 klm due south of Heraklion, on the island of Crete.  his year 23,000 people from all over the world attended the Festival!

        Houdetsi has been  an international attraction for musicians since 2002 as Labyrinth Musical Workshop organizes seminars and master classes with musicians from all over the world for the last 10 years. Houdetsi Festival  as well as Labyrinth Musical Workshop’s activities are an initiative of Ross Daly who is also the artistic director of both.

        Free entrance!

        Info:tel-fax: +30 2810 741 027, www.houdetsifestival.com ,  info@labyrinthmusic.gr

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        • Matala Festival

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          Matala Festival

          The Festival is an international artistic event for all ages. It supports a trip in time, music, art, literature from the 60’s and the 70’s to the present day. More than 200 artists, musicians and intellectuals are going to participate in the
          3-day festivities. It is the first festival in Greece with free entrance to all the concerts. It started in 2011 and was advertised in more than 140 television networks worldwide. It was also mentioned more than 50.000 times in international magazines.

          Goals
          – To advertise the area and highlight the unique Cretan products, creating trade “ways”.
          – To financially strengthen the Municipality through new incentives
          – To develop tourism and the economy in the Municipality and to attract thematic tourism
          -To highlight the culture and the folk tradition of the Municipality in an atmosphere of celebration and joy.
          – For more information contact the Municipality by telephone 28923 40 203 or

          Info:  www.matalabeachfestival.org, festosdimos@gmail.com,  dimosfestou.gryoutube, facebook

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          • Pierra Creta (Alpine skiing race)

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            Pierra Creta (Alpine skiing race)

            Further information: www.pierracreta.gr

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            • World Tourism Day

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              World Tourism Day

              The World Tourism Day is celebrated by the Regional Unit of Heraklion – Region of Crete with great splendor. Cultural events take place in numerous areas, having the town of Heraklion as their focal point, namely its squares: Archaeological Museum Square, Agios Titos (Saint Titos’) Square, Kallergon Square, Eleftherias Square and Agia Ekaterini (Saint Catherine’s) Square.

              Musical events with the participation of very important performers and bands of Crete, traditional products and popular art fairs with the participation of approx. 300 exhibitors constitute the main activities during those days.

              The Region of Crete – Regional Unit of Heraklion undertakes the organization of such a great event, with the participation of all the Municipalities of the Regional Unit of Heraklion, as well as of Educational Establishments and Cultural Associations. At the same time, there is a treat to the visitors of Heraklion at the Archaeological Museum Square: food sampling to get a taste from the renowned Cretan cuisine, with the participation of the local actors of tourism. This year, those days are dedicated to the commemoration anniversary of 100 years from the Union of Crete with Greece.

              CO-ORGANIZERS:
              MUNICIPALITIES OF: HERAKLION, ARCHANES- ASTEROUSIA, VIANNOS, GORTYS, MALEVIZI, MINOA PEDIADΟS, FESTOS, HERSONISSOS.

              WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF: The Greek National Tourism Organization, The Ministry of Tourism, Heraklion Port Authority S.A., The Chamber of Commerce of Heraklion, The Association of Tourism & Travel Agencies of Crete, The Hoteliers’ Union of Heraklion, “PHILOXENIA”, Rental Apartments and Rooms Owners’ Association in the Regional Unit of Heraklion, The Pan-Cretan Association of Hotel Managers, The Chefs’ Club of Crete, Heraklion Traders’ Association, The Traders’ and Professionals’ Association of Agia Pelagia

              Free entrance! Info: voutsala@crete.gov.gr

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