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Guided Winter Excursions

Cultural Routes (in collaboration with Kouriton House)

Margarites

Potter in Margarites

Melidoni Cave

Melidoni Cave

Wine Routes

Arkadi Monastery

  • Margarites - The Place and its Monuments
    The Kouriton House - historic cultural monument from the 19th Century.
    Tzanakiana – rural village at the beginning of the routes of the ecomuseum.
    Margarites - ancient ceramics centre, centre of the Byzantine and Venetian time, a traditional village with live social function and structures.
    Tasting of homemade cakes and traditional drinks.
  • The Kourites Path - The Place and its History
    Tour - Teaching at the archaeological sites:
    Eleftherna - Necropolis of the Standing Stone (Orthi Petra) – Acropolis – archaeological excavations
    Arkadi Monastery - restored Memorial - Symbol of Freedom.
    Thematic dinner at an accredited farm in Eleftherna.
  • The Hermes Path
    Visit to the sacred caves-temples of the eco-museum:
    Talaios Ermis at Melidoni, the sanctuary of Hermes in the archaeological park of Eleftherna
    Kranaios Ermis cave at the Patsos gorge
    Visit the village of Apostoloi, thx`e openair museum of sculpture by the sculptor J. Neonakis - pilgrimage in memory of Anassouvari
    Special dinner at an accredited traditional restaurant.

The Taste of Psiloritis (in collaboration with Kouriton House)

  • The Path of Olives and the Flavours
    • Visit of Kouriton House: tour through this listed rural mansion (18th century), presentation of the rehabilitation project and of the objects of daily use, audio-visual material on Cretan gastronomy from ancient time until today. Tasting of tradional sweets and liquers (local production of the house).
    • Visit to the tradional olive press factory, local fabriques, a traditional pottery workshop and pre-industrial monuments in Margarites.
    • Visit to ancient Cretan olive groves (650 BC) at Tripodo.
    • Thematic dinner at traditional village by the women of the area.
  • The Path of Herbs and Myth
    Hiking trail at 'Lagos', the gorge of Margarites with indigenous herbs and wild flowers and the Minoan Tomb (14th Century BC) - duration 1 hour
    Route through the natural environment of Saint Sylas - duration 1 hour
    Thematic dinner in a traditional restaurant with teachings about the olives and herbs in the Cretan Diet.

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