Category: Nature

Possessors of Cretan soil

Arriving on the island of Crete, you can immediately see how closely the Cretans coexist with their animals. A good half of the local population lives in villages. Naturally, they have been engaged in animal husbandry and agriculture since ancient times. Sheep and goats graze freely on the mountain slopes. They will meet you peacefully […]

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Time to collect nuts—walnuts

The green leaves have already burst, and the brown “nucleolus’” are about to fall to the ground—walnuts have ripened in Crete… Why Russians call them Greek-nuts? In general, the birthplace of the plant, according to scientists, is not Greece at all, but Asia Minor. In ancient times, in Greece itself, this nut was called Persian […]

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Myli Gorge

Vacationers on the island of Crete will be sure to be offered a tourist walk along one of the many gorges of the island. The most famous is Samaria. It is a national park serving to protect the unique nature of the Lefka Ori massif, and especially the endemic Cretan mountain goat Kri-kri. Samaria is […]

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Worth visiting idea: Kedrodasos

The town of Kissamos in the west of Crete claims a place among our worth visiting ideas: that is a reason to mention another treasure in the municipality of Kissamos—the beach of Kedrodasos (cedar forest), just a few kilometers from the famous island and beach of Elafonissi. Strictly speaking, it is not a forest but […]

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Meteora in Crete

Even if you have been to Crete many times, the island will never cease to amaze you. Further evidence of this claim is near the traditional Cretan village of Potamida which is located in the Municipal Community of Kissamos. Just a few tens of meters from the village houses, in the middle of cultivated fields, […]

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Caution: sea urchins!

Of course, you now that on the island of Crete, which is the most “peaceful” in terms of fauna, there is one danger that you can face on rocky beaches – sea urchins. They usually settle in “families” on coastal rocks or at the bottom. Nature has provided the delicate bodies of these small creatures […]

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Lake where beautiful goddesses bathed

The unique natural lake Voulismeni is a hallmark of Agios Nikolaos, a resort town in Crete. It was around this lake with a shape of an almost perfect circle that this town was built, which is sometimes, with some exaggeration, considered a semblance of the French city of Saint Tropez. The enchanting views of Voulismeni […]

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Greek summer symbol

Tamarisk or almiraki called in Greek is one of the Greek summer symbols. On many beaches, vacationers sit under tamarisk trees sheltering from the scoring sun and enjoy the sound of cicadas hiding in their branches. Tamarisk is a small evergreen tree. In Greece and Crete, it usually grows in coastal areas. The plant got […]

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Figs – a sweet temptation

For most people in Russia, figs are dried fruits. A happy traveler is who managed in distant wanderings at least once to pick from a branch and try this amazing delicacy, fresh figs! It is moderately sweet, delicate and refreshing, like a sea breeze… However, semi-moist and dried figs retain their useful qualities—in ancient times, […]

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Plumeria Frangipani or a Temple Flower

With all the luxuries of blooming Crete, this snow-white flower is beyond competition. It doesn’t not only surprise–you are really taken aback in front of its alien perfection. Garlands of white inflorescences on compact trees are not too noticeable at bright noon, their time is a fresh morning or quiet twilight, when the petals literally […]

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