Go Local

 For a genuine experience!

Go Local 

Looking for a more genuine experience? The island is full of places to visit and if you are interested in seeing and experiencing a different side of Crete we have gathered a few “Go Local” activities for you. Get new impressions whilst discovering the true Crete, whether you have been to Crete many times or this is you first time, this is something for you!

Get to know the locals and make new friends, see Crete through their eyes and listen to their stories. Feel the Cretan hospitality and spend your time with the locals. Chances are you are making a new good friend! They will show you things from their point of view and places you probably wouldn't have discovered without them.

Boat Trip To Magical Menies Beach 25 EUR

Join a wonderful boat trip from Kolymbari harbor to the amazing beach of Menies. The Menies beach is formed in a small bay and enchants the visitor when approaching. The imposing rocks combined with the wild beauty of nature create an earthly paradise. Free Transfer from your hotel is included!    Boat trip to Menies Menies or Diktynna is located on the northeastern shores of Cape Rodopos, a 45 km northwest of Chania. Menies beach is formed into a small bay where the Foundas Gorge ends.  It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters that immediately captivates the visitor when approaching. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and it is the ideal destination for swimming, snorkeling and relaxation. The imposing rock combined with the wild beauty of the nature has an earthly paradise as a result. The Menies beach is several kilometers away from the nearest village and it has not been altered by humans in any shape or form. It is a virgin landscape that awaits you!  We are waiting for you at the port of Kolimbari in order to travel and enjoy the beauty of this place. We will guide you to places of historical and geographical importance for Crete. The trip’s duration is 4 hours. We will visit the caves that are in our way, we will stops for swimming in the blue waters of our island and our final destination will be the Menies beach. The Menies beach is formed in a small bay and enchants the visitor when approaching. The imposing rocks combined with the wild beauty of nature create an earthly paradise. There is also the monastery of St. George, dating from 530 BC, and the remains of the ancient port. Through this cruise you will be allowed to experience the beauty of our country and enjoy the sun and sea.   Boat leavs harbor at  time: 10:15 Return time: 14:15 Duration: 4 hours   Notice: If weather conditions are very bad, the trip will be rearranged. If it's cancelled, you will get 100% refund on your payment.

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EASY 1/2 DAY-BIKE TOUR - Deres - 42 EUR

Crete is a true El Dorado for cyclists. See it's fantastic nature by bike, a great activity for the whole family.    DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP The days starts at the meeting point from where you will be taken by minivan up to the village Nea Roumata. Here you find beautiful green landscapes, cycling through chestnut groves and ending up reaching the village Deres. In Deres you will be let in on some secrets of the cretan lifestyle at the kafenion. Here you get a chance to ask and learn things about the cretans. A short ride further down we will meet some history from the Byzantine, Venetian and the Turks when you get to discover the Castello. You will experience a great feeling of peace and harmony as you are cycling downhill, a real nature experience. Passing small farms with all types of farm animals along the road, seeing the picturesque countryside of Crete. Cruising downhill through olive groves and orange gardens you reach the north coast at Tavronitis, here a minivan will bring you back to where you started your day. Notice! Please inform us your gender, height and children's age when you have booked a bike tour. Suitable for: parent & kid tandem, baby seats.   

Falassarna Walk 35 EUR

Day or Sunset  walk to the beach of Falassarna A walk to one of Crete’s loveliest beaches and lesser known archaeological sites. Our INFORMATIVE GUIDE will take you on a route through a pretty village, olive groves and on a path with stunning sea views overlooking the far West coast of Crete. When we arrive at the beach there is time for a swim and meal (not included).  

IMBROS Gorge - 9 km FREE WIFI on bus

Imbros Gorge is located in province Sfakia and is the second largest gorge in Crete, following Samaria Gorge. The picturesque scenery and its wilderness in combination with the low difficulty make the descent of Imbros ideal for families with children. The walking length of the gorge is 9 km and the course lasts about 2.5 hours. You can walk to the gorge all year round and it is definitely worth seeing. .During your descent you will meet various famous locations such as the “Airplane”, “Stenada”, “Mesofarango” and “Xepitira Arch”. Imbros gorge was the escape route for thousands of allied troops retreating from the north of the island. During the period of the battle of Crete in 1941 the troops headed for Chora Sfakion to be collected by ships. From Imbros Village you will start hiking until “Komitades” village. You will meet traces of the old stone paved trail that was once the main passage from Sfakia to Chania. After approximately 1 hour of walk into the gorge, you will reach the narrowest point of the gorge. The walls of the gorge are less than 2 meters apart and tower 300 m. above. At the end of the gorge you will reach “Komitades” village, where the bus will take you to ChoraSfakion. Chora Sfakion is the capital of the remote and mountainous region of Sfakia. The untamed landscape is combined with the quiet. Charming seaside settlement. The sandy beach with the crystal clear blue waters is suitable for relaxation after hiking. A few coffee shops and taverns are located within and around the villages. In its northern neighbourhood, you will find the ruins of the venetian "Fortress of Sfakia” or “Castel di Sfacia or Sfachia” where you can get a panoramic view of Sfakia and admire the wilderness of the nature.  

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Medium Full Day Bike & Hike Tour - Sougia 68 EUR

Experience a full day of adventure. See the beautiful and famous Agia Irini gorge, swim in the clear sea to cool off and ride your bike through Cretes fantastic nature.     DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP   This is a medium tour suitable for adults and teenegers in "normal" condition. Expect firm country roads, few gravel passages and some steeper and faster downhill parts. You start your descend into the isolated valleys of the White Mountains at 1,200 m. When you reach the entrance of Agia Irini Gorge it's time to put on your hiking boots. For two and a half hours the smell of sage will accompany you through this impressive canyon. A swim in the clear Libyan Sea at Sougia revives you and will give you energy for the afternoon when we bike through Crete's greenest valleys.   Notice! Please inform us your gender and height for installation of the bikes.

Monastery Wine Tasting with Mezes

A singular experience for every visitor. History, culture and the magic of wine become one for a memorable visit. Learn about rare local and international grape varieties by walking the over 50 year old vines of Romeiko (the signature grape of western Crete), the Trebbiano and discover the model Cabernet Sauvignon block. Next you will walk through time and marvel at the early olive oil mill factory where it housed the agricultural monastery’s museum. The highlight of the visit will take place in a sandstone vaulted cellar built in 1613 with a tutored tasting of a selection of the monastery- estate wines with local delicacies. Wine tasting is not the only experience at hand as you will be able to savour extra virgin olive oil from the centenarian old olive groves of the Monastery. Monastery Wine Tasting with Mezes The Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon is one of the most important Monasteries with a rich contribution to the history and culture of the island. The Monastery was built in the end of the Venetian domination in Crete (1632) by the brothers Ieremia and Lavrentios Tzagaroloi who were haled from a large Venetian-Cretan family. From the past to the present, the Monastery farms organic olive and vine cultivation and produces fine wine, organic extra virgin olive oil, traditional tsikoudia, pure thyme honey and unique balsamic vinegars combined with thyme honey or fresh orange. In the basement of the Monastery, where in the past was the olive oil mill , there is a folk museum where one can admire a large collection of old objects and agricultural tools. The old mill and the screw press used to extract the olive oil are also preserved in this area. In this space anyone can taste, without charge, all the fine products of the Monastery and admire the imposing wine cellar. After discovering, through a journey in time, history and taste, the visitor can buy the Monastery’s products in the traditional store. Τhe Monastery cultivates 17 hectares of vineyards. Among the wines the local variety of Romeiko is singular with its special white dry, red dry and sweet wine. The varieties of Trebbiano, Muscat of Alexandria, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have adapted to the microclimate of the area and give a unique collection of 11 different wines. You can combine your visit to the historic Monastery along with a tour of vineyards and olive groves and complete your journey with a wine tasting in an area dedicated to wine tastings.  

Safari Tour 1 - The White Mountains 80 EUR

Combine a unique guided Jeep tour in White Mountains of Crete with panoramic views,  traditional Cretan villages, learn  the history and  the traditions of the Island, and find out all about the lifestyle of a Cretan shepherd by exploring an original shepherd’s hut. Enjoy the unique view of Chania from above 1350m and meet the wildlife of Crete by the help of our 4x4 Jeeps, driven by expert English speaking escorts.   DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Tour 1-Explore the White Mountains of Crete The amazing off-road adventure starts after crossing the valley full of orange trees, avocado’s and vegetables gardens. Climbing up the foot of White Mountains and passing through Cretan villages getting the feeling of mountainous Crete you arrive to the coffee stop to enjoy your morning break. Coffee or mountain tea will be offered for free to our guests enjoying the village life far away from mass tourism. Continuing our tour following the off road route up to the shepherd’s hut  “Mitato” far away from touristic areas, where only a 4 wheel driver can approach, you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of northern Crete and, If we are lucky ... eagles and wild goats will show up and give us a very good reason for some extra photo stops. A small rocky road will lead us up to our trip’s highest point 1350 meters in altitude in the heart of White Mountains of Crete, where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd, where the famous Cretan “Graviera” cheese was produced and explore an original Shepherd's hut "Mitato". On the way back you will enjoy the best panoramic view of Chania from above until we arrive at Therisso village and working up an appetite we visit a small traditional family Cretan tavern where we will be welcomed by the owner, to introduce us to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. After the lunch break we will follow the road through the amazing gorge of Therisso that will lead us back to Chania.

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Safari Tour 2 - Explore the Secrets 80 EUR

See the beautiful landscape of Crete and try our olive oil, see how it's produced and try our tasty wine at a winery. Learn a few Cretan secrets for a long life.  DETAILS OF YOUR TRIP Tour 2. Explore the Secrets of Wine and Olives Starting our Day trip Safari to Cretan culture we visit an Olive Mill and then a winery for an informative tour in the Cretan secrets for a long life! We visit an ancient olive tree which is 3000 years old and an exhibition on the history of olives. Working up an appetite we arrive at a small village tavern, where we introduce you to Cretan cuisine with plenty of food, wine and warm Cretan hospitality. On the way up to Mesavlia we cross the gorge of Deliana with its picturesque creek nestled amongst lush vegetation. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos of sheep and goats on our way to the cavernous chapel of Ag. Paraskevi, where we will make a short stop. On the way back we pass through Cretan villages and Olive grooves.

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Wine Tasting - Simple 8 EUR

Come and enjoy a tour and tasting at a Winery! During the tour you will have a chance to attend the presentation and to hear about the wine making process.