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No meal is complete until the host serves chilled Tsikoudia, (raki) and joins you in a fiery toast. This is truly a slice of mountain village life where local crafts and traditions still flourish and the hospitality is one you will long remember.

 

Cretan hospitality or philoxenia, the love of a stranger is legendary. It is almost a social obligation, the poorer the giver the greater the pleasure in giving.The local villages will assault your senses at every turn from the purple bourgenvilla at nearby Gavolahori square against the dark green of the surrounding pine forest, or the smell of wild herbs and spit roasted meat.

 

Only a 10 minutes drive from Vamos will deliver you to the delightful seaside resorts and traditional fishing villages of Almirida and Kalives. The excellent fish restaurants sit alongside the low key beach bars where you can sip a cocktail, watching the orange sun disappear whilst dipping your toes in the warm sea.

 

Almerida also boasts an excellent sailing club where you can learn to sail at the French sailing school or hire a kayak or windsurfer. You can even learn to dive and get a PADI certificate at the local diving school, all of which can be arranged at the villa. A few kilometres further along the coast is the busier resort of Georgiopoli where you can enjoy a vigorous walk on 10km of beautiful golden sand. Only 4 km inland from Georgiopoli will bring you to Lake Fornas,

 

Crete’s only freshwater lake where you can hire a pedalo and chase the turtles.