Highlights

  • Duration ± 6 hours
  • Olive Oil Factory
  • Local Cheese Maker
  • 14th century Byzantine Church
  • Sheep & Goatbell making
  • Authentic Old Olive Press
  • Local Cretan Food
  • Min number of persons: 4 adults, pre-booked at least one day before
  • Start: 10:00 from Vamos Tourist office

Schedule

Daily : on request

Price Include

  • Local Cretan Food

Price Does Not Include

  •  Guide and Transfer (after request with an additional cost)
€ 45,- per Person
Child € 25,- (untill 16 years old)

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Description

The programme:
10:00 Meet in the office

We drive towards the picturesque village of Maxairoi. We meet Kostas & Litsa in their herbs factory packaging the collected oregano, sage and mountain tee. Kostas introduces us to the processes of herbs collection, herbs oil extraction and making of essential oils. Litsa learns us ways of using the herbs in our daily life and their healing benefits.

We drive to the mountain village of Ramni to visit Yiannis Matsamakis, the local cheese maker. We watch Yiannis on duty, making his “graviera”, the most typical Cretan cheese from sheep’s milk. We discuss about the cheese making procedure and we taste different kind of cheeses: graviera, anthotyros (from sheep’s milk as well, the less fatty cheese in Crete), myzithra (fresh cheese from goat’s milk). This brings us to the necessary first raki of the day! (Available : 01/11 to 14/06)

We start from the local Olive Oil factory where the specialist will demonstrate the olive oil production process. The taste of pure local oil is followed by the explanation of the secrets of Cretan virgin olive oil. Question will be answered such as: what virgin olive oil means? How the villages and families cultivate and produce their own olive oil? Why olive oil? Why the Cretan olive oil is better than the Spanish and Italian one? (Available : 15/06 to 30/10)

Then we drive to the 14th century Byzantine church of St. Nicolas in the heart of a ravine, with the amazing frescos and the rare architecture! It is an exclusive visit! The church will open only for us!
 
Then we drive to the small village of Hiliomoudou, to visit Vasilis Manatakis, the last person in Apokoronas, who makes sheep and goat bells. We watch Vasillis working and we learn how to recognize the difference between the sound of sheep and goat bells! It’s time for the second raki!
 
We continue to “Lemonia” tavern (which means “The lemon tree”), in other words Leonidas Rethemiotakis’ place. We visit the authentic, old olive-press, the last one left nowadays in Apokoronas, where Leonidas still produces his bio olive oil! We see his wild goats known worldwide as “kri-kri” (a unique chance, because these animals are rarely seen) and we have our meal at his tavern, cooked by his wife.
 

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