So you've booked your holiday in Crete and you want to do something a little different? Or maybe you visit the island of Crete year after year and want to explore something new? Do you want to immerse yourself into the culture of Crete? Well our guide to alternative trips, activities and days out on the island of Crete, Greece might help to find something to do that's alternative to the well know tourist hot spots.
Crete is Greece's largest island and has a heritage, culture and atmosphere all of it's own. Cretans are some of the most warm, friendly and welcoming people you'll ever have the fortune to spend time with, and their home at 160 miles or 260 kms in length offers a wide range of activities, history and things to do. There's something for everyone to get excited about on the island of Crete and most who visit this Mediterranean paradise will take a trip to the famous Palace of Knossos or maybe a walk round the pretty Venetian harbour of Chania, but beyond the beaten track there's so much more to explore and do. So here's our guide to taking in something a little different whilst on the island of Crete. We hope it inspires you to explore a little deeper into the island's culture, people and breath taking landscape.
Visit to a Cretan Winery: Lyrarakis Wines
For thousands of years wine has been produced on the island of Crete and for almost all who visit the island the local wine is a wonderful discovery. There is a thriving wine producing industry in Crete where the grapes grow in a unique manner that has made their taste sought after the world over. At Lyrarakis Wines for more that 30 years a local family have used the Cretan indigenous species of grapes along with those centuries of local wine making culture to encapsulate the very best in Cretan wine production.
The Lyrarakis Winery is set in stunning countryside close to the traditional village of Alagni and was founded with the passion for local produce and Cretan wine making heritage at it's heart. A 30 minute drive south from Crete's capital Heraklion the stunning Dikti mountains to the vineyards East making for a breath taking backdrop to an idyllic & authentic Cretan setting.
The Lyrarakis family's winery is credited for reviving 3 Cretan species of grapes indigenous to the island (Plyto, Dafni and Melissaki) and has harnessed this local produce to make wines that are sold both in Crete and throughout the world.
And in this stunning setting the Lyrarakis family have thrown open the doors of their beautiful winery to afford us all the chance to visit, immerse ourselves in the thriving local wine producing landscape and culture whilst tasting some of the best wines produced in Crete.
A visit to Lyrarakis wines can form 2 types of visit:
Wine Tasting: With a tour of their beautiful vineyard, a wine cellar tour and a walk around the vine museum a wine tasting visit can then be tailored to experience the wines you'd rather explore along with you preference of accompanying foods. Date and time slots can be booked from April until October and throughout the rest of the year by appointment. A tasting visit is approximately 2 hours long and children are welcome (obviously not wine tasting!). Group visits can be organised by contacting the winery directly.
Vineyard Picnic Experience: If you want to take your visit to another level then why not experience one of their delicious vineyard picnics? The whole family are welcome and you can pick the foods of your choice and the wines you'd prefer to enjoy then make use of the numerous stunning spots around the vineyard that provide a comfortable and stunning setting to take in the Cretan countryside in this beautiful setting whilst you enjoy some of the best wines the island has to offer.
Lyrarakis Wines have encapsulated the history, culture and heritage of Cretan wine making and their visit packages offer the chance to enjoy a slice of the very best of Cretan country life. If you love wine and the island of Crete a visit to the Lyrarakis winery should be high on your list of things to do whilst on the island, and with the whole family welcome the children will enjoy exploring the vineyard and tasting some superb local cuisine.
Trips to Lyrarakis Wines are booked up fast in high season so we advise making your booking via their web site HERE well in advance of your trip to