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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 21 GREECE Wine and olive country. Looking east from Vathypetro, with the Krousaniotika mountains and Psiloritis in the background. Lefteris Chatzipapas, manager, and Anna Petromichelaki, founder and owner, of Kalimera Archanes Village. Right: Entrance to the Village’s walled garden. Local musicians practice rembetika in Kafenion Ploumi, Archanes, built in 1819. PHOTOS: MIKE SWEET Zefyros Villa in Kalimera Archanes Village. PHOTO SUPPLIED Lefteris' advice presents a unique chance to gain an intimate experience of the history and culture of the area. He can even organise a day of grapepicking with the locals if you want to turn your stay into a working holiday! Each morning a breakfast of delicious home-made delicacies is brought to your villa to set you up for the day; whether its a climb of Mount Giouchtas, a trip to Knossos, or a visit to one of the nearby wineries. Kalimera Archanes Village was one of the first properties invited to become a member of the Yades Greek Historic Hotels Group, whose mission is to celebrate Greece's cultural heritage by uniting hotels of exceptional historical significance. Like the other 18 properties in the Yades Collection across the Greek mainland and islands Kalimera's ethos is about giving its guests exceptional accommodation and a deep insight into the traditions and culture of the local community. Characteristic of Archanes, says Lefteris, is the community's natural generosity. "It's the people that make this place different," he says. "It's the life we have here, the hospitality you'll meet. If you pass by a house and smell something nice cooking, they'll say 'come in, join us, taste it!'" Open all year round, the cosy twostorey villas at Kalimera Archanes Village offer one, two and threebedroom options, all with living rooms and well-equipped kitchens. Ideal for couples, families and group bookings, if you're looking for a place to blend seamlessly with the community that surrounds you, Kalimera makes an ideal base. RESTAURANT PICK - KRITAMO Dimitris Mavrakis offers some of the best food in town at this taverna just off the main square. Offering fresh, local ingredients, (try the succulent local lamb pedakia), the internationally-trained Dimitris has carved out a well-deserved repuation for fine Cretan cuisine. AROUND ARCHANES Knossos The big one. A 10-kilometre drive takes you to Crete's most famous historical attraction. If you want to beat the crowds (and the heat), plan to arrive before 10.00 am and allow a few hours to explore this iconic Bronze Age site, the ceremonial and political centre of the legendary Minoan civilisation. Guided tours (which give much needed interpretation) leave from near the ticket booth. Tip: Bring a picnic or take a late lunch in the nearby wine country; the onsite touristy tavernas at Knossos are mediocre. Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis Writer, philosopher, politician and traveller, Nikos Kazantzakis (18831957) was born in Heraklion. In the village of Mytria (six kilometres from Archanes), this creatively imagined museum pays tribute to an icon of modern Greek literature. With its collection of his manu- scripts, samples of his correspondence, personal effects and rare photographs, the museum has become a site of worldwide pilgrimage. Houdetsi Nine kilometres south of Archanes, Houdetsi is home to the fascinating Labyrinth Musical Workshop established by world-famous longtime-Cretan resident lyra player Ross Daly. Daly's Musical Workshop has become a globally recognised educational centre for traditional Cretan folk music and other world music forms and is a museum for the collection, preservation and promotion of traditional musical instruments from around the world. Also at Houdetsi, Rhous Winery is the 50-hectare estate of the Tamiolakis family. Producing 50,000 bottles a year of some of the finest organic wine in Crete, the grapes are nurtured in the local calciumrich clay soil. Grape varieties used include the traditional red varieties of the Peza region - Kotsifali and Mandilari. Whites from the Vilana grape, the most popular in the region, also feature. The winery is open year-round for tastings and sales. MOUNT GIOUCHTAS Fancy a stiff mountain walk before lunch? Five kilometres west of the town, Mount Giouchtas (summit 811m), has spectacular views and a wealth of historic sites. On its north side are the remains of one of the most important Minoan peak sanctuaries, built around 2100 BC and believed to be the summer palace of Knossos. According to mythology Zeus was buried here. GETTING THERE Aegean Airlines operates four services daily to Heraklion from Athens. Michael Sweet was a guest of Kalimera Village Archanes and travelled to Heraklion from Athens with the assistance of Aegean Airlines.
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