Cretan Bounty - Visit Greece/Food and Travel
An advertorial commissioned by Visit Greece to promote Crete's food scene and the agro-tourism offered in its rural villages. I included all of the information they requested and presented it in our house style with plenty of my own research so that it read like a native article. Get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
While the Venetian architecture in the cities is not to be missed, the true spirit of the island is at its most tangible in its country villages and remote hamlets. Take Archanes at the foot of Mount Juktas, for example. Traditional houses have been lovingly restored, and as you wander the peaceful back streets and look at medieval icons in silent Byzantine-era churches, it’s hard to believe you’re just 14km from Heraklion, the capital city.
For utter solitude, head east to Lasithi, home to the Selakano basin. Rare bone-eating vultures soar above a fragrant canopy of pine and maple trees. At Pezoulia Traditional Houses pezoulia.gr cosy fireplaces and roughly hewn furniture contrast with a sleek infinity pool. This family run hideaway is nestled on the edge of the forest, making it a perfect base for hiking and exploring the dramatic gorges in the Dikti Mountains.
It doesn’t get much more atmospheric than Milia Mountain Retreat milia.gr a gloriously remote eco hotel in a 17th-century village near elos. electricity is restricted to the bare necessities, and is supplemented by flickering oil lamps, heating is provided by stone
fireplaces and taps run with pure spring water.