Plakias is 35 kilometres south of Rethymno, on the southern coast of Crete on the Libyan Sea and is a popular tourist resort well-known for its award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach stretching for 1400 metres.
is a top destination for tourists for many reasons, and Marketing
Greece has recently launched a new campaign to show off the islands
greatest assets – from the mountains and ancient Minoan culture, to the
The goal of the campaign is to increase the average monetary spending
of tourists as well an encourage them to see more of the island by
extending their stay.
This is the 4th season of Wanderlust Greece,
and after spending 15 days on the island all of the enchanting and
authentic charm of the Crete revealed the reasons why travelers should
add this Greek island to their list of holiday destinations.
“The trip to Crete has been a real challenge for us as the
destination constitutes a top Greek tourist brand. One of our quests was
to follow the promotion strategy of the Region of Crete, working in a
supportive and fully harmonised way with its central message: The Island
Inside You,” Marketing Greece CEO Ioanna Dreta said.
“Our goal was to create a list of experiences that highlight all
those aspects of the product that make Crete a flagship of Greek
tourism,” Dreta added.
Check out this amazing video that highlights everything from the old
town of Chania to the mountain Mylopotamos, along with local traditions
and customs to the accompaniment of the Cretan lyre!
It’s a common secret among travellers to Crete
that summertime on the island is at least 2 months longer than most
European destinations. Renowned newspapers, in 2014, praised with
various articles the island’s mild climate.
The Telegraph had an
article about autumn tourist destinations where Crete features as a warm
and welcoming place; the same year the Austrian newspaper Kurier published a long praising article on the island describing it as a place where you can enjoy a laid back summer vacation in autumn and get to know local tradition.
The Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail included Crete in the six top European destinations for an autumn holiday,
saying that people who prefer to extend their summer vacation all the
way into October should visit Crete.
One of the island’s biggest assets -
apart from beaches - is the famous Cretan cuisine which you can enjoy all over the place.
The reason for all of the above is quite simple. Crete is located in the southeast part of the European continent and temperature never drops below 20º C from September until November.
The average sunshine totals seven hours. Water temperature
in the south shores washed by the Libyan sea reaches 23º C and the
average air temperature is 26º C.
The atmosphere is limpid most of the
time and the tall mountains are clearly defined against the horizon in
every detail. The summer’s blue sea waters change into new fascinating hues, the autumn winds fill the heretofore clear blue skies with amazing cloud shapes and the fairly limited rainfall is very welcome after the dry season has passed.
remains one of the activities you will definitely enjoy even in late
October. Make a note that at this time of the year you will find that
there are less tourists so you’ll get better holiday deals as prices are down compared to the high season.
While you are on your autumn trip to Crete don’t miss the opportunity to visit the renowned historical sites, monuments and museums.
The season’s mild weather will tempt you to discover inland secrets and the wide variety of flora and fauna, to visit picturesque mountainous villages
as well as those of the lowlands, to follow the hiking trails, go
mountaineering or cross breathtaking ravines such as the well-known Samaria Gorge, Kourtaliotiko Gorge etc.
The end of the summer is the time for agricultural activities such as grape harvesting and sun-drying of the grape berries so as to produce raisins.
Ploughing, sowing, grape pressing, wine and raki making are all activities that take place later in the fall.
This time of year you can follow the traditional agricultural activities: participate in grape harvesting and pressing, go olive picking, watch the procedure of raki making in cauldrons- cauldron feasts,
as it evolves into a traditional celebration, taste local products and
learn about the way they are made in the island’s agritourism farms.
Let’s bear in mind that traditional Cretan cuisine is based on fresh seasonal produce and that makes it all the more tasty not to mention healthier and more nutritious!
Extending the season and tapping into wellness tourism in spring and
fall are key priorities for Crete’s regional authorities who joined German media and tourism professionals on the island that hosted the annual FVW workshop last month.
Germany’s leading trade magazine for tourism and business travel organized its annual meeting on Crete together
with the Region of Crete and with the support of the Greek National
Tourism Organization (GNTO) and the tourism ministry.
Titled “Sustainability. The Path to Longevity – Discovering the Authentic Crete and its Treasures”,
the workshop brought together Germany’s top tour operators, travel
agents and journalists who exchanged views and insight with local sector
Holding the largest share of the tourist market in terms of arrivals
from Germany, and attracting significant investor interest, Crete remains a top choice for German travelers.
Workshop participants explored, among others, the further development
of the Cretan tourist product, which is diverse and capable of
attracting travelers to the island all year round. The workshop’s
program aimed to offer delegates experiential experiences and included
visits to Crete’s traditional sights and cultural spots.
Indicatively, in this direction, Crete’s Commissioner of Tourism, Michalis Vamiedakis referred to a three-pronged strategy – Crete: tourism + culture + products, which includes branding the island’s famed hospitality and lifestyle under the “Live Like a Cretan” motto.
Vamiedakis said the highest number of arrivals to Crete was from the
German market and the tourist season had already been extended by one
Among the options for year-round tourism, workshop delegates
suggested gastronomy and wine tasting tours, interactive activities,
agrotourism, healing and wellness tourism, entertainment, sports and
adventure, conferences, educational and scientific forums, and the
development of city break tourism, mainly in Chania and Rethymno.
In the meantime, according to market analyst Crysostomos Antoniadis representing Trevo Trend, based on booking demands, Greece is ranked third for package holidays behind Spain and Turkey, with the German market marking a 14 percent rise.
He went on to add that in terms of demand: Heraklion was first with 50.91 percent, followed by Rethymno at 20.19 percent, Chania with 16.19 percent, and Lassithi with 12.70 percent.
Based on 64.2 million searches so far, up by 15 percent, interest in
winter holidays is low with June and July, and then May, gathering the
According to German tour operators attending the event, including TUI
Germany, Alltours Flugreisen, FTI Touristik, Ferien Touristik, and LMX
Touristik, it is vital due to the strong demand – 40 percent of their
clients request to visit Crete – to ensure bed capacity and airline
seats. They added that travelers prefer to explore the destination,
opting against all inclusive holiday deals.
Interestingly, according to German travel agents 66 percent of their
customers said they were unaware of alternative Crete options with 22
percent expressing interest in destination sustainability.
By Thanasis Gavos / Published on: 06-11-2018, 17:14 (IBNA)
Greece’s participation with 70 co-exhibitors in this year’s World
Travel Market (WTM) in London is one of the main poles of attraction for
international tourism professionals attending for yet another year.
the Minister for Tourism Elena Kountoura confirmed, the number of
arrivals will have exceeded 32 million by the end of the year, making
2018 another record-breaking year.
though observers have noted that this level of arrivals should have
probably been translated into even more money pouring in, Mrs Kountoura
said that revenue would reach 16.2m euros, in a significant double-digit
year on year increase.
exceeded every expectation. We are rightfully talking about a golden
year for Greek tourism, a year that will be for ever remembered,”
commented the Minister.
The 32m plus
of arrivals include cruise visitors. Cruise and yachting are some of the
sectors where the emphasis of the national tourism strategy will turn
in the coming years, said Mrs Kountoura.
added in the increase in capacity in 4 and 5-star hotels and resorts,
the expansion of internal flight connectivity, the opening up of new
markets such as the Chinese and the Indian ones, the modernisation of
state tourism education and the “digital transformation and innovation”
of Greek tourism.
professionals have at the same time, however, pointed to several
challenges facing the country over the coming years. First is the
recovery of traditionally competitive destinations such as Turkey, Egypt
and Tunisia, with a product which is much cheaper than what Greece
The minister dismissed such
concerns: “What Greece has to offer is so unique that the more
stability, peace, security and balance there is in the region, the more
we will be growing.”
operators at the WTM were lamenting the restricted space they have been
left with as the big international players have all but conquered the
Greek market. “They won’t hold their punches. They demand and they get
the best hotels at the highest of seasons,” one told IBNA.
President of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) Yiannis
Retsos noted that team work has kept Greece in the top-10 destinations
But, he noted,
overtaxation has been hitting tourism professionals hard. “Of course
this applies to all sectors of the Greek economy,” he added. “What I and
SETE are really concerned about right now is the infrastructure. The 32
million of visitors are now testing our public infrastructure every
day: waste disposal management, power and water supplies, sewage
systems, airports, ports. If we want the country to continue being a
protagonist we need to invest and improve.”
This traditional mouthwatering walnut cake is so fluffy and extra
syrupy, scented with cinnamon and clove aromas! Try it out and be amazed
by the unique texture and rich flavor. Serve with vanilla ice cream and
a drizzle of melted chocolate and go over the top!
Serves: 1 medium baking pan Preparation: 25′ Cooks in: 50′ Ready in: 1:15′
For the syrup:
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lemon juiced
1/4 cup cognac
Preheat oven at 180C. Mix sugar and egg yolks using an electric mixer
and at medium-high speed for at least 5 minutes, until really fluffy,
smooth and creamy. Pour in the cognac whilst continue mixing. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a bowl blend semolina flour with powdered Melba toast,
chopped walnut, baking powder, orange zest and all spices with a spoon.
Combine the two mixtures and blend with a silicone spatula, until smooth.
Whisk egg whites into the bowl of the electric mixer, along with a pinch
of salt until mixture is very thick and glossy and a long trailing peak
forms when the whisk is lifted (meringue). Add gradually meringue into
the mixture using a clean spatula and blend with light circular
movements from the bottom up.
Butter the bottom and the sides of a baking tray and bake in the
preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, until fluffy, nicely colored on
the outside and baked through.
Meanwhile prepare the syrup. Add all ingredients for the syrup except
lemon juice and cognac into a pot for about 8 minutes until sugar
dissolves. Add lemon juice and boil for another minute. Remove pot from
heat and stir in cognac. Let cool.
Very slowly ladle the hot syrup all over the cold cake, allowing time
for each ladle of syrup to be absorbed. Let cool completely and serve
ideally with some vanilla ice-cream.