Δευτέρα 11 Μαρτίου 2013

One of the most famous Carnival in Greece, Rethymno Crete!!!


One hundred years have passed since the first Rethymno Carnival in Crete, Greece. The Carnival will once again open the tourist season on the Greek island, which means one more reason for the municipality of Rethymno to celebrate. - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/02/05/crete-rethymno-carnival-brings-thousands-of-tourists/#sthash.KE8RVpLe.dpuf
One hundred years have passed since the first Rethymno Carnival in Crete, Greece. The Carnival will once again open the tourist season on the Greek island, which means one more reason for the municipality of Rethymno to celebrate. - See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/02/05/crete-rethymno-carnival-brings-thousands-of-tourists/#sthash.cdKbC4Ai.dpuf
  Since 1914 beautiful Renaissance Rethymnon has been celebrating the carnival with its many humoristic events. A carnival of another era leaving behind its nostalgic aroma of romantic balls and the Rethymnians through laughter and their comical antics paying their tribute to "His Excellence, The King of the Carnival."
The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of 'teams' in 1990, which would give birth once again to this age-old tradition.
 In 1993, the Municipality of Rethymnon decided to help fund this popular event and requested the teams to take on the challenging task of creating and organising the Carnival of Rethymnon, which has become the most popular and famous Carnival of Crete!!!!
 (The city is collaborating with several travel agencies of the municipality in order to offer good, cheap travel packages throughout the tourist season of the Carnival)

Πέμπτη 14 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Special Offers for traditional Easter in Crete!!!

People who think about visiting Crete often ask: When is the best time to visit Crete?
There are many answers to this question, but for people who want a unique experience of the real life in Crete and Greece, I would suggest them to choose the week of the Greek Orthodox Easter....


Season 2013
Non-refundable  Rates  for  Low Season -15%


Free sun beds loungers and umbrellas on the beach!!

Stay with us and rent toyota aygo with 165 euros a week for the period from 22 March to 31 May.
Contact us.

Δευτέρα 28 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Crete... #2 Best Honeymoon Destination in Europe!!

If there was one word to describe the Greek island of Crete, it would be "diverse." Sandy beaches hide amongst soaring mountains, palm-tree forests grow in the middle of sprawling plains, bustling modern cities share coastline with ancient ruins. And speaking of cities -- in Crete they reflect the people that came before; the streets are lined with architecture mirroring the styles of the Minoans, the Venetians, the Ottomans as well as contemporary Greeks. Despite the visible contrasts, this island maintains a sense of unity felt whenever you step onto the street, dine at a local taverna or enjoy a glass of raki at a sidewalk café.

Photos - Plakias Suites Wedding

This Greek island is the very definition of paradise. Crete offers couples a diversity of experiences, from outdoorsy to leisurely. Just take a look...

Crete is Ranked...

 #2 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in Europe 
 #3 in Best Honeymoon Destinations 
 #4 in Best Romantic European Getaways 
 #6 in Best Affordable European Honeymoon Destinations 
 (Source: US News Travel,Plakiassuites) 

Τρίτη 22 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Photo of the day: Sunset over Plakias beach!!

Plakias is a small resort, fishing village on the Southwest of Crete, Greece and produces glorious sunsets, like this!!!


Πέμπτη 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

The Olive Tree: worldwide symbol of peace...

The olive tree is known since ancient times, and probably comes from the eastern Mediterranean. According to ancient Greek tradition, home of the olive is Athens and the first olive tree planted by Athena on the Acropolis!!
The Greeks were the first people who cultivated the olive tree in the European Mediterranean area.

 The olive tree deeply rooted around the Mediterranean has dominated the landscape for thousands of years, brightening the area with its characteristic unrivalled grey-green color, inspiring artists from antiquity to the present day. Its branches and leaves, scenes from the gathering of its fruit, have decorated uniquely works of art such as ancient amphorae. They have been imprinted on the walls of ancient palaces, and were also the subject of famous paintings and engravings of earlier Greek and foreign artists.

The olive oil offers an everyday healthy and full of flavor food. Studies taken place in seven countries, revealed that Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, poor in meats and with olive oil as the only source of fat, is a factor of health and longevity!!

Late autumn, the harvest begins.. In the old times, the harvest of the olives was done manually, while since the early 20th century sticks started to be used, with which they hit the olive tree branches and shake the olives down on pieces of fabric laid on the ground.

The production of olive oil, one of the most difficult processes in the whole history of technology, consists of three stages:
·         the milling (pulping) of the olives
·         the pressing of the olive pulp for the extraction of olive oil
·         and the filtering of olive oil from water and solid residues.

See how produced olive oil in Mirthios Rethymno Crete Greece:

Τρίτη 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Drinks to lift your spirit...

Want to restore your balance, boost your spirits, experience sweetness on a cold winter night, or try a liquid that runs through godly veins alone? Well, then, try one of the Greek ways of doing so.

An excellent sweet tasting spirit. Made by a combination of raki or tsipouro with honey and several spices, such as cinnamon, cardamon, clove or other regional herbs, it is mainly consumed during winter as a warm drink.
Rakomelo can be found as a bottled mixed drink in liquor stores, ready to be warmed and served. However, anyone can make rakomelo, following this recipe: for every one shot of raki, use one teaspoon of honey, along with one clove and about one teaspoon of cinnamon. Modify dosage to suit different tastes – more than one teaspoon of honey adds to sweetness. Warm the mixture in a pot and “stin ygeia sas!” (cheers).
tsipouro © kerasma.grWinters in Greece may be mild, but there’s always the need to warm up – sitting next to a big fire or keeping warm inside with the help of the ‘master’ spirit tsipouro, tsikoudia, or raki.
Produced mainly in Macedonia, Thrace, Epirus, Thessaly, and Crete, it is nevertheless found all over Greece and the pairing with food and especially various hors d’oeuvres (mezedes) is a tradition that every Greek maintains with reverence.
Wine based liquer
It was probably only a matter of time before at least one Greek liqueur producer searched ancient recipes for unusual quaffs. It was only a matter of time, too, before someone would want to take a turn making the mythic ancient nectar, the quaff exclusive to the gods and seminal ingredient in the ethereal ichor, a liquid that ran through godly veins alone.
Homer compares nectar to red wine and Plato implores his symposiasts to “get drunk on nectar.” Nectar bestowed immortality and so was forbidden to man.
That recipe inspired at least one producer to make a contemporary nectar called Evoi Vakhoi, which is produced with aged Nemea red wine, honey and rose essence. The drink resembles wine more than liqueur and has lovely tannins and distinct cherry-honey aftertaste. It pairs marvelously with blue cheeses, chocolate, and dried fruit.
tentura © kerasma.grA famous Patras’ liquer, which the old citizens used to call “moshovolithra,” meaning something fragrant, due to its intense aroma.
It has always been savored as a digestive. To produce Tendoura, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citron and mandarin peels are extracted into alcohol. After a few weeks the alcohol is filtered, caramel syrup is added, then the mixture is diluted with water. It is set aside to settle for about two months. Tendoura has a deep brown color and an explosive aroma and taste. Its beautiful, dense texture is reminiscent of sweet Greek syrup scented with spices and citrus fruits. It is savored cold, with crushed ice, diluted with a dash of cream. It is also a great flavoring for coffee.

drinks herbs © kerasma.gr
Since antiquity, Greeks were using aromatic plants for their healing attributes and for their nutritional value. Legend has it that Mount Olympus, where the Greek gods lived, was covered with a canopy of flowers and herbs that were of service to the gods, as well as to living mortals.
Hippocrates, the Greek physician and “father of medicine”, recorded the use of about 400 herbs to heal illness. Since almost 200 different chemical elements are contained in each of the aromatic plants, the combinations can only result in the most powerful natural stimulant ever.
The Greek and international industry are using the aromatic plants for the production of cosmetics, medicines and foods. Greeks throughout the country enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a variety of herbs: Chamomile, lime, sage, mountain tea, mint, spearmint, thyme, fennel, aniseed, St John’s wort, lavender and oregano All these herbs used to and still exist in the modern home. Why not yours, too?
(From: visit Greece )

Παρασκευή 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

Merry Christmas!!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Eleni & Giorgos

Plakias Suites,
Plakias- Rethymno,
Crete 74 060
Tel: +30 28320 31680
Mob: +30 6975811559 (Eleni Fokea)
Fax: +30 28320 31684
website :    http://www.plakiassuites.com/