Σάββατο 20 Απριλίου 2013

On Easter Sunday a gastronomic marathon takes place...

A gastronomic marathon for “tough” competitors and food-party animals brings the 40-day period of fasting to an end. It all starts when people return home from the midnight Resurrection Mass and have the traditional “mayirítsa”, a delicious lemon meat soup made with lamb offal and flavoured with fresh lettuce and dill. Spiced bread, fresh cheese and traditional boiled red eggs complete the event. The eggs are used for a special game this time of year. One player hits the bottom of the other player’s egg with the top of his own. Whichever egg loses, i.e. gets broken, is eaten.
When Greeks talk about Easter they are referring to the whole holiday period, but it is on the actual day of Easter (Easter Sunday) that the partying takes place. At the crack of dawn a lamb or a goat, the superstar of the Easter meal, begins to roast on the barbecues of Greece, some of which are improvised affairs constructed over holes dug in the ground.
Easter gastronomy
In Central Greece they opt for lamb, whereas on the islands they prefer goat stuffed with spices, rice and chopped entrails. Some skill is required to cook some of the dishes and it is usually the experienced ones who will prepare the “kokorétsi”, a dish made with lamb’s entrails wrapped around a spit with its bowel, and the “spleenántero”, i.e. lamb’s bowel stuffed with its spleen. While the meat is cooking, housewives take fresh, unsalted cheese out of its cheesecloth and everyone starts nibbling away at finger food, salads and appetisers, such as the famous Greek dish “tzatziki”.
Now is the time for all the neighbours to prove themselves as accomplished amateur winemakers. Remember that “retsina”, although widely consumed in Greece, is not generally regarded as a particularly classy wine. But there is more to come to make your mouth water and give your eyes a feast when dessert is served: Easter plaited cookies and “tsouréki”, a kind of brioche with a red egg in the middle, are sure to enchant everybody with their sweet aroma. Delicious honey pies made of honey, eggs and mizithra cheese (a traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese), and sweet cheese tartlets round off the gastronomic orgy.
Join us for music at full blast, folk dancing, red-egg games and an unforgettable food experience!

source: Visit Greece, Plakiassuites

Τετάρτη 3 Απριλίου 2013

"Gracias, Grecia" / "Thank you Greece"

Καθηγητές και μαθητές, «από το τεχνικό λύκειο μιας ταπεινής γειτονιάς της Μούρθια», εξέφρασαν τις ευχαριστίες τους στον ελληνικό πολιτισμό για την προσφορά του....

Παρασκευή 29 Μαρτίου 2013

HORSEBACK RIDING IN CRETE FOR AMAZING HOLIDAYS


We invite you to enjoy peaceful horse and pony riding amongst the small hills and olive groves as well as the beautiful beaches of Plakias, in the south coast of Crete for unforgettable riding holidays!!
The stables are located in Damnoni, Plakias in an six-hectare area, just 30 Km (25 min driving time) away from the city of Rethimnon, Crete. 


RIDING TOURS
All the riding tours on the beaches of Plakias, the olive groves, or the surrounding mountains are amazing and very picturesque. The scenery with it's beautiful flora and fauna is very enjoyable to take at an easy pace, but also suitable for active riding.
Our guests can select one or more of the following riding tours:
  • DAMNONI-AMOUDI BEACH RIDE:This ride takes our guests over an amazing path near the sea including the amazing sandy beaches of Damnoni and Amoudi.
  • PLAKIAS BEACH RIDE:On this ride our guests enjoy the horse riding through the beautiful countryside of Plakias, with the olive and orange groves, over several hills and the sandy beach of Plakias.
  • PANORAMA RIDE: This ride takes our guests into the mountains arround Plakias, following the meandering "Avlaka". Avlakas is a waterchannel which provides all the fields of the area with water starting from the springs of the "Kourtaliotis" River in the mountains.
  • EAST MOUNTAIN RIDE: This ride also follows the "Avlaka", but this time in the other direction. We go over hills and through valleys rich with Crete's flora and fauna. 
  • Stables also have a min-izoo with a great variety of wild and domestic animals, like turtles, ducks, chicken, rabbits, goats and sheep, deer, peacocks, donkeys and mini Shetlanders. We also have a few kri-kri's, the Cretan wild goats!! 
  • Contact Us for more information and offers






Πέμπτη 21 Μαρτίου 2013

Plakias: A paradise You Mustn’t Keep Waiting….



For some strange reason, up until recently Plakias had not enjoyed the wide tourist turnout that other travel destinations in Southwest of Crete, like big cities.
  It was a hidden secret for a select group of initiated travelers who would come to enjoy nature’s majestic beauty and the locals’ genuine hospitality far from the crowds of noisy tourists.
But the secret got out……..
And now it’s time that the rest of us discover the untamed beauty of Plakias!!

























Δευτέρα 11 Μαρτίου 2013

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


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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)