Culture & Spring Flowers of Crete - Thematic Weeks

Culture & Spring Flowers of Crete

Crete was isolated from the mainland 5 million years ago. This, combined with the dramatic terrain of the island has resulted in a wealth of species.

25th April to 2nd May, 2017

Crete was isolated from the mainland 5 million years ago. This, combined with the dramatic terrain of the island has resulted in a wealth of species.

The flora of Crete is one of the most interesting and significant in Europe and has over 1,700 different plant species. More than 170 of these are endemic and 38 are found in Crete and the nearby island of Karpathos and nowhere else on earth. Although the flora is considered to be one of the best studied in the Mediterranean, the categories of plant species changes steadily due to the impenetrable mountain areas and gorges that have yet to be explored.

As far as Crete's endemics are concerned, around 56% of them grow in the Lefka Ori mountain range (White Mountains) and 16% can be found only in this area. Many of the rare and endemic plants grow in the beautiful gorges in the southern part of Chania.

Some plants in the Chania prefecture are highly endangered and currently two species are recorded in the catalogue of the 50 most threatened Mediterranean island plants. These are protected by plant micro-reserves with part funding by the EU.

During your stay at the Mistral Hotel, we will show you a variety of plants but we will also allow time to relax and have fun, taste some wonderful Cretan food and enjoy Spring, nature's most important feast: the "rebirth of life".

Spring Flowers of Crete

Typical Itinerary

Wednesday

We begin the week with orange picking from the vast inland groves, then on to a spot of nature watching at Agia Lake with time to relax with a coffee and enjoy the stunning views of the White Mountains. From here we visit the Botanical Gardens of Crete to discover hundreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs, flowers, medicinal and ornamental plants in this uniquely landscaped park at the foot of the White Mountains.  Our lunch will be taken overlooking the valleys of olive and orange groves.

Thursday

Today we travel east to the Apokoronas area of Chania where we will have a tour of the Dourakis Winery. Located 330m above sea level each vineyard has its own microclimate, unique soil quality, and grape variety all of which produces wine of distinctive quality and character.  We shall enjoy the local cuisine and in house wines over lunch. 

Friday

A little bit of everything today begins with a one and a half hour walk to the retreat of Milia in the foothills of the White Mountains.  Milia is an authentic 17th century settlement which has been transformed into an eco-friendly tourist complex in a location boasting exceptional rugged beauty.  Placed among plane trees, chestnut trees and mountain tops the area overwhelms visitors with its unique diversity.  Here we enjoy lunch made from locally grown seasonal produce and made using traditional cooking techniques.

Saturday

Time to relax at the Mistral Hotel and join our host Vassilis in sharing his passion for Cretan food and drink at a wine tasting lunch.  We shall sample Cretan cuisine and a selection of Cretan and Greek wines.  Before lunch, we head into the kitchen for a cooking demonstration where you will learn how to make some traditional Cretan recipes.

Sunday

Free day!  There is no dinner at the Hotel today so, why not join Vassilis or Adonis for a sumptuous meal at an award winning taverna situated on the historic Venetian Harbour in Chania (not included).

Monday

On our last day we will visit Biolea, a family-owned company specialising in the artisan production of olive oil using millstones and presses.  From here, we drive on to the beautiful gorge of Deliana to see the stunning rock faces, endemic plant life and varied bird life.  Lunch will be at a traditional taverna in the village of Deliana.

Spring Flowers of Crete

 

  Dates Standard room
7 nights
Deluxe room
7 nights
Culture & Spring Flowers 25th April - 2nd May 1114€ 1216€

Prices include transfers from/to Chania airport (not unsociable hours), seven continental style buffet breakfasts, six four-course dinners with wine and coffee and five lunches.

All excursions, walks, guiding and transportation costs are included.

All repeat guests will receive a 5% loyalty discount. The prices quoted do not include flights and travel insurance.

Spring Flowers of Crete

Written by MSC Friday, 29 January 2016



 

Dates & Prices

2017 dates and prices are now available - see the Online Booking facility for further information and to check availability.

Contact us on info@singlesincrete.com to secure your 2017 summer holiday and join in the celebrations. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Contact Us

Vassilis Gialamarakis - Mistral Hotel
Maleme Chania 73100,
Crete, Greece
Tel: 0030 28210 62062
Email: info@singlesincrete.com
Tel: 0203 318 3532 (Crete direct at UK National rates)

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