THE GARDEN AND THE RESTAURANT ARE OPEN - Food served till 6pm
Admission: Adults 6€ - Ages 6 to 12 4€ - Ages 6 and less, free (with parents).
Last entrance two hours before sunset.

Blog

green-key

Blog

Wine

krasi

The Cretan vineyard is an extremely important chapter in Greek wine production. The special climate conditions, the unique varieties one cannot encounter elsewhere and the millennia of tradition, allow Crete to claim the spot it deserves! Geographical Indications for the wines of Crete: PDO Siteia & Malvasia Siteias – Lasithi PDO Peza – Herakleion PDO … Continued

Olive Oil

elaiolado

  The quality of the Cretan olive oil, the “gold” of the Cretan land, as it has been characteristically named, is widely known throughout the world. It is a natural product that comes from the simple crushing of the olive, without extracts and enhancing additives. It is a product cultivated with care and passion. Cretan … Continued

Honey

Perhaps the best and most delicious honey in Greece is the thyme honey of Crete that is worth tasting! The fine thyme honey is collected from traditional hives in natural thyme habitats, mainly in the White Mountains. In the Cretan Madares, the wild Cretan thyme, a unique aromatic plant, is a permanent “resident”, with bees … Continued

Tropical Plants in Crete

Tropical and subtropical crops in Crete are a risk for every producer; however, they open new roads, especially if one connects these plants with tourism. The avocado holds the scepter of these crops, since it seems that it has found its home in Chania. However, interest in other crops is growing. Guava, mango, passion fruit … Continued

Predator Birds in Crete

Six species of predator birds are found in Crete, according to the Hellenic Ornithological Society. Gypaetus (Gypaetus Barbatus) Common Name: Kokkalas It is the bird with the largest wingspan in Europe (270 cm) and body length ranging between 102 and 114 cm. Distinctive features of the adult include the off-white head and chest, square wings, … Continued

Citrus Trees

A walk in the plain of Chania – Platanias can convince anyone that Crete can produce everything and be self-sufficient. Citrus and avocados are some typical products of the plain, with the shift to this particular crop being almost universal. And yet… oranges are the ones that have marked the childhood years of every citizen … Continued

Cretan Herbs and Tea

Cretan Dittany Cretan dittany (Origanum dictamnus) is an endemic plant found in Crete and is consumed as beverage. Its name comes from Mount Dikti (on the mountains of Lasithi), where it used to abound. Its leaves are furry and have a grey-green color. In Minoan Crete and Ancient Greece, it was one of the greatest … Continued

Biodiversity of Crete

Crete is in and of itself a very unique place in a variety of ways. A very special one of them is its biodiversity. Studies show that there are over 1.800 species of plants in Crete, even much more than England. Crete is an island-example for the preservation of our natural inheritance and the protection … Continued

Endemic plants of Crete

Flowers

Endemism in Crete reaches a percentage that varies from 10 to 50% of species, with the low percentage constantly increasing from year to year. What does endemism mean, however? It means that there are exclusively specific organisms in a certain area, which implies a greater responsibility for their maintenance. In absolute numbers, one can find … Continued

Geographical position of Crete

The geographical position of Crete in the Mediterranean is such that it can be described as strategic. Serving as a crossroads between three continents, besides its huge geopolitical importance that it holds, Crete’s position is also associated with the development of its climate and thus with its biodiversity (flora and fauna). A place of intense … Continued

espa logo