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FAQ

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FAQ

Below is shown a list of the most commonly asked questions about our Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete. For more information or inquiries, feel free to contact us at any time.

About our parks and gardens in Crete

1 – Where the park is located?

Our Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete is located in Chania, 18 km away from the city center, on the foothills of the white mountains, and just 50 minutes away from Chania town.

2-  Are there any villages and taverns nearby?

Many picturesque villages of Chania are in close distance,  with taverns and shops ready to accommodate you. Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete Restaurant is also operating to serve you with fresh Cretan delicacies straight from our gardens.

3- How long will it take to stroll around the park?

Our Botanical Park can be toured easily in 2 – 2.5 hours. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are also welcome, as our trail is easy and well maintained. Our trail is characterized as an experiential walk and is not a hike. This means that running on the paths is prohibited. Approximately 1200 meters have descent, and 1200 meters are ascending.

4- When and how did you start this park in Crete full of trees and Botanical elements?

Our park in Crete started in 2003 and we are constantly evolving and advancing year after year! A catastrophic fire was the reason. 

5- With which side quests shall I combine the visit to the Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete? 

Many of our visitors visit our Botanical Gardens in combination with a stopover to the Omalos Plateau area, to the Manousakis Winery, as well as hiking into the “Meskla” area and Kidoni Gorge. Many picturesque villages can be also found along the way, such as Skines, Fournes, Karanou, and Vatolakkos. The Samaria Gorge entrance for photographs and sightseeing is also a nice side journey.

6-Is Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete suitable for everyone?

Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete is suitable for everyone. Although elderly, persons with inabilities and overweight persons may find it strenuous. This is due to the fact that our trail is located on a slope and in a circular dizzy pattern.

7-How can I come to the park?

You can visit our park with a car or bus. Buses start from the central bus station  every day at 9:30 and depart at 2:30. There are also many buses that go to Omalos area that can be also taken.

 

Botanical Park and Gardens: Birds and Peacocks
Botanical Park and Gardens: Birds and Peacocks

Before You Visit

1- What is included in the ticket price?

The ticket price includes full access to our park and our gardens in Crete. You will also get a  bottle of water as well as free use of all common areas like restrooms and benches. Parking is also free.

2- Is Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete wheelchair accessible?

Our sloppy trail is not accessible via wheelchair in order to preserve the natural beauty of Crete. However, people with disabilities can access the Restaurant with impeccable views over our gardens! 

3- Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Food and beverages are not allowed.

4- Can I bring my dog to your gardens?

In order to preserve the natural habitat and the free animals that stroll our park and gardens, dogs are not allowed inside our park. However, you can leave them leased on our public areas.

5- Is photography permitted on Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete?

Photography is absolutely permitted and promoted. Our slogan is “Take only photos- Leave only footprints”!

6- Can I take a guided tour of your gardens in Crete?

Guided tours are available upon request.

7- Is smoking permitted in your park?

Smoking is prohibited in all public areas for safety reasons.

8- Is there room to park my car?

Parking is free outside our gardens.

9- Are there any special flowers?

Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete has a vast and increasing collection of endemic flowers and rare flowers from all over the world.

10- Are there any special animals?

Inside our premises, there is a small farm alongside free animals that are being hosted in our gardens. Domestic farm animals, as well as endemic animals found only in Crete, can be admired. Rare animals such as podarcis cretensis, eagles, and vultures can be also found on our premises.

11- What about the facilities on site?

Everything is well organized. Along the path, there are many resting areas and restrooms as well as sightseeing spots. Our Restaurant and our shop lie at the end of our garden’s trail. We have lots of traditional Cretan products. All of them contain pure ingredients and are from local producers in order to sustain our economy.

12- We are a large group visiting. Can we hike in the park?

Large groups and schools are welcome in our park. Please contact us in order to have the best experience. Discounts are available for large groups.

13- Are there any special programs taking place in your park and gardens in Crete?

We are also involved in special educative programs, specially made for adults and aged people. 3 different choices are available to choose from upon request at info@botanical-park.com .

14- I have something special in mind using the Amphitheatre. Can I use it for my event?

Our amphitheater is open to the public and events can be also arranged by contacting us. Its capacity is up to 250 persons.

15- I am a bird lover and wild animal observer.  Are there any birds or wild animals?

There are many wild birds  that can be found on our Gardens, as well as wild animals you may come across during your visit. Our Animal farm  is also located in the middle of our garden’s trail alongside our artificial lake.

16- I don’t have a car. How do I get to the park?

Transportation is easy with frequent bus routes, or taxis that are working around the clock.

17- Are you open all year round?

We open from the beginning of May till the end of November.

18- Which places nearby are worth visiting?

The lake of Agia as well as a series of villages on the White Mountains of Crete are definitely worth taking a look at.

19- Do you serve vegan food in the Restaurant?

Yes. Vegan food is also available in our restaurant and is being made from local products.

20- What is the best season to come for a visit?

During spring there are more flower blossoms in the garden, although we have successfully tried to incorporate plants and flowers from all over the world that blossom all year round.

21- Which farm animals can I admire in the gardens?

Deers, European fallow deer, traditional breeds of donkeys, Cretan Aegagrus as well as traditional breeds of turtles can be found in our park.

22- Which wild fauna can I admire in the Gardens?

Lots of birds and many wild native mammals (like Zourida & Badger) can be found. Our Gardens is a shelter for many other birds and animals too, as hunting is strictly prohibited in the area.

23- Is there any shade in the park?

Yes. More than 60% of our gardens are shaded due to the vast vegetation.

Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete -Butterflies
Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete -Butterflies

Enjoying the Gardens & Amenities

1- Are there any pure Cretan products that I can taste while on-site?

Our restaurant makes dishes with products from our gardens, like citrus fruits. Dairy products and bio – products can also be tasted.

2- Am I allowed to taste the fruits and smell the flowers in the Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete?

We always treat our guests with fruits and vegetables from our gardens on our restaurant/ Cafe. Although, fruit tasting and flower smelling is NOT allowed.  In order to preserve the beauty of our park and the safety of our guests you may “take only photos, and leave only footprints”!

3- Do you comply with COVID-19 standards?

We fully comply with all covid-19 standards and governmental restrictions to assure you a pleasant stay. Hand sanitizers, masks, and social distancing are always present.

4- What will be flourishing during my visit?

A list of all plants and flowers and their seasonal characteristics is ongoing for your convenience.

5- What types of plants do you currently have?

Our Botanical Gardens in Crete have a  unique specialization and is the only Botanical Garden in Europe with such. We have fruit-bearing trees ,  Spices, Pharmaceutical Plants, and herbs. They are in co-existence in open areas and not on greenhouses, all of which are combined with cosmetic flowers. The garden comprises 5 sections: The tropical fruit trees garden/ the fruit-bearing trees garden, The Mediterranean/ spices/ herbs garden, the cherry trees garden, and the citrus- trees garden.

6- Can I pay with a  Credit card?

Yes, All cards are accepted.

7- Can we take some seeds or plants from the gardens?

Not yet, but occasionally and upon request we can supply you with some.

8- What is the best time to stroll the gardens?

Early morning and late afternoon are best, although the most visited time for our gardens is during midday.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete: Home Page
Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete: Home Page