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Choosing the best Cretan Gorge for you

Choosing the best Cretan Gorge for you

To stand in the base of a gorge, looking up over 100m of vertical cliff, sometimes only a couple of metres apart, is an awesome experience.  It brings home the sort of unthinkable forces which must have shaped them.  River in the Samaria gorge The folding of...

Key Elements of the Cretan Diet! – part II

Key Elements of the Cretan Diet! – part II

The Cheeses, the herbs, the grapes... Lets start, not with olive oil – about which we’ve already written a blog (that would be part I!), but with milk.  Sheep and Goats milk.  It’s the basis of the wonderful yoghurt and Graviera, the king of Cretan cheeses....

Walking in the Foothills of the White Mountains

Walking in the Foothills of the White Mountains

Thru the hills to the chapel There are so many lovely walks in the Apokoronas, in the foothills of the White Mountains in western Crete.  They follow dry stream beds winding thru gorges, or amongst the orange groves.  Everywhere in Crete is dotted with white...

Casa Cook Chania – What do you think?

Casa Cook Chania – What do you think?

Under wraps... There’s a new hotel opening just outside Chania the Casa Cook.  We were staying last week at an old family run hotel on the hill above, overlooking the new site where 102 (or 106 depending on which part of their website you look at!) rooms are...

Ten Things to do from Panokosmos!

Ten Things to do from Panokosmos!

Coming to Crete for a holiday can seem like a dream.  Then you begin to look at the guidebooks, see a few articles on the web, look at a Facebook group… and it begins to feel overwhelming.  So here’s a few pointers we give to guests who come to Panokosmos....

Painting with Fruit – Panokosmos Fruit Platters

Painting with Fruit – Panokosmos Fruit Platters

At Panokosmos we serve fruit with every breakfast, usually in the form of a fruit platter.  Over the years these have become a bit of a trademark of ours.   In Crete we get wonderful fruit, changing with the seasons. There are always apples and pears,...

Cretan olive oil: how to tell its the best!

Cretan olive oil: how to tell its the best!

From November thru January, nearly every Cretan will be out in their olive groves, harvesting olives! Its a common sight to come round a corner and find nets spread out over the road to catch the olives.  And there’s the very distinctive noise of the rotary...

Chania Fruit and Vegetable Market

Chania Fruit and Vegetable Market

We’ve got into a routine of going to a street market in Chania, to buy all our fruit and veg, yoghurt and cheeses.  Its on a Monday in a narrow street, just up from Elefteria Square. Its a real experience, and we’ve got to know some of the stall holders, and...

Red Rain at Panokosmos

Red Rain at Panokosmos

There’s been a bit of a gap in the blogging, not for want of things to say, just time to say them!  We’ve been back to Northern Europe for a month – lots of snow in Hamburg, and very cold.  Here we’ve had some dramatic weather – 140km/h wind gusts recorded,...

Cretan Wines at the Chania Wine Fair

Cretan Wines at the Chania Wine Fair

We always look forward to the wine fair in Chania.  If you think of Greek wines, this may conjure up carefree student backpacking holidays, dreadful hangovers.  That white wine with the curious reminder of pine disinfectant.  But Greek and Cretan...

Cheap Flights to Crete:  Ten tips to the best deals

Cheap Flights to Crete: Ten tips to the best deals

1. Book early if you want the best prices.  Get on the budget airlines newsletter distribution, at least Ryanair and Easyjet from UK – this will give you early warning of the new summer schedules, as well as special offers.  Routes to Crete for the summer...

Panokosmos Renaissance!

Panokosmos Renaissance!

A lot has happened in the two and a half years since the Red Rain!  We’ve established our holiday business here in Crete and seen around forty parties of guests.  They’ve come from all over the world – from New Zealand to Canada, Spain to Romania. We’ve...

Into the New Year

Its 2013, just, and we are revived from a few days off. Windbreak - first trees!When the weather has allowed, we've been busy in the garden.  We've planted 3m cypresses, pine trees and ficus in an embankment of rocks at the North edge of the plot which we had...

Our Aims, in this Blog! And About Panokosmos

What we aim to do in this blog is to give a feel about what its like to live in Crete; to tell you a bit about what's happening around us, as it affects us; and to keep you up to date with Panokosmos so that you want to come and visit us!So, what is Panokosmos - well...