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Notes from the field – Crete

  Crete is Greece’s largest island and a tapestry of unfolding countryside, stunning beaches, and ancient archaeological sites meaning it has something to offer everyone. Rosanna, our travel expert, recently travelled to the island and shares with us her personal highlights. Details of your favourite properties and

Highlights of Western Crete

If Greek hospitality is famous the world over, then Crete is considered the place where the welcome to visitors is the warmest of all. The largest and most southern of the Greek islands, Crete’s size means that beyond its beaches (of which there are many) there’s a

No Frills or Travelling in Style?

Back in 1994 when I joined GIC The Villa Collection, or Greek Islands Club as it was known then, we prided ourselves on offering an upgraded flight service. At a time when check-in desks, seat allocation, on board meal service and a baggage allowance was the norm,

Diving in Apokoronos

Today my husband and 10 year old son son had their first introduction to the underwaters of Apokoronos in Crete!  Last week they went for the introductory dive at the swimming pool of the Almirida Beach Hotel in Almirida, held free of charge, every week at 11am. 

Cheese and Bread making in Crete

The thing about local produce is that it’s absolutely seasonal – how food should be! During May, before the goats are taken to pasture, and in October, after they return, are the only times when it is possible to watch the production of Cretan Graviera cheese. I

Cook with the locals in Crete

One of the best reasons for visiting Greece is the wide variety of tasty dishes available in traditional tavernas – and the next step is to learn how to prepare and cook those delicious local ingredients. Koula is an excellent cook, currently writing her second cookery book,

Traditional Greece meets the world…..

For the last 50 years the small Ionian island of Lefkas has been promoting the message of peace, friendship and brotherhood among nations through music and dance. For one music-filled week in August the island’s activities are centred on the tiny capital of the island where the

Carnival in Greece

Despite the media attention on recent activities in Athens, little or no mention has been made of Carnival Week celebrated over the past seven days throughout Greece. Apokreas is the three week long celebration that runs up to the beginning of Lent. In some areas it is

A week in North-West Crete

When I think of the Greek islands I wonder how to capture their magical essence in the written form.  It must be the combination of clear blue skies, bright sunlight, the surge of heat, the fragrant smell of olive trees and the wonderful aroma of Greek food

Villa or Hotel: which is best?

For those looking to have a break in the Mediterranean sun the choices are never as simple as they could be. Which destination? Where should we fly to/from? How many nights? What are we going to eat? And perhaps the biggest question of all: where are we