High standard agritourism development
Crete was one of the first areas in Greece that developed agritourism. The island’s remarkable geophysical diversity, its natural resources and its traditions, create a unique mosaic of images that offer a once in a lifetime experience. In the region of Chania the villages of Vamos and Milia are considered to be leaders of agritourism. If you happen to be a nature lover or if you are simply aiming towards a tranquil holiday, then we’ve pinpointed the ideal destination for you!
The traditional village of Vamos (located 25 km from Chania) has managed to become a leading agritourism destination on the Island of Crete and beyond, thanks to its inhabitants’ passion over the past 20 years. In Vamos you’ll get acquainted with Cretan customs and traditions, as they used to be! Meet proud and noble people and experience their unique hospitality. As you find yourself in the village you will not only be a visitor but a friendly guest.
Stay in one of the agritourism lodgings built with wood and stone and drink in the wonderful view of the area. Walk down the old neighborhood and head up the narrow alleys. Admire some well preserved mansions and old buildings such as the old winery, the traditional cafe, and the school for girls, which have been excellently preserved. Make a point in exploring the paths in the olive groves and orchards that surround the village and enjoy walks in wooded ravines and in small or large gorges.
Depending on the season, you’ll find numerous activities offered, which will introduce you to the genuine Cretan tradition; try kneading bread, baking rusks in traditional wood ovens, learn how to make graviera (the greek yellow cheese) and anthotyro (a delicious soft white cheese), take part in the olive harvest and watch the process of producing Cretan virgin olive oil, pick up wild greens and herbs and use them in traditional cooking lessons, savour the local varieties of wine as well as raki directly from the cauldrons and try the local nutritious honey.
If you happen to visit Vamos in April, you can enjoy the "chochlidovradia" which is a traditional festival where the menu consist of snails, otherwise in summer you can attend some excellent cultural events.
Make a point in visiting the award-winning village of Milia built on the mountainside, in the hilly area of Kissamos, west from Chania and create your own unforgettable travel memories. Your stay here will bring you back to the basics, where you’ll actually experience a traditional agriculture life. So if you are a fan of nature, of the unexplored, of the unpretentious, then you will enjoy this destination.
Vehicles are not allowed in Milia, so keep in mind that you’ll have to park your car in a specially designed plateaux at approximately 100 meters from the entrance of the settlement. A small path shaded by enormous chestnut and oak trees will lead you up to the 13 stone-built houses with their distinctive architecture. Built on the ruins of old farmhouses (some even retain their old rocks in the walls and wooden beams in the roof) they are decorated with antique furniture and appear in perfect harmony with the natural environment. You won’t find “modern conveniences” here, as everything works in a different pace. There’s a number of traditional activities you can try out according to taste: try grape pressing, tsikoudia making, olive picking, cheese making, recipe lessons, wine tasting and more.
The settlement’s pristine land reaches 1200 m2 where you can enjoy the peace and quiet but you can also head towards the chestnut forest, the cave of Agia Sophia and the Topoliano gorge through numerous hiking trails. Feast your eyes on the beauty all around you! Listen to the sounds of the forest and the birds singing as you enjoy a traditional Cretan breakfast! The lush mountainside where the organic crops of the estate are located are the main alimentation supply of the settlement’s restaurant where you can taste delicious local delicacies, which you can even try making yourself. In the evening, listen to mantinades (traditional serenades) about unfulfilled love stories next to the lit cast iron fire stove, surrounded by candlelights.