Travelling is the best way not only to treat the eyes with wonderful views and attractions but also to connect with others, to connect with real people. Seeking the real is to experience people, customs and life in all its simplicity even when travelling. Mingling with the locals, tasting authentic flavors and familiarize with everyday habits of local people, is the only way for travelers to sever ties with their own daily lives.
When visiting the enchanting island of Crete, the best way to experience “the real Crete” is to pay a visit at the picturesque villages of the island where authentic tastes and habits are met. The locals, whether at work or at leisure, will warmly welcome you, always willing to show you how to do things the “Greek” way. All you have to do, is to find the “kafeneon” usually located at the center of the village. The traditional kafeneon, is the place where the locals usually meet to have their morning coffee or a sip of raki while playing backgammon (the so-called tavli), and it is often used as the most accurate information center of the village. Have a sip or traditional locally produced raki and ask them anything you’d like to know…you will be surprised by the stories and the small “secrets” that they are always willing to share in order to give you the long-awaited insiders’ guidance with their local expertise.