Family Experiences

Arolithos Traditional Village in Crete

May 22, 2018 1 Comments

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I’m Anastasia and I’m really happy to welcome you to my island Crete. I’m a mother of two lovely kids and it's my life purpose to provide a beautiful childhood, part of which, is making memories that are long-lasting. In this corner of Family Experiences Blog, I would like to take you around Crete and give you insiders suggestions for family travel and activities. Are you an (expat) family living in Greece or a guest visiting my beautiful island for summer holidays? I hope you will join me exploring Crete!

My most recent trip took me to Arolithos, my time travel...

Have you ever thought your overnight stay when on excursion would turn to be a cultural experience? 

During our recent Heraklion tour completely out of the blue we found our selves checking in Arolithos and I was totally taken by surprise as I had visited this place so many years ago when I was a child and my father was filming his movie on Crete.

I was there now with my children and I was completely taken by surprise as memories were coming back.

The whole concept is so unique. A traditional hotel village where you simply want to make pictures non stop, wander around its alleys, visit the church, the village square and traditional shops and labs.

All in one place, quiet and so safe for the kids. With welcoming friendly people being our hosts.

We were welcomed by the parrot who did carry a small welcoming conversation with my kids and we were shown our traditional rooms that were very comfortable.

Although the plan was a visit to the city we stayed there and relaxed as we felt it’s also a place to explore.

I was more than satisfied to see the kids did show interest not only into buying souvenirs but as well as trying to understand the procedure of making textiles on the traditional “argaleios” the loom, and also the art of making mosaics which was very inspiring and we keep practicing ever since.

The Cretan house too, was something the kids loved as it’s so different from the commodities and style we meet in our houses but yet so cozy and proud. This is the word that comes to me when I want to describe decency in Crete. It’s all about humble pride.

Having a quiet morning coffee at the traditional Kafeneio with the cats stretching around, took me back to my childhood years and all these places that may still remain untouched and I will try to present them here in time, as Crete is full of beauty.

Because when you sense this feeling, you realize you can even travel in time, you can bond the past and the future and this is food for the soul.

Anastasia Lainaki Zacharopoulou

Greek blogger Anastasia was born and raised in Chania, on the west side of Crete. She is the mother of two young children. Be inspired by Anastasia's local knowledge and join her in her journey around Crete.

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    Allison

    May 23, 2018

    Anastasia Lainaki, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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