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RAKI OR TSIKOUDIA IS A LOCAL CRETAN DISTILLED ALCOHOLIC DRINK, A CLEAR AND FRAGRANT LIQUOR WHICH VISITORS ARE OFFERED AS A WELCOMING GESTURE, OR AT THE END OF A MEAL.

Raki contains about 37% alcohol, similar to Scotch whiskey or gin. It is served straight, in shot glasses, usually well chilled. Every autumn, after the grape harvest, various wine celebrations begin. Then comes the manufacture of raki. The custom of distilleries was instituted by Eleftherios Venizelos in 1920, when special permits were given to farmers to distill raki for additional income. The strafylla (crushed grapes), what is left behind once grapes have been pressed to make wine, are slowly boiled in special cauldrons. Drop by drop, raki begins to flow; very strong at first, almost pure alcohol, and then properly balanced.

The cretan raki is not just a local product. It is an intrinsic part of the identity of the local culture and expresses cretan hospitality.

CRETE HAS THE MOST LIVELY NIGHTLIFE OF ALL THE GREEK ISLANDS.

There is a wide variety of entertainment choices, for all tastes and all ages, from wild foam parties to traditional evenings with Cretan music and dances.

Summer in Crete and in Greece means “tables outside”: The guests meet the local people and everyone joins the party. After the sunset, people start gathering in “ouzo shops” and “taverns” (which are usually next to the sea or have a view to the sea) to enjoy “tsikoudia” (traditional local drink) or ouzo and special snacks.

The night continues in various music halls, discos, clubs, bars, “bouzouki” or “Cretan Lira” places (halls with live Greek or Cretan music) in the beautiful narrow streets or at the coastal zone of the island until the morning. For those who want something more relaxed, there are various art festivals and cultural events, like theatre performances, concerts with any kind of music and dance and summer cinemas.

Cosmopolitan nightclubs and stylish bar-restaurants, small atmospheric bars and picturesque cafés where you can enjoy a drink, or maybe a cocktail, or just a good cup of coffee. Some are hidden among the alleys of the Old City in historic buildings or courtyards, others are on the waterfront overlooking the sea.  Chania has it all, whatever your preference, whether it’s a relaxing drink, or endless partying.  Chania is a bustling vibrant town!!

The old town, the old port, Splantzia, Hatzimichalis Dalianis, or Akrotiri, are just a few of the areas you can wander around until you find the perfect fun place: Cafés, bars, clubs, a live Greek and international music scene, including a number of jazz bars, all invite you to experience the city’s nightlife to the full.

A few kilometers outside Chania, to the west of the city, are the summer resorts of Agia Marina (8 km) and Platanias (11 km).  Agia Marina has a beautiful beach, a number of good tavernas and an unparalleled nightlife, which altogether offer an experience definitely not to be missed.  In Platanias you will find an exciting nightlife, bars, restaurants, a long sandy beach, and numerous hotels spread out along the coast.

THE TRADITIONAL CRETAN CUISINE IS CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST IN THE WORLD.

Coming for vacations in Chania, you will discover that the traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. The abundance and the variety of the products of the island through centuries has created a cuisine with unique taste, freshness and originality.

The Cretan nature has the materials and the Cretan people have the experience for the creation of unique tastes, which are ideally combined with the seasons and the natural environment of the island.

Dairy products, honey, aromatic herbs, greens and so many other products of the Cretan mountains, are the basis for the miracle of the Cretan cuisine. The Cretan nutrition is recognized nowadays by the international scientific community as the most representative and quality sample of the so-called Mediterranean Diet, which, based on vegetables, pulses, fruits and cereals in combination with olive oil, contributes to longevity and well-being.

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