Combine some of the most unique panoramic views, visit traditional Cretan villages and find out all about the lifestyle of local people and their daily activities. Learn about the history and the traditions of the Island, meet the locals, explore the wildlife of Crete, embrace the renowned Cretan hospitality and taste the delicious Cretan honey, cheese, and cuisine.
Our day starts from Heraklion city heading west to Rethymno prefecture and then south from southeast passing through the traditional villages of the mainland (Marathos, Damasta, Apladiana, Agia) and areas with dense vegetation, fresh aromas, and unique views. Our first stop will be at Reptisland, a theme park full of wildlife animals.
The amazing route and views continue until we reach the historic Melidoni Cave, in which In October 1823, 340 women and children and 30 men from Melidoni village found refuge in the cave, in order to escape the Turkish army. Hussein Beis decided to block the entrance of the cave with branches and other flammable materials and then he set fire. All the women, children, and men died from asphyxiation caused by smoke. where we make our second stop. The unique view from the Cave will inspire you to take pictures, combining the highest mountain tops of Crete with the beautiful valley.
Our third stop will be at a family-run Olive Oil Mill. The owners will give us a tour and show us all step by step the productions of Cretan Olive Oil. Feel free to ask anything you want to enhance your knowledge of olive oil.
Afterward, our amazing route continues and, on the way, up to our fourth stop, The Honey Museum, we will meet the apiarist who is also the person responsible for this amazing place and we will learn all the secrets of honey as well as taste some of them.
Leaving the Honey Museum and already working up our appetite we will soon arrive at a traditional Cretan tavern in Melidoni or Perama village, where we are going to introduce you to Cretan cuisine and heartfelt hospitality with plenty of local platters. Enough time will be provided after lunch for those who wish to enjoy a cup of coffee. On our way back we will follow an asphalt road that will lead us to the original pick-up points.
Get ready to take a deep look into the eyes of the descendants of the dinosaurs! An amazing collection of reptiles such as Snakes, Cayman Crocodiles, Lizards, Bearded Dragons, Frogs, Tarantulas etc. is waiting for you at Reptisland. Don't miss the opportunity to take pictures while you handling them, it is completely safe!
The Cave of Melidoni or Gerontospilios is located approximately 1,800 meters northwest of the homonym village of Mylopotamos, at an altitude of 220m and on the south side of Kouloukonas Mountain. Gerontospilios, as also called, is very important due to the archaeological findings, some of which are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon. Apart from its archaeological significance, the cave is of great historical importance, since it is connected to one of the greatest tragedies in Greek history. In October 1823, 340 women and children and 30 men from Melidoni village found refuge in the cave, in order to escape the Turkish army. When Hussein Beis discovered their hiding place, he encircled the cave with his army and asked the Cretans to surrender and they refused.By January 1824, the Turks had made several unsuccessful raids to occupy the cave. So, Hussein Beis decided to block the entrance of the cave with branches and other flammable materials and then he set fire. All the women, children and men died from asphyxiation caused by smoke.
A family modern olive oil factory, which is located in Melidoni, Municipality of Mylopotamos, was established in 1991. It is a one-of-a-kind olive oil factory, with state-of-the-art facilities. In our olive oil factory, every olive harvest approximately 400 tons of olive oil is produced. The technology, the know-how, and the strict specifications allow us to have high-quality results. The taste, the aroma, and the golden-green color olive oil we produce put us in first place in reference to our customers.
At the foot of Psiloritis Mountain, following the history and the unique natural characteristics of the land, apiθανο was born, where tradition meets today. It started when two childhood friends, Dinos and Christos, decided to unite their passion for their homeland and the bees and offer the best and purest bee products.
With the values of quality, purity and protection of the bees and the planet, we produce products which respect the environment and humans. Thus, we contribute -in our own way- to a better future.
We collect our honey from selected areas of Crete which thanks to their rare biodiversity and endemic vegetation, give it a strong aroma and a unique taste.
Apiθανο doesn’t go under heat processing, which is the reason why the quantity is limited and always proportional to the number of hives we have, but also to the weather conditions of each beekeeping period. Apiθανο is standardized and packaged with responsibility and care, according to all the rules of hygiene, in our lab. Visit us in our lab and explore the fascinating world of apiθανο and the bees!
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