The Valley of Katharo
The hinterland of Kritsa and Kroustas has been declared Natura 2000 area. It's great hiking there, very quiet, and the vulture reigns over the forest. Especially the Valley of Katharo (meaning pure) is a great experience. Until April there is snow on the peaks. An asphalt road takes you there in 30 minutes. Our guests love to go there. We made a video to tell you more about the story of Katharo. Watch the video below!
A secret ruin...
When a child died unbaptised, there was no other solution than to bury it in unholy grounds, or lay down the body in a cave. At least that’s what was done in West Crete in the Middle Ages. In East Crete there was another solution provided…
It is very hard to find and to reach, this ruin. But we can help you to get there…
El Greco is a Cretan artist!
In countless churches in East Crete you will find Byzantine frescos, made in the 13th and 14th century. Most famous are the frescos of the Panagia Kera in Kritsa.
One of the artists who grew up in this culture was Theotokopoulos, better known as: El Greco! That's how he was named in Spain: the Greek. He originated from Crete!
We will be happy to tell you where you can find a little unspoiled church with beautiful frescos near the village of Kalamafka. The door is open!
250 Minoan farms in our backyard
Archaeologist Sabina Beckman discovered and explored more than 250 farms in the mountains above Kroustas. They were built in the Minoan Middle Bronze Age, about 4.000 years ago.
We can help you to find the entrance of the mythical Historical landscape park Kroustas.
The city of Lato
Probably you never heard of the city of Lato in Crete. Yet Lato was once an important city. Build around 500 years B.C. by the Dorians. Alexander the Great was their leader.
Lato is a real ‘polis’. You will discover their houses, workshops, an agora (marketplace) and the temple of Elithieia, the goddess of childbirth.
Lato is very close to the village of Kritsa.
A miracle in a monastery
A shepherd once found an icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave in the mountains. He took the icon home to his cabin but the next morning the icon was gone. It had ‘gone back’ to the cave. This happened not once, but many times…
Therefore they built a church and a monastery around this cave. On the 15th of August the people of the villages Kritsa and Kroustas make there pilgrimage for many hours by foot to the monastery to worship this miraculous icon of Mary, on the occasion of the Assumption of Mary.
You can go by car to the monastery of Faneromenis.
Our own village of Kroustas
What can we say? Just relax. We love Kroustas.
Kritsa is a lively town, full of shops, many churches and chapels, charming old streets and several kafeneions and restaurants. It is 4 kilometers away.