Christmas is on its way! It’s a time of year that brings to mind images of log cabins, snow covered streets and escaping the cold with family and friends huddled around a fire. A long way from the sun-drenched beaches and turquoise blue seas that Crete is best known for! But, while we may not always have winter weather (though we do get quite a bit of snow in the mountains), we do like to get in the festive spirit in Crete, and nowhere is that more in evidence than in Chania during the annual Santa Run!
The Chania Santa Run
Every December just after Christmas a horde of Santas descends on the city of Chania to take part in the amazing Santa Run. This fantastic event attracts a huge amount of visitors, with around 7,000 people travelling from all over Crete to don Santa costumes and complete a 3.5km course around the historic city. The Chania Santa Run raises money for a host of children’s charities in Greece that provide help and support to kids with a variety of disabilities and health problems. The 2016 Chania Santa Run will take place on Monday, December 26th.
Oscar Suites & Village recently got back from Helsinki, Finland after attending Matka 2016. The exhibition gathered over 70,000 visitors and over 1000 exhibitors. It is the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe and represents the leading and most successful travel business experience in terms of establishing partnerships within the Baltic Region and Russia.
During the exhibition, visitors could get their updates on upcoming destinations and new travel services, make reservations for their next trip, meet with business associates and make new deals or contracts. Matka is held annually, and this year’s event took place from January 21st to January 24th.
The Santa Run is a festive and charitable event where people of all ages walk the streets of Chania wearing Santa Claus costumes.
Every year in November, we attend World Travel Market in London, the travel industry’s leading global event. This is a great opportunity for us to meet and shake hands with new connections, as well as to get the latest updates on technology and ideas in hospitality industry.
August 15th is a public holiday and the biggest religious event in Greece after Easter and Christmas where Greeks all over the country are celebrating the Dormition of Virgin Mary.
With colorful costumes and hips moving to catchy rhythms, once again the girls threw a spectacular show for all of our guests last Sunday.
Once again, Oscar Suites & Village received Tripadvisor’s prestigious award, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
The Certificate of Excellence which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
We are finally set for the summer and we are very excited to welcome our first guests April 18th.
Easter is without doubt the most sacred holidays in the Greek Orthodox faith, where many have been fasting since February 23rd by excluding meat, fish, eggs, oil and dairy products from their diets. Most Greeks start to take their fasting seriously on the week leading up to Easter, from Monday the 6th of April, known as Holy Week.
The Easter preparations usually start on Holy Thursday where the traditional Easter bread, cookies and cheese pies are baked. Women and children dye eggs in red color that is meant to symbolize the blood of Christ. In the evening, the church will hold a symbolic representation of the crucifixion and it is also the evening where the mourning begins.