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Whether hard fact or part legend, the tale of the 12 Young Rulers, is an integral part of Cretan history, continuing to inform locals’ mores and beliefs up to nowadays.
With aeons of intriguing, more often than not tumultuous, Cretan history inscribed in their local traditions and way of life, Cretans come across as fierce, proud and imposing. Not unlike true nobles, that is. In fact, while travelling around Crete, it is not uncommon to hear ageing villagers asserting that they are from blue blood: The descendants of aristocracy that once existed in Crete. Before dismissing their claims as old peoples’ ramblings, read on below for one of the most fascinating chapters of Cretan history: The tale of the 12 Young Rulers, though it is in some bits rather loosely documented, it demonstrates that nobility did exist in Crete from the 11th century and even beyond the Venetian era.
Intricate, intriguing and enlightening, Cretan myths and legends, hailing from the depths of time, are intertwined with Cretan history and culture. This beguiling collection of stories of ancient gods and goddesses, beasts, men and heroes are a timeless treasure trove: To be passed on from one generation to the next; richly narrated, often dramatized and repeatedly embellished; cherished by young and old alike; providing powerful insights about life, relationships, religion and culture in ancient Crete and beyond. Here we shall look at the myths of King Minos and the mighty Minotaur, their relationship with the omnipotent ruler of men and gods, Zeus and their connection with antiquity’s other superpower, Athens.
From sleepy mountain villages to quaint, vibrant towns; from long sandy beaches with crystalline seas, water sports, and beach-bar-boogie to secluded, rocky bays, steep gorges and ravines; from ancient monuments to byzantine monasteries; from museum-hopping to all night partying… In Crete, variety is, indeed, the spice of life.
Whether you are a nature lover or a history buff; an adrenaline junkie, a foodie or a party animal, you’ll find that life on Greece’s largest island, and Europe’s most southern post, is supremely exciting and never dull. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice; so read on for what you need to know especially if travelling to Crete for the first time.
Combining some of the world’s most captivating monuments and Unesco heritage sites, with a renowned, delectable, albeit distinctly healthy, gastronomic tradition; a fierce and proud history, a zestful spirit and culture; and that’s not to mention a striking, ever changing scenery, Crete is pure holiday wonderland with something for all. Access to Greece’s largest island is quite easy too, whether by air or boat; while the sun shines here more brightly than elsewhere. So whether you are a history buff, a beach bum or a sport’s aficionado; a foodie, a party animal, a family guy or gal and everything in between, this is a destination as close to dreamy as possible. For summer in Crete means a lot of exciting things to many different kinds of people. What follows below is merely indicative:
Travel is all about experiencing the world’s beauty, and that means we need to protect it. So, rather than the latest fad or fashion, sustainability for all of us at the Oscar Suites & Village Green hotel in Crete, is nothing but a necessity. Which, put simply, has to do with the preservation and safekeeping of the places that we love the most: For us this is the stunning seaside Agia Marina-Platanias, just 9 klm from the iconic old town of Chania in Crete.
A long, sandy strip with blue flag awarded waters, lined up with quaint cafes, bars and tavernas overlooking the idyllic Thodorou island -the base of the protected Kri-Kri species– it truly is one of those places that get under your skin.
Diachronically a magnet to the world’s adventurers and bon vivants, Crete, is at its most alluring at Easter, when ageless mystique blends with springtime’s abundant beauty. A spiritual as much as a festive occasion, Easter in Crete preserves many of its ancient facets and flavors; bringing together families and communities in an intuitively joyous way that has largely vanished from metropolitan centers. For all of us at Oscar Suites & Village apartments and studios in Platanias, this is a unique time to be cherished every year. We cordially invite you to do the same; and to put you in the right kind of mood, here are some characteristic, time honored and rather fascinating, religious and social customs, that you’ll encounter during Easter in Crete:
“When one has tasted it he knows what the angels eat”, wrote Mark Twain. Somewhat arbitrarily but quite safely, one could assume that Cretan food might as well had been in his mind.
Boasting one of the oldest, healthiest and most delectable gastronomic traditions in the world, Crete has to show for a cuisine that is based on the -exceptional- quality and freshness of its ingredients. Rather than the use of complicated sauces or lots of spices, its -considerable- strength lies on the purity of taste: Wild herbs and greens, copious amounts of olive oil- Crete’s liquid gold- Cretan cheeses, dakos, lamb, goat, fresh seafood, snails and green and black olives…To be savored on their own right, or combined together to produce simple, yet extremely flavourful and of course, downright delicious dishes. Indeed Crete is a culinary paradise for foodies and gourmands from all over the world!
It has been another great summer; yet for the past few weeks we’ve been having cooler temperatures- along with strikingly beautiful fall colors and scents. So we’ve been gradually winding down and -physically and mentally- preparing for the closing of Oscar Suites & Village for the season.
As we are getting ready to say goodbye to our last guests for 2018- the closing of Oscar Suites & Village for the season is scheduled on the 4th of November 2018.-we cannot help but feel a little sad and nostalgic. After all ours is a family run, family style hotel at the seaside resort of Agia Marina-Platanias, a few klm from the iconic old town of Chania, which above and beyond everything values human interaction. Indeed, cordial and welcoming, Oscar Suites & Village stands out for its distinctly affable, sociable character. Simply put we are best buddies with our guests-many of them returning here year after year-and it is always kind of hard parting with them when the time comes for the closing of Oscar Suites & Village for the season.
If you are so lucky to be in Agia Marina – Platanias on a Friday evening this summer, you should not miss the vibrant atmosphere at Valentino Pasta & Grill.
Spoil yourself with an unforgettable dinner or cool drinks while our professional Latin dancers spellbound you with their colorful costumes and fabulous performance.
Our Italian specialities are created by the finest ingredients, add a bottle of wine if you wish, and feel the rhythms as you enjoy the show for a night to remember.
Professional Latin dancers
We are proud to announce that we have received no less than two (!) TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence this year.
Oscar Suites & Village and Valentino Pasta & Grill have both been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest and most respected travel site. This is a great achievement to us and we are beyond proud to be recognized as both a top performing hotel and an outstanding restaurant.
The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a prestigious award given annually to establishments that honors hospitality excellence by consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews. Oscar Suites & Village and Valentino Pasta & Grill are proud to get a desirable place in the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.