Relax in a traditional house located in the heart of Archanes, one of the most beautiful villages of Europe, just 15 minutes drive away from the Minoan palace of Knossos.
Entering the property we see a courtyard with lemon trees, orange trees, a few vines and flowers.
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Luxury living is just one part of the travel journey. The other and maybe the most memorable is the experiences – all these unique moments we live and we tend to remember for lifetime. Crete – as the biggest island of Greece – has plenty of hidden treasures to explore. Discover the island, guided by locals and transform your regular holidays into a magnificent travel experience that you will always talk about it.
And who knows… it could a reason to visit Crete again.
A journey to the limits between myth and reality.
Mountain Giouhtas is located west of Archanes, about 10km south of the city of Heraklion. Its maximum altitude may not exceed 811m, but it holds a prominent place in mythology and the hearts of the Cretans. It is located in a unique landscape surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. For the ancient Minoans it was a sacred mountain, mainly because of its shape: from the northwest, the mountain looks like a human face looking at the sky. According to the legend, Zeus is buried there. After all, the mountain got its name from him, since Giouhtas comes from the Latin Jupiter, that is Zeus.
After getting acquainted with your guide and following a short briefing, we will start driving towards the highest peak of Giouhtas, following the dirt road through a beautiful pine forest, on the east side of the mountain. There, the small church of Christ the Lord is located, built in 1443. The view to the valley of Archanes, which is a vast vineyard, Psiloritis, Dikti and Heraklion, is amazing! You will also have the opportunity to search for herbs and observe the imposing vultures, that find refuge on the steep cliffs.
Then we will drive to the winery, where you will have the opportunity to experience a special wine tasting at the Fabrika Wine Experience, tracing step by step the process of winemaking, maturation and bottling of wine, while also getting acquainted with traditional wine making processes and tools such as the great cement tanks that hold the must during the fermantation period.
Finally, through the beautiful and impressive Archaniotiko Gorge, you will reach Syllamos village, where, in an almost fairytale landscape, we will enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine.
Your return to Heraklion will be through the old road of Archanes – Heraklion, between beautiful vineyards and olive groves, which passes next to the Venetian aqueduct built in 1628 by Morozini where we will have a short stop for some pictures and for you to be able to observe the structure in all its beauty.
- Experienced, English speaking driver
- Free transport from/to your hotel. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
- Free Wi-Fi
- Land Rover Discovery 3 – fuels
- Wine tasting
- Lunch (wine, soft drinks, water)
- Two Bottles of water and one juice box per person
- Binoculars (2 pairs per car)