Greek coffee is not just the stronger, unfiltered, more flavoursome version of your average daily cup : It is an institution of daily life and how to enjoy it, and this reflects in the tradition of preparing and enjoying it in its natural environment, the kafeneion (coffee shop).
Arolithos is a unique private Cretan village. It is a family business, run with great passion and love for Cretan tradition. Its goal is to present Cretan tradition, the customs and habits of the region and the architecture and values of Cretan people to visitors and preserve these for future generations.
Arolithos means “a rock’s hole gathering and conserving rainwater”. The village has taken that symbolic name because it encompasses and conserves the traditional ways and rural beauty of Crete. Through its wide range of activities, visitors can escape the present and travel back to the past.
Built on the slope of a mountain, amidst the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past and images of generations past and their way of living, while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations.
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- This tour is provided by Arolithos Traditional Village. Cancellation deadline is 72 hours prior to the tour date
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The visitors will enjoy the full kafeneion (coffee shop) experience, including the ceremonial preparation and enjoyment of a proper cup of coffee, or enjoy a flavoursome cup of mountain herbal tea. accompanied by loukoumia (delights) and the kids' favourite epovrichio (literally "the submarine" : a spoonful of thick vanilla syrup submerged in a glass of ice cold water). Also, they learn how to make delicious loukoumades (deep fried dough balls in syrup) and sarikopites (a pie made of dough, goat's cheese and honey). At the end, they taste the product of their effort and receive a copy of the recipe to keep and a gift of mountain herbs.
The group is accompanied by an English speaking member of our personnel in traditional dress. Free entrance to the Arolithos Museum of Rural History and Popular art is included.