The tradition of komboloe, or worry beads, is intertwined with Greece itself : a man passing time with his worry beads is one of the most iconic and enduring images of the country. In this workshop, visitors can learn about the origins and history of the komboloe as well as learn how to create their own.
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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The visitors will learn the origins and history of komboloe, and then they will be provided with a variety of beads and proceed to create their own personalized version, which they will keep as a souvenir.
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.