Back to the Roots of Cretan Tradition

Agia Roumeli and the entrance to the Samaria Gorge


On the boat from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia

Boatride from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia

Enjoying the view of the South coast of Crete.

Crystal waters at Agia Roumeli bay

Crystal waters at Agia Roumeli bayCrystal clear and salty waters.

Lamb roast in the new oven.

Lamb roast in the new oven

Father’s house in the old stone village of Agia Roumeli

Father's house in the old stone village of Agia Roumeli

Father’s house in the old stone village of Agia Roumeli

In the gorge of Samaria

in the gorge of samaria

Hiking through the gorge one gets to experience the mellow and sweet side of the mountain. Rich shadow from the greenery, high peaks as a surrounding and fresh pine tree smell filling the air.

The river of Agia Roumeli

Spring river

Spring river

At the exit of the Samaria Gorge the river, strong with Spring water, reaches Agia Roumeli.

Easter 2015

easter lamb

Easter Lamb

Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ has risen! Happy Easter Everyone!
After forty days of fasting the lamb is being prepared. Nevertheless the fasting dishes are perhaps better than the lamb… Including cuttlefish, snails, delicious vegetable casseroles and much more!

Another one of the Easter delights that rewards you for the long period of fasting are the Kalitsounia. These are cretan traditional pies with tiromalama or spinach. Tiromalama is a white creamy cheese from the region of Chania. It’s something in between mozarella and haloumi. Amazing when grilled!




Every year in Agia Roumeli there is a big feast right after the resurrection mass on Saturday night. First the re is the Easter bonfire and then everyone sits down at the table to listen to music, enjoy lamb, whine and kalitsounia and of course dance. This year the feast was set in our taverna and not on the street because it gave good protection from the wind.

Prepping the Easter feast

Prepping the Easter feast

We would like to thank the culture society of Agia Roumeli “Samaria” for organizing a wonderful event featuring the Cretan music group of Charis and Giorgis Pantermakis. Here is a video from the night:

Pine tree aroma in the gorge of Eligia

Pine tree aroma in the gorge of Eligia

In the gorge of Eligia there is a small forest of pine trees. In the summer there is always a pleasant shade there accompanied by a fresh pine tree aroma.

Nectar filled honey comb.

nectar filled honey comb
This is a nectar filled honey comb.

You also notice freshly woven shut bee cells.

Twenty one days later new born bees will be breaking out of them.