Yakinthia Festival in Anogia

Yakinthos - The saint of love

Graceful Yakinthos (Hyacinth) is playing in the forest and throws the discus as far as he can to be better than his teacher Apollo. And the God is so enchanted by the beauty of the boy that he is totally forgetting the game. Zephyr is jealous and makes the discus loose its track. Yakinthos falls dead to the ground. Grieving Apollo makes a beautiful white flower grow on the spot where Yakinthos fell dead.

Tafkos Cave

In the Depths of the Earth

Over 3,500 caves have been recorded on Crete since 1962, when the late eminent Eleftherios Platakis founded the local department of the Hellenic Speleological Society. Of those 3,500 caves only 850 have been explored.

However, during the last twenty years, the Cretan speleologists have been very active and fortunate at the same time.

Agios Antonios Cave

Agios Antonios - the cave of the saint

The cave of Agios Antonios near the village of Patsos also represents a place of dedication as has been proved by archaeological research. It was used as an important centre of worship from the Late Minoan up until the Roman period.

Sfentoni Cave

Sfendoni - the cave of stalactites & stalagmites

The cave of Sfendoni near the village of Zoniana in the district of Mylopotamos (47 km from Rethymnon in the direction of Perama - Axos) displays 14 halls, richly ornamented with stalactites and stalagmites.

Gerani Cave

Gerani - the cave of stalagmites

The Gerani cave displays magnificent stalagmites and boasts 6 halls. Apart from three human skeletons, archaeological research has brought to light a variety of bone and stone tools dating back to the Neolithic period.