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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.

Livestock Farming

Livestock farming in crete

Livestock farming, lively described by Vitsentzos Kornaros in "Erotokritos" and in many other works of Cretan Literature, is contemporary of man in the island.

Sources of history dating from the Minoan era certify that the oldest Cretan profession is the one of the shepherd.

However, sometimes history is superfluous.

New rules for hand luggage at all EU airports

Starting 6 November 2006 new rules for hand luggage at all EU airports

Liquids, gels and aerosols are only allowed in hand luggage in small quantities (no more than 100 ml per item) and if correctly packaged. These rules will apply to all passengers departing from or changing planes at EU airports. The new rules cover liquids such as water and other beverages, gels, pastes, lotions and the contents of aerosol cans. Toiletries such as toothpaste, shaving cream, hair gel, lip gloss and creams also fall under the rules.

Tourist Information

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 ()
Daylight Saving Start: last Sunday in March
Daylight Saving End: last Sunday in October

Language: Greek (official)

Currency: Euro (€)

Electricity: 220V 50 HzHz
Electric Plug Details: European plug with two circular metal pins

International Dialling Code Greece: +30

National Dialing Codes:
Athens: 210
Agios Nikolaos: 28410
Chania: 28210
Heraklion: 2810
Rethymnon: 28310


traditional arts in Rethymnon

Remains of the Minoan civilization, or at least those artifacts, which the archaeological pickax has been able to bring to light and which could be preserved, give the most important evidence of the dexterously produced pieces of handicraft, which the Cretans have accomplished and improved since prehistoric times.