What’s Happening in Crete just now?
Summer came early to Crete this year, with an unseasonably hot April followed by rain showers in early May. The snow on the White Mountains had gone by May. Easter in Crete was largely celebrated as usual, with many Pure Crete guests joining in the festivities in the local villages, churches and tavernas.
May also saw the 72nd annivesary of the Battle of Crete, the exact date of which is the 20th May. Events and Services were held across the Island to mark the anniversary.
Crete in Bloom and Spring Walking 2013
On the 23rd April Crete in Bloom held its annual Crete in Bloom week. 27 “Bloomers” flew out to Crete for a week of Botany, photography, field excursions, bird watching and Gorge walking with expert guidance as always by the ledgendary Stephen Waters and Clive Daws, who are in their 20th year of leading the Crete in Bloom week. Feedback was very encouraging and they received huge thanks and praise for what proved a fabulous enjoyable week.
Likewise our intrepid and charishmatic walking guide Tony Taylor, led Pure Cretes’ Sping walking week on the 7th May. 14 guests of all abilities joined Tony on 5 walks ending in a lovely taverna lunch to rest ones weary legs. Again, we have had lovely feedback from customers. Tony repeats the week in October which we are now taking bookings for.
Release of the new Rough Guide to Crete June 2013
The brand new edition of the Rough Guide to Crete has just been released, and mentions many of the tavernas and villages where Pure Crete has villas and cottages. The Aptera tavera is described as” very good taverna with a shaded terrace serving the usual Cretan and Greek staples”
Heraklion Archaelogical Museum Update 2013
Two new halls of Sculptors have opened at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. In addtion, the temporary exhibition of the museum highlights is housed in a special gallery at the North side of the Museum, whose entrance is located at Hatzidaki street.
Among the many artefacts exhibited therein, the visitor can admire the Phaistos Disc, the idols of the Snake Goddesses, the gold Bee-Pendant, the Ring of Minos and the frescos depicting “La Parisienne” and the Bull Leaping scene.
In the course of the building renovation, which involves new state-of-the-art installations, will be fully completed, hopefully during the course of 2013. The new exhibition halls will include most of the objects from the old collections as well as finds from the latest archaelogical excavations.
Crete, the Euro and the Greek Economy
Holidays in Crete continue unaffected by Brussels budget talks of supporting the Greek economy and at Pure Crete business is brisk.
The latest EC support package of debt right offs in exchange for spending reductions is designed to keep Greece in the Euro and to balance the budget over time. Greece knows it’s better off in the Euro and so is Europe.
However, if Greece did leave the Euro analysts say it would become 25% cheaper for tourists than other European destinations which would be good for Pure Crete clients.
‘There are no signs here of the occasional demonstrations seen in Athens hundreds of miles away across the sea – life in Crete continues at its normal pace, but the economic crisis means that tourism is more important than ever for the local people this year.’