Painting in Crete

Western Crete is an ideal environment for amateur landscape painters. The 1500 endemic species of flowers and orchids are at their best during the Spring and the Cretan sunshine and the snowcapped backdrop of the White Mountains provide a unique artistic inspiration.



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Many painters choose the idyllic spring weather as the ideal opportunity to paint the snow capped mountains and vast landscapes. Others capture the village atmosphere with cafeneon�s populated by Greek men drinking coffee and playing backgammon.


Whether its sheep and goats grazing beneath olive groves or the Cretan vulture circling the sky, there’s no shortage of subject matter from the natural environment.


Crete’s ancient and more recent history also provide a rich source for artistic interpretation.The Chania region provides a variety of artistic backdrops, from the breathtaking views across Souda Bay from Megala Chorafia, to Ancient Aptera to a simple olive tree or indeed a typical Greek ‘Pure Crete’ House.







So Western Crete represents a very wide range of topics to satisfy artistic desires. 

Many painters also enjoy our specialist interest holiday weeks,that include Crete in BloomSpring Walkingand Exploring Crete. These organised weeks help discover locations and subject matter which inspire paintings and drawings at Springtime.


To discuss visiting Crete for paint please call us on 0845 070 571