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toniiv

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I would love to get a taste of the Cretan culture and see some traditional dancing next time that I'm in Crete. Does anyone have recommendations about where would be a good place to see live dancing? I've seen some tourist oriented places in Athens for dancing online that I am planning to visit as well. Thanks in advance! :)
 

Laura48

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I would love to get a taste of the Cretan culture and see some traditional dancing next time that I'm in Crete. Does anyone have recommendations about where would be a good place to see live dancing? I've seen some tourist oriented places in Athens for dancing online that I am planning to visit as well. Thanks in advance! :)
Following, as I’ve just booked to go to Crete in September and would love to have some more authentic experiences than my usual beach/pool -> restaurant -> sleep
 
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francescool

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Following, as I’ve just booked to go to Crete in September and would love to have some more authentic experiences than my usual beach/pool -> restaurant -> sleep
Airbnb has its own section of the website titled "experiences" where locals show you authentic parts of the culture. Might be a good idea.
 
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greek_ggirl

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Following, as I’ve just booked to go to Crete in September and would love to have some more authentic experiences than my usual beach/pool -> restaurant -> sleep
Yamas restaurant in Hersonissos Crete claims that they have Greek dancing, might be nice to call them before you go to see if the have it available
 
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k_tsoukalas

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Yamas restaurant in Hersonissos Crete claims that they have Greek dancing, might be nice to call them before you go to see if the have it available
The only times I have ever seen Cretan dancing, unless it's by accident (I bumped into a group doing it in the main area of Chania, near the old mosque), was by having it arranged as part of a tour. They've all been excellent experiences. Some restaurants have it, as well. Again, seeing the music and dancing at restaurants has been unplanned. Music and dancing is a big part of the culture and I always seem to find it. My advice is to ask around when you get there.
 
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The beautiful traditional costumes of Crete

Crete has some of the most beautiful culture and costumes! This video outlines all of the pieces of the traditional costumes and what each part is used for. As you can see, many parts of Cretan culture are based in military lifestyle. Cretans are known as warriors and played a major role in defending Greece from both the Ottoman Empire as well as Nazi regime.

Visit Mirambello Bay on your next trip to Crete

Mirambello Bay is rarely talked about and I have no idea why! This spot is absolutely perfect for swimming and lounging. It is actually one of the the biggest bays in all of Europe, and has very calm and clear water. There is an excellent tourist town nearby that is called Agios Nikolaos with many restaurants and shops that have an excellent view of the bay. Check it out next time you visit Crete!

Where can I eat Cretan food outside of Crete?

Cretan cuisine is some of the best that I’ve ever tried. I don’t visit the island too often, but I do visit mainland Greece. I have two young kids, and the trip to Athens is already enough for them. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Cretan cuisine in Athens or Attiki specifically, but anywhere else on the mainland would do (Corinth for example). I would love to try out some spots. 😊

Check out this amazing Cretan tune

Cretan music is truly one of the best! These songs are some of the most popular Cretan songs throughout time and are preformed here as covers by Konstantinos and Ilias Drougas. As you can see in the video, the group is dancing along using Cretan dances, which are pretty popular throughout Greece since the culture is so renowned. Let me know if you like it! I will be going to a wedding in Crete this summer and I am prepping :)


Where is the best place to have a secluded and romantic wedding in Crete?

My cousin is looking for some romantic and secluded wedding locations in Crete. I am wondering if any of you have been to weddings and cream, or gotten married there yourselves. The wedding won’t be religious, so it doesn’t need to be in any specific place like a church. I am open to any suggestions! Thanks everyone!
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