The recent Matala Music Festival looks like it was a success!
Summer is here! A time for enjoying the good weather, the warm sea, the fresh foods and the happy holiday atmostphere. Many tourists have arrived and are ready to relax and enjoy a fabulous holiday in Crete. For those of us lucky enough to have made Crete our home, we are blessed in that we can enjoy many of the holiday perks, including daily swimming, eating outdoors and enjoying fresh local produce; in recent news a study has found Crete really is good for you!
It is during this month that here in Agia Galini we are lucky to savour the fresh locally grown cherries and strawberries, at the same time. In the high mountains at Gerakari the cherry trees are laden with fruits and from the Messara there are plump juicy strawberries. Driving along the roads we can see many stalls selling the fruits and the fruit vans driving around the villages blare out announcements of the wonderful produce selling at a great price; it is something we should all stop and buy at least one time.
When you think of holidays you often think of relaxing on the beach and here in Crete, especially along the south coast, we have plenty of beautiful beaches to offer. For some, holidays are more about exploring the area and enjoying new experiences. In Agia Galini, the newly opened Galini Travel offers a wide range of activities for those who are wanting to be a little more invloved, and maybe more adventurous. Offering information, organising walking and hiking tours in the local area, traditional Greek cooking classes, painting and photography, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Exploring the island on your own is easy to do and with an abundence of car rental places offering great deals driving around is straightforward enough. However, many of the local bus routes provide an excellent service connecting the south of the island with the cities in the north including, Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion. More often than not, to accompany you on your journey, will be the sounds of the local radio station or traditional Greek/Cretan music blaring out as you wind along the road towards your destination, if you are unlucky you may have to listen to modern Greek pop !!! Most of the bus services also offer a great wifi connection, so you can if you prefer choose to listen to whatever you want!
The annual music festival held June 16th-18th sees music lovers flock to Matala for the free festival. People make the journey to experience first hand the wonderful vibrant atmostphere with music from a variety of perfomers, all enjoyed with the sand beneath their feet and ‘beneath the Matala moon’, as Joni Mitchell famously sang in Carey written during her stay in Matala’s caves in the sixties!
After all these activities maybe you would like to slow things down with a session of yoga. This activity is becoming increasingly popular with schools at Triopetra and Agios Pavlos. In Agia Galini we have our own yoga teacher, who practices down at Tropica studios and offers weekly classes in a lovely relaxing environment; yoga at the poolside with a wonderful seaview, certainly makes you feel refreshed. June 21st is International Yoga Day and to celebrate this a free yoga session will be held at the amphitheatre in Agia Galini starting at 18.30 … why not pop on down and salute the sun...?
Goodness so much to see and do, and the summer has only just begun!
Photo credit: Matala, www.outdoortravel.gr