October 2018 - Autumn sunshine in Crete
Wonderful Autumn in Crete means clear blue sky and warm sunny days, the perfect weather for enjoying this fabulous island. Officially, the tourist season remains until the end of the month and can run on until the early parts of November. In Agia Galini there are still plenty of tourists around and it remains business as usual in many of the tavernas, on the beach and in the shops. However, in the next few weeks we will see a winding down as another season draws to a close. Busy workers will begin to look forward to the winter months when they will, hopefully, have more time at their leisure and the village will quieten down as the tourists head for home.
However, there are still plenty of good deals available for a quick break and of course, so much to see.
The cooler temperatures, from boiling hot summer to a pleasant warmth, makes outdoor excursions much more bearable; walks in the countryside, this book recommends several local walks, lying on the beach and swimming in the still warm sea are just some of the super benefits of living here. It is during this month that we may see the first rainfall, which come with welcome relief especially to the parched, dry landscapes.
The Autunm months sees the start of harvest. Driving or walking around the Cretan countryside we see the beginnings of the olive harvest with the spreading of the familiar black nets under the trees and hear the gentle whirring of the olive picking machines, which knock the ripe olives from the branches to the ground before gathering and taking to be pressed. It is often a family occasion where you will see and hear groups of all ages working together, hand picking the olives, or at least bashing the tree with a large stick; the traditional way! After the hard work you sometimes see the group sharing a simple lunch beneath the shade of the olive trees.
Every village has a shop selling locally produced olive oil and it really is liquid gold, and so different to supermarket brands. This olive oil, Metso is produced near to Agia Galini in Kamilari and like lots of organic local oil is absolutely delicious!
Oxi day on the 28th October, a public holiday, will be marked with parades of school children through the streets and plenty of flag waving, in commemoration of the Greeks refusal to join forces with Mussolini during WW2 with the infamous one word reply of ‘OXI’ ‘NO’.
Autumn sunshine and winding down gives perfect opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy life with a small glass of wine or raki and a bowl of olives…simple autumnal pleasures.
Oh..and don’t forget the clocks go back 28th October at 2am…don’t want to be late for any Halloween parties!!
Photo credit: Hotel Erofili, Agia Galini. www.go-galini.com