October - Simply beautiful
Autumn in Crete means clear blue sky and warm sunny days, the perfect weather for appreciating this fabulous island. Usually, the tourist season remains until the end of the month, and can run on until the early parts of November, but with the current situation as it is there are fewer visitors, and in the next few weeks we will see a further winding down as this short season draws to a close. But, while there are people still around shops, bars and tavernas in Agia Galini will continue to make everyone feel welcome, ensuring a visit to our lovely village is as enjoyable and safe as possible.
October is the start of the olive harvest. Driving or walking around the Cretan countryside we see the beginnings 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. Let’s hope that we can continue this tradition, even if we have to distance ourselves a little from our fellow pickers! Every village has a shop selling locally produced olive oil and it really is liquid gold, and so different to supermarket brands. Supporting your local shops has never been so important.
Eleonas, meaning olive grove, is a country village estate focusing on local eco and agro-tourism, situated in the Amari valley near Zaros. It provides accommodation, leisure activities and traditional Cretan dining in a naturally beautiful setting; a perfect way to unwind, embrace the countryside and feast on local delights! It is open to day visitors and for those wishing to stay a little bit longer.
The cooler temperatures, from boiling hot summer to a pleasant warmth, makes outdoor excursions much more bearable; walks in the countryside, 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.
I hope you get an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, look at the blue sky, to sit, relax and enjoy life with a small glass of wine, or raki, and a bowl of olives … simple autumnal pleasures. Stay safe everyone.