CRETE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ZORBA
Source: Unique Destination Magazine
From the Minoan Civilisation to the Modern Age, which desperately seeks a place in Cretan tradition, from El Greco to Kazantzakis and from the wild landscapes to the cosmopolitan beaches, one thing for sure is that the island of Crete knows how to attract your attention.
Located in the southernmost tip of Europe, this small island gave birth to the first European civilisation. And although the Minoan World has long disappeared, its glow seems to have survived through the ages, like a beacon beckoning to the nations that later conquered Crete. Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Venetians and Ottomans, they all left their mark on the island.
In the small villages, forgotten by time in the middle of nowhere, and in an almost-dilapidated café, beneath some 300-year-old plane tree, there if you talk to the locals you will understand why, if you asks anyone about Crete, he/she will not mention its history or sights, but rather its hospitality, festivals and mostly the warmth of its inhabitants. These people, you won’t find them only in the villages. You will find them hovering between yesterday and today, always, here, on this island of opposites.