Crete, Greece: What You Need to Know Before Your Visit

Join local expert Dimitra Pilarinou to discover Crete: a stunning island with incomparable history
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As Homer once described it, this captivating island sits amidst the "wine-dark sea," offering a unique blend of landscapes that have enchanted travelers for centuries. From majestic snow-capped mountains and deep ravines to fertile valleys, olive groves, and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, Crete's natural beauty enchants all who wander its diverse terrain. Embark on a journey through time and mythology, as you explore the ancient birthplace of Zeus and the enigmatic civilization of the Minoans. Delve into Crete's rich history and cultural tapestry, a reflection of the many civilizations that have graced its shores over millennia.

With each segment of this lecture, immerse yourself in the allure of this captivating island, where history and nature coalesce to create an unforgettable experience. Discover the wonders of Crete, where ancient tales blend seamlessly with the contemporary charm of its towns and villages. Embrace the spirit of adventure and exploration, as you uncover the secrets of this Mediterranean gem.
Meet Your Expert

Dimitra is an archaeologist with a Master's degree focused on Minoan civilization. She is originally from Athens and moved to Crete to study it's wealth of history. She has been working both as a licensed guide and archaeologist for more than 15 years. She has excavated in sites all over Greece such as Akrotiri in Santorini, the Temple of Apollo in the Cyclades, Minoan settlements & tombs around Knossos & Phaistos, a Hellenistic town and a Roman cemetery in Crete, a Neolithic setllement in Northern Greece and Geometric & Roman finds in Athens. She represented the University of Athens in a post graduate seminar in the International Olympic Academy at Olympia where she gave a lecture on the Ancient Olympic Games to students from all over the world. As a tourist guide she has been giving tours to students from schools, colleges and universities from USA, Great Britain & Australia as well as individual travelers, families & VIPs including ambassadors & the Vice-president of China. She has appeared as a specialised Minoan archaeologist in two documentaries about the Minoan civilization on Travel Channel and History Channel.

Crete's amazing scenery was the backdrop of Europe's first advanced civilization, the Minoans. They graced the island with their extraordinary palaces destined to become in the course of millennia the stuff of myths and legends. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Ottomans followed and left their imprint on the culture of the only island that has been a part of every single empire. 

Charming, picturesque villages harmoniously coexist with ancient Greek and Roman ruins, Venetian castles, and Ottoman minarets. Amidst this extraordinary blend of natural beauty and Crete’s history, the Cretan people, proud of their island’s heritage, are extraordinarily open-hearted and hospitable: real children of ''Xenios" Zeus, the God of hospitality, who was born on Crete and never left.

Led by an expert on Crete’s history, archaeology, and culture, Dimitra Pilarinou, this lecture will offer a thorough introduction to the island of Crete: its landscape, history, culture, gastronomy, towns, and villages. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the wonders that Crete has to offer.
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Excellent and stimulating overview of a special place
Dimitra's lecture on Crete is just what I need before I visit Crete in May. She thoroughly covered the entire island's historical highlights and interesting places to visit. She is always well prepared with the most interesting information. I am really looking forward to my trip.
Dimitra Pilarinou This was an amazing lecture! Thank you so much for recording it. We are now "re-assessing" our plans for our 8 days on Crete in order to incorporate the areas that you discussed.