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Kritsa

The most alive village of Crete just at 9 km. from Agios Nikolaos (capital of the region).

Kritsa, as first tourist target in Greece, comes inhabited since the Minoan times, its habitants are considered direct descendants of the ancient Cretan city Lato.

During the Middle Ages and until the more recent times, Kritsa was the biggest village of Crete, with its 40 churches, extended on the entire south-west coast of Mirabello gulf until the plateau of Dikti.

It was destroyed in the 853 A.D. from the Arabs and rebuilt later (951 A.D.) by the Byzantines under the supervision of imperial colonel Nikiforos Fokas.

At Kritsa you can find:

  • the original Cretan embroideries,
  • the traditional cheese pie (mizithropita), and
  • the ancient taste of lasagne with anthotiros (local cheese).

Into its territory are found also two of the most ancient churches in Crete, Aghios Ioannis Theologos and Panagia Kera. Kritsa by the water sources and the fertile land, today constitutes the most important traditional and cultural center of Crete, and a valid productive factor, that thanks to the quality of the native products, it succeeds to obtain every year acknowledgments and awards from the European Union.