Cretan hospitality

Cretan hospitality is famous all over the world for its warmest welcome. Cretans are known for their desire to make visitors feel at home, regardless of their nationality or culture.

Cretan hospitality has deep roots in the history and culture of Crete. Hospitality in Crete has always been a central element of the island’s society, from ancient times to the present day.

Crete was in ancient times one of the most important centers of culture and trade in the Mediterranean. During the Venetian rule (1204-1669), Crete became an important trading center and source of many rich cultural influences. Then, with the rise of tourism in Crete in the 1960s, the island’s residents began accept tourists in their houses, thus expanding the tradition of hospitality. Today, Crete is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and Cretan hospitality is still an important aspect of its touristic offer. It has a history of at least 4000 years. From the Minoan era to the ancient Greek, the Roman, then the Byzantine and Arab rule, passing through the Venetian rule and reaching the Ottoman empire. Then the liberation and finally the union with the rest of Greece.

Cretan hospitality is an integral part of the local culture and way of life on the island. It is a philosophy based on love for people and the desire to share the beauty and wealth of Crete with its visitors. Crete is multicultural.

If you visit Crete, be ready for a warm welcome and an unforgettable hospitality experience. Then came the liberation in 1897 and its union with Greece under Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos in 1913.