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Local dishes, accommodation, activities and more…all in one place!

Α visit to our village, is your chance to experience the island of Crete,through many different services!

One place, many experiences!

Enjoy what you liked most! We will do our best to give you beautiful experiences!

Contact us here: 0030-821050 or send an email here: info@arolithos.com



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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.

We want to inform you that for our company Arolithos, the Traditional Cretan Village, the protection and security of your personal information is our obligation!

For the personal data we do collect, we are committed to your right to privacy and to being transparent about how and why we store your data! We use your data to send you electronic updates on news and services of our village.

Would be our pleasure to  continue to share with you our news, offers, events,
and other activities, in full respect to your personal data!

Thank you in advance
Arolithos, The Traditional Cretan Village

Pinakoti! The wooden kneading trough!

Pinakoti was an accessory (usually wooden and narrow) for traditional bread making process. It usually had many partitions, one for each bread!



How they made bread (many years ago)


A piece of bread that was stored from last week is made with water and flour, so that it becomes a gritty slurry.

They left it wrapped in a woolen blanket all night. With this piece, in the morning next day the bread is kneaded, and it is covered with the blanket again and left to ascend. Then they were holding a piece to make bread next week. With the rest, they made 3-4 large breads(as well as the pinakoti), which was covered with well-frosted cotton towels.

When the bread was ready, they went to the oven. There was the wood-burning oven, and when the oven was heated, they put the bread with a wooden shovel!

Take a look here, for this special product!


Chamomile Tea Benefits and Uses!

Chamomile is one of the most beneficial herbs with many healing properties.



It took its name from its scent and its low growth. Humble in appearance, but with very important properties, it is considered to be one of the most useful medicinal plants. It is worth mentioning that chamomile, among other things, contains potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Healing properties

1.It calms the nerves and relieves of intense emotional problems.

2.It is used against insomnia (enhancing sleep), anxiety and nervous tension

3.Sedative in conditions of stress, migraines, neuralgia and dizziness

4.It cures wounds, burns and soothes eczema

5.Antiseptic and anti-irritant action

6.Anti-inflammatory properties for the stomach and protective against the ulcers

7.Antipyretic and anti-allergic properties

8.It is menopausal and relieves the pain of the period

9.It relieves children of dentition pains

10.Useful for nerve indigestion, colic, bloating and gasses

11.Increases appetite in cases of anorexia

12.It is beneficial for hyperactive and restless children

13.Useful in gingivitis and as ophthalmic wash (in eye pain or barley)

But let’s not forget that he wants attention to overconsumption as it can cause nausea, headaches, heart rhythms and insomnia. In addition, essential oil should be completely avoided by pregnant women.

How to make chamomile drink

2 tablespoons of chamomile

600 ml of water

Put the herb in a teapot, pour over boiling water. Cover it and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Strain and add sugar or honey.

 If you want, you can visit www.cretaneshop.gr to find excellent quality of Chamomile!


Ouzo: the famed drink of Greece!

One of the most traditional alcoholic beverage in Greece and one of the most beloved of Greeks! It can be found in nearly all cities, towns, and villages and mainly it served with “mezedes” (the Greek version of tapas) such as octopus, salad, stuffed grape leaves, calamari, fried zucchini, croquettes and it is only made in Greece!


If you’re a fan of Italian Sambuca or French Pastis you’ll love ouzo!

Ouzo production begins with distillation in copper stills.

καζάνι ούζου

copper still

Anise is added, sometimes with other flavorings such as star anise or mastic. Like any other anise-flavored spirit, if you add a little water to ouzo, it’ll get milky. So place one or two ice cubes in a small glass. Pour a small amount of ouzo over the ice and enjoy!

You can also mix ouzo in cocktails! Some good flavors to mix ouzo with are citrus juices, cranberry juice, banana, and mint!

Try some experimentation or take a look to our suggestion below:


  • 2 ounces ouzo
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Soda water
  • Orange slices, for garnish


Place the ouzo, mint and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and top with soda water. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Visit our e-shop and explore your ouzo selections!




The recipe is from: here


Τhe treasure of Crete!

It is known as the “Black Gold” of Crete and its name is Carob!

Carob is native to the eastern Mediterranean, where it has been in cultivation for at least 4000 years. The plant was well known to the ancient Greeks, who planted seeds of this plant in in the southern parts of Greece and mainly in Crete.

the carob tree

the carob tree

Seeds were used to weight gold, therefore the word «carat.» As ancient traders traveled around the Mediterranean and surrounding areas, they turned to the carob bean as a unit of measurement. A gemstone would be weighed and put onto a balance, the other side would have carob seeds on it. A stone that balanced 5 seeds was said to weigh 5 seeds – then 5 carobs – then 5 carats.





When the fruit of carob is unripe, its color is green and then it’s become brown. The fruit of carob is 15 to 30 centimeters in length and is fairly thick and broad.





Carob also has excellent nutritional value! It contains Magnesium, Calcium, Iron and also vitamins A, B, and D. It also has medicinal uses including the treatment of coughs, common cold and anemia. Because of the usefulness of Carob, there are a wide range of products from its fruits.

For example the carob syrup, Charoupomelo is the Greek name, is an natural sweet drink made by grinding the carob pods and then extracting the syrup by boiling the powder in hot water. Used in Crete as a natural sweetener, and is considered a natural source of calcium. It contains three times more calcium than milk and it can be used as a sweetener for hot and cold drinks, yogurt, ice cream, cakes etc.












Carob is an excellent alternative to chocolate! You can use the syrup, the same way as you would chocolate in almost all recipes. And you can enjoy your favorite sweet treats with fewer calories, fat, and sugar!!!

Carob Powder Cacao

Carob Powder Cacao










Don’t miss the chance to visit our e-shop, to explore all these wonderful products!




Δραστηριότητες για παιδιά κάθε Κυριακή στον Αρόλιθο!

Στο πλαίσιο των δράσεων του Πολιτιστικού Συλλόγου Φίλων της Παράδοσης «Νόστος», από την 1η Κυριακή του Νοέμβρη και σχεδόν κάθε Κυριακή μεσημέρι έως και τον Απρίλιο στον Αρόλιθο, κυρίως τους χειμωνιάτικους μήνες, οργανώνουμε εκπαιδευτικές δραστηριότητες ή θεατρικά δρώμενα! Όλες οι δραστηριότητες είναι εμπνευσμένες από τις τις παραδόσεις και την αντίστοιχη εποχή (π.χ. Χριστούγεννα, Πάσχα, Απόκριες)! Συνέχεια


Arolithos among the best hotels in Europe, according to the Holiday Check!

With lots of joy we received the letter of congratulations from Holidaycheck, one of the largest Review Sites Worldwide! According to the most popular site for customer reviews, the Arolithos tops the preference of users that upload reviews about their experiences at the hotel they chose for their stay! Συνέχεια