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Erasmus teachers and students in our village!

Groups of students and teachers, from schools in Europe choose our village and our folklore museum for their visit, in order to learn about the tradition of Crete!

The folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum

Teachers and professors of the Erasmus Program, wanting their students to contact with folklore, architecture and the local cuisine of Crete, choose to visit our village! Contact with the natural environment of Arolithos Village, in conjunction with experiential activities,  offering their knowledge and experience, truly unforgettable!

Apart from visiting  the village or the museum, you can choose from a multitude of activities. Meet the Cretan life through a variety of experiential activities. Cretan diet, Kneading Bread, Komboloe and much more.

We invite you to think of our village as an opportunity to offer you traditional hospitality and services in the heart of the island!

We are at your disposal, for anything that you need! 

Contact us here: 0030-2810821050 and info@arolithos.com

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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

www.arolithos.com

 

The cretan sariki

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Because many people do not know what the word «sariki» is the scarf wearing the Cretans in their heads! The word sariki is a Turkish remnant and comes from the Latin Caissarion, which was the overlap of Caesar’s head that declared the degree of power. Before that name, the Cretan dialect was called a petsa! It is said that the Cretans wore a specific sariki since the end of the 15th century, which they called «tzevre» when it was colorful…The modern knitted ‘’sariki’’ with thick fringes that look like tears, appeared in the 20th century. Its fringes symbolize the many years of Ottoman rule in Crete and the sorrow and the lament that caused the Holocaust of the Monastery of Arkadi in 1866. It is knitted in two embroidered colors, in white and black! White is usually worn in joyful circumstances such as weddings and baptisms, while black shows pride and mourning…

 Find the amazing cretan sariki in our cretaneshop.gr

Shearing sheeps in Crete!

Shearing sheeps in Crete is one of the oldest traditions on the island! «Koures» is the process when the shepherds are shearing the sheeps. Always been a reason for all the shepherds to get together during the shearing, to talk and socialize! «Koures» symbolize the joint support of the shepherds, since each one of them welcomes the others (and their families) to help him in the shearing of his own flock. Of course he hosts them as best as he can, knowing that in a few days he will have to attend himself in a shearing to another shepherds stable!

The shearing is held in early summer. «Koures» is important because the animal is relieved from the heat of the sun and because they keep wool that later the women will use by some specific processes to make clothes and traditional Cretan weavings! Sure is a very important social event, that’s why it is usually accompanied by delicious food («ofto»lamb), good wine and traditional Cretan music! It’s like a celebration involving sheperds and their families, along with friends!

Here in Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village we did the shearing of the sheeps! We gathered and began the shearing :-) We cooked lamb and had fun with friends and visitors!