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Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Let’s try this amazing recipe! Our favorite chicken, with some different touches…

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!


A whole chicken, cut into small pieces


Chicken marinade

1 tablespoon grated lavender

4 tablespoons of extra vergin olive oil

4 tablespoons honey

juice of 1 lemon



Mix well all the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Place the chicken in a baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot with fried potatoes or wild rice!

Bon Appétit!

In our online store, you can find great quality of extra virgin olive oil, honey and cretan herbs.

Visit www.cretaneshop.gr and for any information contact us: 0030-2810821050 or eshop@arolithos.com



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Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village is now online in PETIT FUTE page.  One of the most important tourist guides for french people who like to explore Crete by themselves.

Proud to be part of this book and online directory.

Official website: www.arolithos.com

Run Greece – ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟ!

RUN9102Με εντατικό ρυθμό και κεντρικό σύνθημα «ΕΛΑΤΕ ΝΑ ΔΙΑΣΧΙΣΟΥΜΕ ΟΛΟΙ ΜΑΖΙ ΤΗΝ ΠΟΛΗ ΤΟΥ ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟΥ, ΜΕ ΟΠΟΙΟΝ ΤΡΟΠΟ ΕΣΕΙΣ ΕΠΙΘΥΜΕΙΤΕ, ΤΡΕΧΟΝΤΑΣ Η ΒΑΔΙΖΟΝΤΑΣ», συνεχίζονται οι προετοιμασίες για τη μεγάλη γιορτή του αθλητισμού και πολιτισμού στο κέντρο της πόλης του Ηρακλείου, τους αγώνες δρόμου με την ονομασία RUN GREECE ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟ! Συνέχεια

Πάσχα στον Αρόλιθο! – Easter celebration in Arolithos!

Κάθε χρόνο γιορτάζουμε το χριστιανικό Πάσχα στον Αρόλιθο, με βάση τα πατροπαράδοτα ήθη και έθιμα!

Την Μεγάλη Παρασκευή από νωρίς το πρωί αρχίζει ο στολισμός του Σταυρού και του επιταφίου! Είστε όλοι ευπρόσδεκτοι να βοηθήσετε! Μπορείτε αν θέλετε να φέρετε και τα δικά σας λουλούδια :) Αργότερα κατά τις 14:00 αρχίζει ο Εσπερινός της Αποκαθήλωσης και κατά τις 15:00 ακολουθεί το νηστίσιμο μεσημεριανό γεύμα! Στις 16:30 έως και τις 18:00 ψάλλονται τα Εγκώμια και αρχίζει η περιφορά του Επιταφίου. Αμέσως μετά κατά τις 19:00 ακολουθεί το νηστίσιμο δείπνο! Συνέχεια

New contest by Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village!

We welcome July with an incredible contest :) Send us a photo of your favorite Greek landscape! The photo must be taken by you, and why not … to pose in it ;) You can send it at facebook@arolithos.com (and not posting it on our Facebook wall) from now until Friday, July 8! The winner will be judged by the number of «likes»! So the photo with the most «likes», will win! What? One night in a double room at our hotel in Arolithos :-)

The photos will be uploaded in our Facebook page on Friday July 8 at 18:00 and the contest will end on Friday, July 15 at 18:00 where we will announce the winner, again through Facebook. Until then we can all vote with our «likes»!

Let’s see … What is your favorite Greek landscape? It would be good if along with the photo you send us the name of the location, the year and your name! If you want to tell us and the little story that accompanies it, even better :)

Thanks! We are looking forward for your photo!

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!

Book in Arolithos and discover Crete!

Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village is situated in Heraklion, about 11 kilometers away from the centre of the town! Built on the slope of a mountain, in the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past of older generations as for their way of living while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations.

It feels great to relax by the pool, surrounded by nature and clean air, or take part in some of the experiential activities organized by Arolithos people! But your staying would be more interesting if you decide to visit some of the most important sights worth seeing :) The Hotel of Arolithos is a focal point from which you can begin to visit these places! We are located in the centre of Crete ;)

Here are some of the destinations we recommend you should definitely visit: Συνέχεια

Win two days in Arolithos Hotel!

Good month to everyone! Here in Arolithos we welcomed May with friends making the most beautiful flower wreaths! Because we loved the festive atmosphere we want to continue like this :-) So we thought to create a contest!

Send us your funniest photo and win two days in our hotel! The photos will be displayed all together on the same day, and the one with the most «likes», will win the contest!

The procedure is as follows: You send us a funny photo of you in facebook@arolithos.com then we will upload it in our page on facebook with all the others who have been sent to us. Συνέχεια

Σας καλωσορίζουμε στο blog του Αρόλιθου!

Σας καλωσορίζουμε στο blog του Παραδοσιακού Κρητικού Χωριού – Αρόλιθος!

Μαζί θα μοιραζόμαστε τις σκέψεις μας για την Κρήτη και την παράδοσή της, τα νέα μας από το Ξενοδοχείο και το Μουσείο Αγροτικής Ιστορίας και Λαϊκής Τέχνης, τις προσφορές κι εκπλήξεις μας και τα νέα από το eshop μας με παραδοσιακά, κρητικά προϊόντα!

Ο Αρόλιθος είναι η μοναδική τουριστική επιχείρηση σε μορφή ενός παραδοσιακού κρητικού χωριού! Βρίσκόμαστε μόλις 11 χλμ έξω από το Ηράκλειο Κρήτης πάνω στην πλαγιά ενός βουνού, μέσα στο άγριο κρητικό τοπίο. Ένα στολίδι στο χάρτη της κρητικής φύσης, θυμίζοντας στους παλαιότερους αναμνήσεις από τον τρόπο της ζωής τους και δείχνοντας στους νεώτερους την απλότητα και την ομορφιά του παρελθόντος!

Στόχος μας είναι να προβάλλουμε την κρητική παράδοση, τα ήθη και τα έθιμα του τόπου, την αρχιτεκτονική και τις αξίες του κρητικού λαού, μέσα από ένα έργο το οποίο θα μείνει ζωντανό ανά τους αιώνες!

Εδώ στον Αρόλιθο κάνουμε πολλά! Ελάτε να γνωριστούμε :-)

Σας ευχαριστούμε

Welcome to the blog of Traditional Cretan Village – Arolithos!

Here we will share our thoughts about Crete and its tradition, the news from the Hotel and the Museum of Local Art and Agricultural History, the offers and surprises and the news from our eshop with traditional Cretan products!

Arolithos is the only tourist company in the form of a traditional Cretan village! We are located just 11 kilometers away from Heraklion on the side of a mountain, in the wild Cretan countryside. A jewel on the map of Cretan nature, evoking memories of the older way of life, and showing the younger the simplicity and beauty of the past!

Our goal is to promote the Cretan tradition, manners and customs of the land, architecture and values of the Cretan people, through a project that will stay alive through the centuries!

Here in Arolithos we do so much! Come and know us :-)

Thank you