WORKSHOPS - SHOPS
In Arolithos, there are various popular art workshops, such as ceramics, weaving. Those sections are open for the hotel guests, for tourist groups visiting the village, as well as for individual travelers looking for an oasis of calm.
WOVEN TEXTILE EXHIBITION
At the woven textile exhibition, which is the biggest shop of the village, visitors may see Cretan looms, traditional woven textiles, embroideries, and knits used by homemakers to decorate their house. Cretan textiles are famous all over the world. Genuine threads, yarns and true colors lend textiles beauty and authenticity. Cretan symbols and pictures of the Cretans’ daily life are depicted on them.
The traditional blacksmith’s is one of the most interesting workshops in Arolithos.
The workshop of mosaic presents this special ancient art which is still alive and developed nowadays. Our visitor can find very nice items for decoration of the interior of the house or even the yard and the garden. One can see wonderful mirrors, frames, pictures made of mosaic, earthen flower pots, or even small but usefull items for making our home nice and special. The artist is always willing to inform you about this exceptional art.
THE WOOD OVEN
In Arolithos, there is a traditional wood oven, where kneaded bread is baked and subsequently consumed in the tavern. The oven operates on wood that burns inside it until it turns into charcoal. After reaching the appropriate temperature, it is cleaned with the use of panistra, specific oven brushes so that bread can be placed in it.
The grocer’s called “To Diktamo” [“the Dittany”] sells wine, ouzo, raki, Cretan buns and rusk rolls, vanilla dessert, stewed fruits in syrup, as well as herbs of Crete.