FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL CHEESE MAKING PROCESS
Follow the Traditional Cheese Making Process. Combine some of the most unique panoramic views, visit a honey factory and taste, drive through traditional Cretan villages and find out all about the lifestyle of a Cretan shepherd by exploring an original shepherd’s hut called ‘’Mitato’’ with a small group of 6-8 people in each vehicle. Learn about the history and the traditions of the Island, meet the locals, explore the wildlife of Crete, embrace the renowned Cretan hospitality and taste the delicious Cretan cheese and cuisine.
Your day will start from Rethymnon city (perfect opportunity to make a camp stop there as well – Rethymno is amazing) heading southeast through coastline road until Melidoni Village and Apithano Honey factory where we make our first stop for a guided tour in the factory and taste some honey. After your morning stop and drive through the traditional villages of Milopotamos (Melidoni, Apladiana, Doxaro, Agridia Tsaxiana) and areas with dense vegetation, fresh aromas and unique views.
The amazing route and views continue until we reach the historic Halepa Monastery, which used to be a refuge for Cretan rebels during civil wars where we make our second stop. The unique view from the monastery will inspire you to take pictures, combining the highest mountain tops of Crete with the beautiful valley.
Afterward, an amazing off-road route continues and on the way up to the shepherd’s hut called “Mitato” the panoramic views will take your breath away. If you are lucky, you will get to marvel up close at some wild eagles and goats and take some photos. The road will lead us up to a traditional Shepherd’s hut where you will find out all about the lifestyle of a shepherd and the cheese-making process.
Leaving the shepherd’s hut and already working up our appetite you will soon arrive at a traditional Cretan tavern in Axos village, where we are going to introduce you to Cretan cuisine and heartfelt hospitality with plenty of local platters. Enough time will be provided after lunch for those who wish to enjoy a cup of coffee. On your way back we will follow an asphalt road that will lead us to the city of Rethymnon. More