The famous “DAFNES” wine (VQPRD) is produced in Dafnes and originates from the grape variety known as “Liatiko”.
The wine festival of Dafnes was started in 1976. The event lasts for about ten to fifteen days and takes place in the first fifteen days of July each year, at the village square, where visitors are welcome to choose and drink the fine wine of Dafnes which is offered abundantly for free. Visitors may also taste excellent traditional dishes at low prices under the sound of live traditional music and enjoy folk dances by distinguished dancers, with different bands performing each evening. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit various exhibitions of folk Cretan art, displaying works of drawing, pottery and icon-painting. Furthermore, there are various exhibitions of books, rural tools and equipment, as well as of local wines.
Matala Beach Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Crete, is organized to keep the myth of Matala alive! A unique festival on the sandy beach beneath the caves made famous during the hippie era of the 1960s and ‘70s. Distance: 1h and 24minutes. 70 km
The theme of the first “Yakinthia” was the “Great Erotic” songs and was dedicated to the memory of Manos Hatzidakis, the great Greek singer. Since then, every year, “Yakinthia” festival has a different theme and, usually, connects Cretan music and Cretan folk tradition with musical traditions from other parts of Greece and the Mediterranean. - Distance: 40 minutes - 23km
It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season. Distance: 1h and 18 minutes. 78 km