Welcome to Anogia
Here locals cling to time-honoured traditions, and it’s the norm to see men gossiping in the kafeneia (coffee houses), flicking komboloïa (stringed beads) in their hand, and dressed in traditional black shirts with vraka (baggy pants) tucked into black boots. Elderly women, meanwhile, keep busy selling traditional woven blankets and embroidered textiles. The town's turbulent history – in WWII and under Ottoman rule – has instilled a legacy of rebelliousness and a determination to express an undiluted Cretan character.
The town's also famous for its stirring music and has spawned many of Crete’s best-known musicians, such as Nikos Xylouris.