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.


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$19.41 Outdoor Activities

10th Psiloritis Race at 2 June 2019

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThe day before the race there is an optional tour of the old townDuration: 1 hourLocation: Rethymnon Old Town, Rethymnon, Rethymnon Prefecture, CreteThe 35 km. racers get to the peak of Psiloritis mounttain, the highest mountain of Crete. Rest of the participants enjoy the beautiful area near the Kouroutes villageDuration: 6 hoursLocation: Psiloritis Mountain, Anogia, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

$53.66 Outdoor Activities

Psiloritis races 2010 - 2018

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productAll the previous Psiloritis Race took place on Mount Psiloritis, which has been recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark. Duration: 2 daysLocation: Psiloritis Mountain, Anogia, Rethymnon Prefecture, Crete

$57.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Village exploring Mount Idi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Psiloritis Mountain, Anogia, Rethymnon Prefecture, CreteAbout 50 km away from Rethymnon, at an altitude of almost 800m, there is the village of Anogia. The village took part in all of Crete's struggles for liberation, particularly rising up against the Turks and their occupation of Greece and later against the German occupation in World War Two, when it played a pivotal role in the Battle of Crete. Anogia is also considered to be the center of contemporary Cretan culture, with Nikos Xylouris dominating the cultural heritage of the place. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the central square of the village and admire the local traditional shops, the traditional textiles, the renowned embroidery, the famous woven textiles and the use of the loom. Local people are loyal to their cultural heritage and respect their customs and practices, while they still wear their traditional clothing and retain their local idioms.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Wax Museum in Zoniana, Zoniana, Rethymnon Prefecture, CreteThe village of Zoniana is a mountainous village built on the northern foothills of Psiloritis at an altitude of about 640 meters. According to tradition, the name of the village is related to Zeus and the history of Axos. During the recent history, it has never been inhabited by conquerors and its population was always purely Greek.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sfentoni Cave, Zoniana, Rethymnon Prefecture, CreteSfendoni Cave is considered one of the five most beautiful caves in Greece and it is certainly the most important one on Crete, with stalactites and stalagmites in different shades (gray, white, deep red) depending on the rock formations they are composed of. Some formations glow magically under the spotlights. The scientific explanation is that this impressive glow is coming from the tiny crystals of calcium carbonate, but there are many people who think that there are fairies inside the cave that sprinkle them with glitter powder.Duration: 40 minutes

$662.20 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Tour: Exploring Rethymnon and Villages

Far from the crowds, the connoisseur will find tucked away in the mountainous region of Rethymno the old ways of Cretan production. Our friendly local guide will pick you up from your hotel or closest accessible point towards your hotel for our vehicle. We will get informed on the specific itinerary and we will first visit Margarites village. In Margarites we’ll start off with a crash course in Cretan pottery, and then proceed to the traditional mountain village of Axos, where some of the most beautiful textiles are still being made. The tour will end in the village of Anogia, where the men still wear the time-honored black dress and knee-high leather boots.You can enjoy lunch will at the villages of Anogia or Drosia, at your own expense.