Books in Plakias

Lending Library

Plakias’ well-stocked, multilanguage lending library is 250m beyond the youth hostel.
Food & Drinks in Rethymno


Foodies will love Avli’s Raw Materials store that’s packed with a huge range of gourmet delights from around Greece, including great wines, olive oils and soaps.
Ceramics in Rethymno

Frosso Bora

This local artist makes beautiful pots, vases, candlesticks, bowls and other vessels from local clay using the wheel or slabs. Prices are very reasonable.
Fashion & Accessories in Rethymno

Leather Studio Kanakakis

At this small store-cum-workshop you can watch the owner crank out handmade leather belts in all sorts of colours and designs. There’s also a good assortment of leather handbags, wallets and shoes.
Music in Rethymno


This tiny store filled with musical instruments is the place to get that bouzouki or Cretan lyra (three-stringed instrument similar to a violin). You can also pick up CDs of local Cretan music.
Arts & Crafts in Maroulas

Marianna’s Workshop

Right on the main road of Maroulas, you’ll find tiny Marianna’s Workshop. Marianna Founti-Vassi collects aromatic medicinal herbs from the mountains to make her unique range of teas and oils from natural extracts us…
Cosmetics in Argyroupoli

Lappa Avocado Shop

Across the street from the remains of Ancient Lappa and under the stone archway, you’ll find the Lappa Avocado Shop. Not only does it sell excellent avocado-based beauty products, but it doubles as an unofficial tou…
Ceramics in Rethymno

Handmade Stories

The brightly glazed pottery here makes great, useable souvenirs. Choose a Minoan-designed salt shaker, olive bowls or raki shot cups. Much of it is produced in the nearby town of Margarites. The owner will pack your…
Arts & Crafts in Rethymno


John Spantidakis works with raw leather – not pre-dyed or pre-cut – to create bags, belts and wallets that will make you crave leatherware like never before. Paint strokes and unusual cuts lift this traditional art …
Arts & Crafts in Rethymno

Wood Art

Many of the wooden ware you find in Greece has been imported from Tunisia. But Niko Siragas creates his own here using woodturning techniques dating back to the Minoans. An internationally acclaimed artist and teach…